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Tacha Reed captures captivating Hants County portraits with wool

Artist Tacha Reed next to her latest project, Stewards, fibre portraits of Hants County artists and activists at the Avon River Heritage Society Museum During the 21st annual Great Little Art Show, which wrapped up on May 26.
Artist Tacha Reed next to her latest project, Stewards, fibre portraits of Hants County artists and activists at the Avon River Heritage Society Museum During the 21st annual Great Little Art Show, which wrapped up on May 26. - Colin Chisholm

Full season ahead at Avon River Heritage Society Museum in Newport Landing

NEWPORT LANDING, N.S. —

NEWPORT LANDING, N.S. – Tacha Reed, manager of the museum and artist just wrapped up showcasing her latest series called Stewards, during the 21st Annual Great Little Art Show on May 26, said she wanted to showcase the people who make the region so vibrant.

But the season of events is just getting started at the little museum and gallery along the Avon River.

“It started after I decided to attempt a self-portrait, every few years I feel the need to do that and that’s something I haven’t done in fibre except for a childhood version of myself,” Reed said. “Then I started thinking of my other friends out there in the community who are doing really amazing things for the Bay of Fundy and the environment.”

“I just wanted to attempt their portraits as well,” she said.

The other portraits in her series include Darren Porter, Terra Spencer, Jesse Griffith, and Stacie Carroll.

Reed said the subjects have been thrilled to see their personalities captured in the wool.

She’s also begun work on a fibre representation of the Avon River with historical aerial photography and maps.

“Now that I’ve done these portraits, I’ve actually had a few requests,” she said with a laugh. “It’s one thing to do something on your own, but with commissions, you have to live up to certain expectations.”

Upcoming events

There’s no shortage of events to check out at the Avon River Heritage Society Museum in Newport Landing this summer.

In June, the art gallery space switches over to the art society gallery for the summer season.

The Full Circle Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary from June 21 – 23.

Artisans in Action will also be taking place the first Sunday of every month, featuring artists working with leather, glass, wood and more.

Wharf Day is slated for June 27 from 12 noon until evening.

The Honey Harvest Festival is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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