Kings County Art Scene July 8

Wendy Elliott
Published on July 6, 2014

Wartime anniversary

The Wolfville Historical Society will screen a documentary film on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. The National Film Board’s And They Knew How to Dance, is about the work of Canadian women during the First World War. Admission is free.

There is also a special poetry event, The Pity of War, which will held twice on July 19–20 in the Festival Theatre.

Michael Bawtree, Andria Hill-Lehr, Charles Follini and Nate Crawford will read some of the finest poetry and prose from the First World War-era. Bawtree says they will start with the patriotic excitement at the start and run the gamut of sadness and horror at war’s continuation.

The historical society president, Anthony Harding, is selecting and arranging the material, Bawtree said. Neil Peter Jampolis will act as design and lighting consultant.

The performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on July 19 and 2 p.m. on July 20. Tickets are $5 and will be available from the Box of Delights or at the door.



Scott’s Bay paintings

Jim Woodside, a painter and seasonal resident in Scott’s Bay, has an exhibit opening July 10 at the new restaurant in the village, The Haze.

Working outside, from direct observation, for the past 19 summers, he has been doing oil paintings in and around Scott’s Bay.

During the school year, Woodside and his wife, photographer, Holly Worthington, live just outside of Boston and teach at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA.

Woodside’s small collection of Scott’s Bay paintings will be on display from July 10-23.


At Prescott House

Children’s workshops will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8-Aug. 21, 10 a.m.–noon, at Prescott House, near Port Williams.

Every Tuesday, Prescott House will host a variety of fun and educational workshops for children age five and up. Thursday is art day. For children who love to paint, draw and create, this is the perfect activity.

Space is limited. Please pre-register by contacting the museum 542-3984 or emailing

CD release shows


Ask Your Sister is a three-sister band from Wolfville, who have been performing since childhood. Ariana, Sahara and Kamila Nasr spent their youth immersed in music. After living much of their adult lives apart, pursuing wildly varying music careers in many different countries, the sisters have united to form Ask Your Sister, a band that features three-part harmonies sung in sister style.

Their first CD, Invincible, was produced by Ariana's husband, Andy Flinn, and will be released in Nova Scotia July 10-13. Invincible's old-school pop sounds range from ska to folk to jazz. The three sisters performed all the vocals, guitars, keyboards, saxophones, flutes and jawharps on the CD, and were accompanied by Flinn on bass and Alex Porter on drums.  The lyrics to the title track were written by yet another sister, Sophia Nasr, who had originally intended it to be a country song.

Many songs on the album are an invocation to get up and dance, such as the track "ZouZou," a song about being the first one on the dance floor. In a similar vein is the song "Hoop Girl," dedicated to all the hula hoopers out there.  There is also a song about arguing with your sisters ("Sister Resister"), an ode to a street musician ("Maddy Malone"), and even a song in Chinese. The band spent some time in China earlier this year, where they had some lyrics written by a Beijing artist, Suzixu. 

Ask Your Sister will be performing two CD Release shows in the Annapolis Valley and one in Halifax.  They will also be performing this year at the Acoustic Maritime Festival on the Kempt Shore. 

The first show is on July 10 at the Old Orchard Inn Barn in Wolfville at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available online from and Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville.

Then, on July 12, they’ll perform at Union Street Café in Berwick at 8 p.m. Tickets available from the Café. Call 902-538-7787 to reserve.



Two summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre will showcase the play Marion Bridge by Nova Scotia’s own Daniel MacIvor in the Al Whittle Theatre until July 20.

Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.

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

The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, will preview on July 8, 10 and 11 and open on July 12 at 6 p.m. The play is 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. It is directed by Ken Schwartz.

Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was also created and directed by Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story. It previews July 9 and 11 and opens July 12.

A Halifax shuttle runs on Saturdays in August. 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.

On July 12, Music Dogs will perform, then on July 19, Tony & Lenny are lined up. Pond Holla is scheduled for July 26, followed by Winehardt on Aug. 2.

Sleuth on stage

Not for the faint of heart, Sleuth, the ultimate game of cat and mouse, is played out in a cozy English country home owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke.

Sleuth is a Tony Award-winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer. The 1972 movie version was nominated for four Oscars. CentreStage’s Sleuth is directed by Chérie Zinck. Cast members are Bryen Stoddard and Mike Butler.

Sleuth opens in the newly-renovated Main Stage Theatre in the Lower Performance Centre on July 11 and 12; showtime is 8 p.m.

This production is not recommended for children.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students or seniors. Call 678-8040 for reservations.




Ghost walks popular

Ghost walks are becoming a popular summer activity across the Valley. The newest one will start next month at historic St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Auburn.

The church, which was consecrated in 1790, is going to present lamplight historic cemetery tours Tuesday evenings starting July 8 and continuing through Aug. 26. The start time is 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. The church is located on Highway 1, near Aylesford. For more information, call 847-9847.

Meanwhile, Jerome the GraveKeeper and his ghostly friends will be back to inform and entertain in Kentville, Wolfville, Hall’s Harbour, Grand Pré and Windsor this summer. 

Check the website for details, but chances are there’s a ghost walk happening somewhere Thursday to Saturday and now Tuesdays in Auburn.



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.


-  “In the nature of things” is a new exhibit of photography by Rachel Cooper in the gallery space at CentreStage Theatre, Kentville. The exhibit runs until July 12 and can be seen every Friday and Saturday evening and for matiness by theatregoers.



-      The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour features Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame; a cigar box guitar maker.

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-  Ed Hollett of Cenreville is the artist on display at the Designer Cafe in Kentville. His work will be on display until July 27.

- 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.