The Parrsboro vernissage and opening reception of the Nova Scotia Printmakers travelling exhibition A Sense Of Belonging will be on Sunday, 1 November from 2 pm – 5 pm in Main & Station’s secondfloor gallery
In this exhibition twenty-five printmakers from around the province and beyond explore the theme of Nova Scotia’s local culture through diverse printmaking techniques on paper. Together these works make up a colourful, varied picture, while separately they each tell their own contained story.
More than an exhibition, this is also a print exchange in which each participating printmaker receives a full set of prints and so gets to hold on to the entire colourful interpretation of their home or adopted province.
The exhibit will remain on display until 28 November.
The Nova Scotia Printmakers is an informal body of professional printmakers and individuals with a more general interest in the printmaking media. Members share a common concern for printmaking and the desire to promote Nova Scotia prints and printmakers. Founded in 1988, NS Printmakers connects printmakers in the region, educates the public on both traditional and experimental forms of print media, and organizes regular exhibits.
On Wednesday 9 September, poets Darryl Whetterfrom Advocate Harbour, NS and Czandra (Sandra Stephenson) from Rigaud, QC will be at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café to read and perform their work. The evening will begin at 7:30pm.
Czandra is an eclectic poet and essayist of many styles and a single voice. Her poems range from playful and melodious to terse and formal. Her subjects cover social commentary, language, the everyday and the unique. Her voice has been acclaimed by listeners who find an arresting “je ne sais quoi” in the way Czandra reads.
Czandra has a history of organizing poetry events, editing books for other people and providing venues for poets to read, work, protest and learn. She is a regular reader at Twigs & Leaves near Montreal, has many poems in various publications (magazines and anthologies) in seven provinces, the US and New Zealand. Recordings of her readings are archived in several places. Currently one poem is part of an exhibit at a BC University because it helped save a 27-acre forest, and another is displayed in a poem garden in Kingston Ontario. Her four chapbooks are as different from each other as sea creatures. Nova Scotia’s Antigonish Review was Czandra’s first Canadian publisher. MORE ABOUT CZANDRA
Darryl Whetter is a short-story writer, novelist, poet, critic and professor. His debut collection of stories was chosen to The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2003. His bicycle-novel The Push & the Pull followed in 2008. In 2012, he released Origins, a book of poems about evolution, energy and extinction. Darryl holds a PhD in English and has taught creative writing and English at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Windsor, Dalhousie University and Université Sainte-Anne. He has published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the United States, India and Iceland. His book reviews appear regularly in papers such as The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Vancouver Sun. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a regular reviewer on the national CBC Radio show Talking Books. The pot-smuggling novel Keeping Things Whole is his fourth book. DARRYL’S WEBSITE