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article imageArt and history come together for unique show Special

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 11, 2011 in Entertainment
Truro - Art, dancing, music and history were part of a celebration held in a small Nova Scotia town on a recent cold February night. The Planters 250 Society formed to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of these settlers in parts of Nova Scotia.
Eighty-two pieces of art including paintings, wood carvings, bronze sculptures, and hand-dyed patterned silk were part of the Truro Art Society’s Planters 250 show in Truro – which officially opened on February 10.
The Planters were English speaking settlers from Ireland and the New England states who settled in parts of Nova Scotia in 1760 and1761, and many descendants of those people live in the area today.
The Planters 250 Society formed to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of these settlers, and members of the organization (Elinor Maher, Linda and Murray Giddens, Bonnie Waddell, Dale Ells and Francis Nickerson) showed up in period costume for the art show’s opening. Nickerson had previously been the Truro town crier.
Planters 250 members in period costume.
Planters 250 members in period costume.
Two girls from the Colchester Highland Dance Association took part in the event, performing a couple of dances, and a guitarist provided background music for much of the evening.
Highland dancers
Highland dancers
Amy Branden
Amy Branden
Several paintings were done especially for the show. One of these was Our Historic Beginning, an acrylic by Andrew Meredith.
“I put several things into one large painting,” he said. “I have a church and someone plowing with a horse. I put in ships because they were a big part of the area’s history. I have fish along the bottom. They’re symbolic and have been important throughout Nova Scotia’s history.”
Artist Andrew Meredith talks to Bonnie Waddell  who attended the art show in period costume  about h...
Artist Andrew Meredith talks to Bonnie Waddell, who attended the art show in period costume, about his painting.
A blue flax flower is located in the centre of his painting, representing the importance of the flax crop to the planters.
Some of the other works created specifically for the show depict people doing things such as working in the fields and doing household tasks. Some of the Planters 250 members, in costume, were also the subjects of paintings.
Truro Art Society co-president Janice Guinan said that people sometimes ask why they should buy original art when there are mass-produced items available at a lower cost.
“When you purchase original art you are purchasing something that will be meaningful for generations,” she said. “It has heart and soul.”
Artist Janice Guinan and the subject of her painting  Linda Giddens.
Artist Janice Guinan and the subject of her painting, Linda Giddens.
The exhibit is at the McCarthy Hall Gallery, on the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, and runs until March 31.
A visitor to the show admires the hand-dyed patterned silk.
A visitor to the show admires the hand-dyed patterned silk.
A relaxed group take time to chat after looking over the art work.
A relaxed group take time to chat after looking over the art work.
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