In Residence : Joel Jansa & Tati Gaia

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.

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Rain, Rain, Rain, Gifts, Globes & Venus

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.

What Gifts the Rain May Bring from Sarah Beth Goncarova on Vimeo.

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

seeking shelter

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.

     -Esbie Goncarova


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


  • 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.

Vic likes nothing better than to share his passion for flowers, and especially for ferns.

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 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