The new, the restored, and the classic share the stage at February 19, ARTs Tuesday. This popular series, sponsored by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC), features short segments of live music, art and drama in an informal setting.
The program will kick off at 7 p.m. with music by Ashley Moffatt, aka “Little Miss Moffatt.” A native of south-western Ontario, Moffatt moved to Nova Scotia in 2000, drawn to the Halifax music scene. Her 2003 LP “Miss Canada” earned her an ECMA nomination. As a founder of the Halifamous Wilderbeats, she paired with singer-songwriter Joyce Saunders to write, record, and release two children’s nature albums. Full-time work for Parks Canada at Kejimkujik took her away from music for a while, but in 2012 she released a new CD “Wild About Nature,” a blend of quirky and catchy nature tunes about sea cucumbers, bats, owls, beavers, and even pandas. For our program, she will entertain with a mix of old and new songs.
Following a short coffee break, art restoration specialist Michelle Gallinger of Bridgetown will talk and show slides about her work as an arts conservator. Gallinger, who has a Master’s Degree in Art Conservation and Restoration from Queen’s University, has worked at the National Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the McKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. She now works privately on the restoration of fine art and historic interiors, including easel paintings, soapstone sculpture, wall paintings, and historic buildings such as Alexander Graham Bell’s home in Baddeck, and Government House in both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The evening will wrap up with a performance of That Time, a short play by acclaimed playwright Samuel Beckett, which explores recollection and memory as a trail of images of interwoven themes repeat and overlap. Directed by Simon Bonnington, the play will feature Annapolis District Drama Group members Ken Maher, Derek Hawkins, and Brian Dickinson along with Bonnington.
There will be a break between each half hour segment of the program for chatting, enjoying homemade desserts, and viewing gallery exhibits.
ARTs Tuesday begins at 7 p.m. at ARTsPlace, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal. The program usually runs about two hours, and admission is by donation. Snow date will be the following Tuesday.