Main & Station is very pleased that writer and performer Ian Ferrier is once again in Parrsboro for a writer’s residency. You might remember Ian from one of his previous residences: he has taught several writing workshops here and in 2013 he came here with For Body and Light, a contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert and, on that occasion, featuring the dancers Linnea Gwiazda, Marie-Pier Gilbert, and Marie-France Jacques.
At the end of their residency, For Body and Light wowed Parrsborians with their first performance of Coming and Going in our secondfloor gallery. The dance-music-poetry performance was created during the previous weeks while in residence at Main & Station and was inspired by the local environment and lore and especially by the tides coming and going in the Minas Basin. Since that time the company has taken Coming and Going across Canada and to New York City. They have also created and performed several other works, including Bear Dreams which they worked on while Nonesuch artists in residence at Techno-Lith (New City Gas) in Montreal. Ian has now also published books based on these performance works, Coming and Going & Bear Dreams.
The books are available for purchase at Main & Station.
While in Parrsboro Ian is working on a documentary about the wild paper pickers of Minas Basin.
For more information about Ian and what he does, take a look at his website http://ianferrier.com, the Wired on Words website http://wordsandmusicshow.com, and the For Body and Light website http://www.forbodyandlight.org
We are proud to have reknowned nomads Joel Jansa & Tati Gaia at Main & Station as Nonesuch Residents since November 2015.
Joel is from Barcelona. He is a Physicist, Comedian, Peanut Butter Cookie Lover, and Didgeridoo & Violin player. Sometimes he also make crazy music with every other instrument around. Tatiana is a Graphic Designer, Tattoo Artist, practitioner of Slack-Line, and Tapioca Queen. Both are passionate about the planet we share and treating it gently.We have a collective movement with a mutual empowerment focus that aims to foster and promote the sustainability and overall health of both people and the planet. We are focused to share the alternatives on self-reliance, in holistic health, responsible consciousness and environmental awareness. With the conviction that another world is possible, we want to contribute to the increasing shift of positive values. We encourage the reflection of our habits and daily choices with real examples. The information of ancestral and modern knowledge, technology, projects and people with an attitude demonstrating that living sustainably is indeed possible, and is already a reality, here and now!
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Throughout the summer and autumn, Sarah Beth Goncarova was here in Nova Scotia bending branches, wiring lights and recording sounds. In August and September we were privileged to have her experiential sculpture, What Gifts the Rain May Bring, installed in the secondfloor gallery at Main & Station. She also created installations in the gardens at West Bay and at The Pond House. Check out the videos, words, and images below for a taste of her wonderful creations.
Sarah Beth Goncarova is also a poet…
What Gifts the Rain May Bring
for Judith and Harvey
What you call Invasive Species
I see for what they are—
scourged by hurricane winds,
dried up and tired and
picked at and picked over
Oh-so-ready to rest their broken bones
into the damp
In these I see
a haven in the trees
for fireflies lost and forgotten
from the wind who
will always have her way
A nest to nourish lost dreams–
the ones most meaningful and yet
most likely to be sneered at
and declared Invasive
and sprayed with Round-Up
and chopped up don’t worry
it’s better this way
I see a place where you can do handstands and cartwheels
and build castles in the mud
and forts in the trees
and play Uno in your undies
in a tree house by flashlight
and talk like gangsters
and chew on carrots like cigars
and drink root beer floats without mom knowing
and blow bubbles through straws
with your nose
We all need a place to play–
a nest for fireflies lost and forgotten
where you can do anything
or do nothing
and just watch what gifts the rain may bring –
even when, especially when
we are all grown up.
Venus of Parrsboro. A living sculpture of alder wood and moss, commissioned by The Pond House Pottery Center, Nova Scotia.
“Her movements large and lush, flush with green, she bends and twists in roaring dance and silent prayer to sights unseen.”
To see and read more of Sarah Beth’s work, visit her website http://goncarova.com/
WHEN: Friday July 25, 2014 at 10AM
WHERE: Partridge Island with a Meet at 9:30am at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, NS. Please note that the location is subject to change depending on the condition of the forests following the damage caused by Arthur.
WHO: The walk will be led by Vic Orr.
COST: 10$ / person
Vic has a lifelong interest in the natural world and studied science and received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Toronto.Vic led nature interpretive tours for Haliburton Inn for ten years and has travelled to various world destinations to explore and photograph wildlife and their habitats. He is a past president of the Kawartha Field Naturalists, and served on the board of Ontario Nature for two years. He was the winner of the 2006 Environmental Hero of the Year Award for the City of Kawartha Lakes and the 2010 W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award from Ontario Nature.
Join him for a walk on the Partridge Island trail, a moderate effort but the first part of the trail is quite steep as we climb up the island.
Wear hiking footwear and bring water. If you like to walk with a stick, bring it.
The number of participants is limited so drop by Main & Station as soon as possible to reserve your spot or contact judith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-979-3978.
Note that it is about a 5km drive to Partridge Island from Main Street. Please consider carpooling. If you need a lift or can offer one, please let judith know when you register.
For further information about the walk, call Vic at 254-3880 or send him an e-mail at email@example.com
Coming to Main & Station in July 2013, graphite rubbings by Alexis Williams & a photography exhibit by Fiona Annis.
Opening: Wednesday July 10th, 5pm -8pm. Includes artist talks
Exhibition: July 10th – July 19th, 2013
Entrance (Drain Spotting)
Entrance is a series of graphite rubbings of conduit covers reorganized into geometric patterns. The project evolved from the juxtaposition of gravestone decorations and man hole covers to point out their similarities as markers between above and below and as thresholds between the known and the unknown. The work has been refined into reproductions of manhole, drain and conduit covers remixed into geometric patterns resembling monumental mandalas. The collection’s title refers to both a place of entry and the induction of a trance. The work is designed to simultaneously act as a doorway through which things are revealed to consciousness and as a dissociative that will calm the unconscious mind. While staying in Parrsboro Alexis will begin creating new rubbings of the manhole and drain covers of Nova Scotia.
Alexis Williams (A.K.A Ember Erebus) is a Canadian artist working mainly in video and print. She has a love for biology and frequently uses natural materials like butterfly wings, mushroom spores, cast-off snake skins and spider web Silk in her artwork. As an amateur mycologist, wild mushrooms often take center stage both as material and subject of her work. Foraging and collecting are fundamental practices that lead her deep into the Canadian wilderness in search for new ideas, shapes and colors. A common theme in her work is the comparison of sampling and remixing cultural material to the collection and representation of natural material. In both cases of appropriation, the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of pre-existing elements are used to compose a new work that comments on the original. Alexis is fascinated by the natural world and is devoted to sharing her discoveries and creations to inspire others to indulge in their own interests in nature.
During her stay in Parrsboro, Alexis will also be offering Mushroom Walks and participating in Main & Station’s market.