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article imageThis is Me: A celebration through visual arts Special

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By Lynn Curwin     May 7, 2011 in Arts
Twenty-seven Nova Scotia artists shared works expressing something about who they are when the "This is Me" art show opened.
The Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) show, which is hosted by the Truro Art Society, is being held at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
"This show includes artists from around a 200 kilometre area," said Janice Guinan, the area representative for Vans and co-president of the Truro Art Society.
"Part of the reason we called the show This is Me is because we wanted it to be something to reflect who the artists are as individuals."
Clowning, a piece created by Taylor Redmond, was made of wood with extra items attached.
"It is a fish with legs," the artist explained. "It was one of a series of fish created for Species Extinct. It was done over a four month period. I painted it yellow and then left it for a while. I would add to it as things came to me."
Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann and NSCC Truro Principal Kevin Quinlan all expressed their appreciation of the art work and the fact that the show was being held in the community.
Clowning  by Taylor Redmond
Clowning, by Taylor Redmond
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Feeding humpbacks  by Jennifer Marlow.
Feeding humpbacks, by Jennifer Marlow.
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Thoreau Box  by Jennifer Marlow
Thoreau Box, by Jennifer Marlow
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Humpbacks make an ideal subject for Jennifer Marlow, who is attracted by the way she can link the tactile with the aesthetic through carving. One of the pieces she included in the show was Feeding Humpbacks, which was created from wood, cotton and copper. Her Thoreau Box is created from wood, metal and glass.
The Spotted Dog  and Sleepy Cats Counting Sheep  by Niki Hoyle
The Spotted Dog, and Sleepy Cats Counting Sheep, by Niki Hoyle
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Nike Hoyle paints pictures which are filled with fun and colour. The Spotted Dog and Sleepy Cats Counting Sheep are oil paintings done by the self-taught artist.
Hart s Heart  and My Ocean Hart  by Darlene Watters.
Hart's Heart, and My Ocean Hart, by Darlene Watters.
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Darlene Watters is inspired by nature, wildlife and horses. She works in several different mediums. Hart's Heart is done in coloured pencils and My Ocean Hart is a watercolour.
Manitoba Memories  by Kathryn Belzer
Manitoba Memories, by Kathryn Belzer
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Kathryn Belzer is a fibre artist, dollmaker and theatre arts practitioner. This piece included in the This is Me show is created from a Polaroid film box, paper and shells.
His Eye is on the Sparrow  by Janice Guinan
His Eye is on the Sparrow, by Janice Guinan
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Janice Guinan tries to create heirloom pieces for clients, which will be treasured for generations. His Eye is on the Sparrow is painted with acrylics.
Equine Profugus  by Cristina Sidhu  and At the Watters Edge  by Darlene Watters.
Equine Profugus, by Cristina Sidhu, and At the Watters Edge, by Darlene Watters.
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A visitor admires a couple of pieces during the This is Me opening- Equine Profugus, an encaustic work by Cristina Sidhu, and At the Watters Edge, created by Darlene Watters using airbrushing and pencil.
Paintings by Krista Wells
Paintings by Krista Wells
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There is often a canine theme to Krista Wells' work, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewellery, hand-made books and mosaics. She is currently working on an illustrated journal from a dog's point of view.
Three very different pieces at the show: The Shepherd  an acrylic by Janice Guinan; Morning Light on...
Three very different pieces at the show: The Shepherd, an acrylic by Janice Guinan; Morning Light on Cobequid Bay, an acrylic by Judy Arsenault, and Anonymous work with stone and roots, by stone mason and sculptor Heather Lawson
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Live musical entertainment was provided by Melanie Grant and  Sandra Thompson.
Live musical entertainment was provided by Melanie Grant and Sandra Thompson.
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Diva  an acrylic by Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking.
Diva, an acrylic by Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking.
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Visitors admire the art works at This is Me. The nearest piece is a watercolour-pencil-acrylic-ink-f...
Visitors admire the art works at This is Me. The nearest piece is a watercolour-pencil-acrylic-ink-felt work by Marie Murakami.
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