Kings County Art Scene July 31

Wendy Elliott
Published on July 31, 2014

Artist Jean Leung of Grand Pre was displaying her work, including this mixed medium acrylic and watercolour painting of the Grand Pre World Heritage Site entitled ‘Spring in Grand Pre’ as part of the annual Mud Creek Days Art Festival outside the Wolfville Curling Club. She is one of 17 artists belonging to the Evangeline Artists’ Co-operative.

©Kirk Starratt

New at CentreStage

Although he is in his early 20s now, Brian Dowd can’t shake his feelings of self-doubt and social awkwardness whenever he’s anywhere near Jerry Finnegan’s sister, Beth. 

He’s felt this way since the age of seven when her family moved in next door. Beth has no idea of his unrequited love and it’s do or die for Brian when he learns that she is about to be married. Determined to declare himself at last, he’s resolved to meet his fears head-on. After all, what’s he got to lose – except the love of his life!

Written by Jack Neary, this highly acclaimed comedy will appeal to all audiences.  It is directed by Mindy Vinqvist Tymchuk. Cast members include Marc Hetu, Emily Lutz (Aug. 1, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29), Danielle Lutz (Aug. 2, 30).

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister opens in the newly-renovated Main Stage Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 10 and 24.

Tickets are $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations).



Auditions scheduled

The Greenwood Players welcome all interested thespians or "would like to be's" to attend open auditions for the fall production of Miracle on 34th Street.

The play has roles for men and women from 18 and up and four children ages eight to 12.

Auditions are conducted in a group script reading format. Audition reading sessions will take place on the Greenwood Players stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre on Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and 11 from 7-9 p.m. and Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m.

For further information, contact 765-0906. Please note: all participants in the Greenwood Players will need to have a valid Community Rec Pass or Club Card.

 Summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre has its final play of the season, Mass Appeal, opening tonight.

Mass Appeal is the most produced play by prolific American playwright Bill C. Davis. Written in 1980, it quickly became a Broadway hit. The play is a two-character comedy-drama focusing on a complacent Roman Catholic pastor and an idealistic young deacon who is assigned to his affluent suburban parish.

Mass Appeal will run until August 17 and features well known Halifax actor Lee J. Campbell with direction by Pamela Halstead.

Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.

The Two Planks & a Passion Theatre summer season runs until Aug. 17 at Ross Creek, near Canning. Shows are outdoors at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and indoors in case of rain.

The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard, in which a group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves, directed by Ken Schwartz. It starts at 6 p.m.

Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was created and directed by Ken Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story.

Both shows are not always on the same night.


Concert series in New Minas

New Minas recreation is holding another Saturday afternoon concert series this summer in Lockhart-Ryan Park with Winehardt playing on Aug. 2.


Musique Royale on tour

The Best of Boxwood Musicians will be in Port Williams on Aug. 1, 7.30 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Best of Boxwood gathers the renowned artists presented at the annual festival in Lunenburg for an explosion of musical traditions. Their lively program captures the fun, passion and powerful connections between traditional folk music of Maritime Canada, Ireland, Scotland and beyond and their roots in the baroque and renaissance. Featuring some of the top artists across the spectrum of Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, Maritime, ballad singing and baroque music, a concert with any one of these amazing musicians would make for a great evening; together it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Featuring William Coulter, guitar; David Greenberg, Cape Breton and baroque violin; Nuala Kennedy, Irish flute and songs; Alison McGillivray, cello; Chris Norman, flutes, pipes, and songs; and Eamon O’Leary, ballads, banjo and guitar.

Then, on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m., classical guitarist Sylvie Proulx and soprano Janice Jackson will perform in Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville

Salsa Barocca is a Spanish program that explores the Latin American folk genre along with Spanish and South American Baroque repertoire. It features music from Spain, Bolivia, Peru, and beyond. Selections include voice and guitar arrangements ranging from chanonas to tangos and reflect the African indigenous and European influences that define Latin American music.



Love in Bloom

A late-summer social at Prescott House Museum will feature live theatre dramatic readings of Kings County love stories and music on the green.

Held in the gardens of the Starr’s Point museum from 2-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, it is a fundraiser for the Kings County Museum.

The audience is encouraged to wear fancy, period clothing and a prize will be awarded. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $12.


In the galleries


-      Barry's World is on at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 24.This solo exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts.

-      The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour is open daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., featuring Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame a cigar box guitar maker. Also in Hall’s Harbour, Charlene Swift-McCullough is the featured artist at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest and of the Paints and Pots Creative Artist group.

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-      Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood, is on display at the Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 11.

 - At Ocean Spirit Studio in Canning are rug portraits by Margaret Forsey, jewelry by Michelle Faihe and paintings by Freda Nauss.

- Uncommon Common Art has kicked off its seventh season. Until mid-October, there will be 18 installations set up at sites throughout Kings County. Brochures/maps will be available at all Visitor Information Centres and area businesses.