Artist in residence: Andrew Godsalve

Andrew Godsalve is an artist and wildlife technician based in Hinton, Alberta. Hinton is a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, along the Athabasca River. There Andrew was raised in a family studying wildlife biology. His mother Beth MacCallum runs Bighorn Wildlife Technologies, a small private consulting company that works primarily with the coal mining industry in the Hinton area. They do wildlife surveys on and around open-pit coal mines, making recommendations for how the industry can mitigate their impacts on the wildlife. As a Wildlife Technician, Andrew has learned to read the landscape as to observe the animals and how they inhabit it. This upbringing has had a profound effect on his artistic interests.

Andrew graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria where he developed a practice of photomontage based on geologic forms and processes. He then took his “geo-photomontage” practice to residencies in Banff, Iceland and the Bay of Fundy, developing projects specific to the particular geologic histories of these regions.

A recent graduate of the MFA program at NSCAD University, Andrew is pleased to be back in Nova Scotia for back-to-back residencies along the Bay of Fundy.

He has just completed his arts residency through the Joggins Fossil Institute’s ArtScape Artist-in-Residence program where he has been working on “Camera Sigillaria”, a project tracing the geo-histories of Cumberland County and now from 1-14 November he will continue the work in Parrsboro through the Main & Station Nonesuch residency program. During this time Andrew will also teach an Artistic Geo-photography Workshop, lead a Geo-montage Walking Tour, and have an exhibition of his photographs. See below for details.



The coffeeshop is closed and Main & Station’s secondhand bookshop is not keeping regular hours during the pandemic. To make an appointment to visit the bookshop or to inquire about our titles, email

We do still accept applications for art residencies but if you are coming from out of province there is currently a 2-week self-isolation requirement.


Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.  -Maya Angelou, poet (1928-2014)

Applications to the Nonesuch Residency program are accepted on a rolling basis and we offer self-directed residencies year round.

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The Nonesuch mission is to have fun and to encourage artistic activity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community involvement.

March 2020

Travel can be quite a stimulus to ideas and creativity. The residency program allows participants the opportunity to work creatively in one or more new environments. Support to the community is via arts programming, seminars, collaborations, small venue presentations, and partnerships.

Residency applications can be printed or downloaded here…MandS Residency Application 2020   There is a $25 + hst administrative fee to apply.

For more information about the residency program

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Rae Marie Taylor, Post-Residency Thoughts

It was a pleasure to have Rae Marie Taylor with us for a Nonesuch Residency during the month of September. Despite weather disruptions Rae gave two outdoor poetry readings and managed to accomplish much of what she hoped. Below is her brief summary of the residency and what she took from it…

First BEach BeginningIn spite of Hurricane Dorian and being evacuated for a week (from cliffside cabin to apartment in town), the time at Main & Station for the research for my long-term multi-disciplinary project “Steady Against the Absurd. Kinship at the Core” was wonderfully rich!

First Beach Reading. Kinship in a Broken WorldThe beaches of the Bay of Fundy offered themselves as perfect sites for two readings, the first on First Beach then on Partridge Island beach where the intention of us finding kinship with the earth and each other was nourished. Many Thanks to all who walked with me for the performance! And to Judith for the video!

Partridge Island AFTER reading

PHOTO: Allen Shepherd

Being evacuated gave unexpected extra time to the development of Parts 2 and 3 of the poetry scenario, through simply writing and two wonderful interviews with Parrsboro women whose work gives them insight into both violence, healing and kinship between men and women.

GD Partridge Island reading

PHOTO: Allen Shepherd

Warm thanks for their willingness to share their thoughts.


From its inception I have seen this scenario accompanied by an installation.

The Fundy Geological Museum, the Carboniferous cliffs near Parrsboro, as well as Joggins Cliffs and Judith and Harvey’s Black Rock beach were all perfect – at low tide of course!! – for my intended study of fossils and documenting them for material for an installation in process that will create a timeless “place” for the poetry scenario’s performance in exhibit settings. On horseback with Bill Gilbert or on foot, the upending of the earth, fossilized raindrops and ripples, cyanobacteria fossils (the first bacteria on the earth), and a dragonfly fossil are all powerfully inspiring material!

Seaweed Splash Writing and Research materials

Another research focus was gathering natural materials which have now found there way to my studio in Montreal: dulse, tidal grasses, wild paper, kelp, and lichen and bark from Shoreline Spruce broken by the hurricane.

Thomas Cove_Although not initially a focus for the project, the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy never escape notice! Meeting with Sandra Currie at FORCE, (a center for harnessing tidal energies for clean energy), was wonderfully valuable for deepening my grasp of our planet’s rotations, and our possibilities.

All this of course with peace, lots of thinking, fun in and out of the studio, and daily amazement, alone or with the welcoming people at Main & Station and in Parrsboro.

Pietà (asemblé)


Then there was, the incredible density of stars at night.. dew in the sun, the daily presence of heron, eagles and raven…more than a little bit of wild that strengthened my rapport with a Canadian land.  And finally, all’s well that ends well, the satisfaction that my Raku sculpture “Pietà, ” has found a permanent outdoor home with Main & Station.