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Unearthing the Past

Unearthing the Past

I think I first met Peggy Walt in the 1990's when she was the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Nova Scotia Arts Council. She also worked for the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Publishers' Marketing Assoc., eventually forming her own company, Cultural...

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Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

When Louise Cloutier retired from teaching at the local high school in Pugwash, she channelled her creative energy by establishing a centre for art workshops in the village. ArtQuarters was a welcome injection of art education for all ages for four years. Promotion on...

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Refreshing

Refreshing

Even seasoned artists like Cathy Dalton can feel unsure, question themselves, lack confidence about their art work. I know. It's hard to believe when you see this prolific painter's output on Face Book (https://www.facebook.com/cathydalton123) and Instagram...

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Celebrating the Magnificent

Celebrating the Magnificent

When Richard Dittami was a young man, writing was more of a survival mechanism. Living most of his life in Massachusetts and working in the construction trade, Richard considered himself a 'blue-collar poet'. He spoke of the minutiae of life, responding to injustice,...

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Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

After an absence from art making, being immersed in many other life obligations, filmmaker/photographer Catherine Bussiere admits she was wilting, maybe without even realizing it.  Being the creative person that she is, she knows how to channel the artistic urge...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

While developing her work for the small group show, Start with a Line, in 2022, Pugwash artist Archan Knotz realized she had always denied that she had strong emotions. She had learned at a young age to bury her feelings to fit in. The message in her family was that...

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THE WRITING CHALLENGE

THE WRITING CHALLENGE

The writing life means not always staying in the same lane. Jill MacLean has moved from romance novels, exquisite poetry and writing successful, award-winning contemporary novels for middle-grade and YA readers. And now, for that last few years she has challenged...

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Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking

I asked my friend and fellow Pugwash Artist Collective member, Jenn Houghtaling, how she has managed to find time for art while juggling the many obligations and committee work involved with being a municipal councillor for the last three years, as well as a leader in...

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Capturing Likeness, Or Not

Capturing Likeness, Or Not

I love using people as subject matter. Not so much as 'portraits', not so much to replicate them on a canvas, but just because I am inspired by the gesture or their way of looking at you or something about them. Attitude? Essence? And sometimes, the resulting art work...

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Margaret Boyle – Life in Abstract

Margaret Boyle – Life in Abstract

I do not remember when I met Margaret. It was in 2019 or 2020. She was heavily involved with The Fraser Gallery in Tatamagouche, NS, where the Pugwash Artist Collective had shows every couple of years. She was instrumental in establishing a gift shop at the entrance...

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