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The Hookers of Cumberland County

The Hookers of Cumberland County

When I first moved to Pugwash, it wasn't long before I discovered that the area was a veritable hive of hookers. Rug hookers. It seemed like everyone I met was deep into this traditional form of fibre artistry.  I was curious. Not curious enough to dive into...

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She Writes!

She Writes!

In fact, Prudy White has always written.  When she was training and working as a nurse, she wrote. When she was raising a family, she stayed up late in the evening and wrote. Her husband and kids knew she wrote. It was part of the fabric of her life. And it...

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing

When you sit down with Rosaria Campbell there is a sense of authenticity, a grounded feeling, a calm that settles in and makes you feel like you are in the presence of someone who is comfortable with herself and her writing. It is hard to describe. But one thing is...

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Back to the Forge

Back to the Forge

Diane Burnham works with metal. Not an easy medium. It requires fortitude, patience and the strength to endure. I was interested in how she discovered her passion for this physically demanding art form. No matter what she is tackling, whether it is a sculpture in her...

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Artists for Hire: Commissions Part III

Artists for Hire: Commissions Part III

Krista Wells is a visual artist and musician working on the Fundy Shore in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. She is co-founder of the vibrant Art Lab Studios and Gallery and currently one of the five artists - including herself, Michael Fuller, Jill Langford, Krista Levy Odlin,...

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Artists for Hire: Commissions Part II

Artists for Hire: Commissions Part II

Barbara Muir's paintings are exuberant, colourful and full of a zest for life, just like the artist herself.  We first bumped into each other in Pugwash about 2007, where my husband and I had moved to run the Chatterbox Cafe. Barbara and her husband Stephen...

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Artists for Hire – Commissions Part I

Artists for Hire – Commissions Part I

Some artists are open to commission work. It can supplement their income in addition to their regular art practice. Usually they are approached to create art work that has a set of criteria attached, based on a client's needs and sensibilities.  As you can...

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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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