Artist Lucie Chan will speak at the Merritt Gibson Memorial Library about her art projects on Tuesday, October 10 at 2-4pm. Really thought-provoking paintings! Lucie is currently the visiting artist at Ross Creek Arts Centre. Born in Guyana and educated in Canada, Vancouver now provides the backdrop for Chan’s delicate and evocative drawing-based art practice. She holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has participated in several group exhibitions, in Canada but mainly in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. She is an associate professor at Emily Carr Art Institute in BC.
Michael Williams, chef of Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning, Nova Scotia, was recently recognised for his achievements at the annual ApEx Event held at the Halifax Casino, March 27, 2017. He received the prestigious Chef of the Year – Independent Food Service Award for the Atlantic Provinces.
ApEx is known as “Canada’s Premier Foodservice and Hospitality Event.” It brings together a very wide range of representatives from the food and beverage industry, from chefs and line cooks to caterers and restaurant owners and operators. The giant exhibition takes time to also acknowledge the accomplishments of notable people in the industry, like Williams.
Williams is an accomplished young chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at NSCC. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he’s honed his professional skills in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, and Halifax, and has been calling Nova Scotia his permanent home for years. Now he’s the chef of Nova Scotia’s first entirely gluten-free dining establishment, Crystany’s Brasserie, which he operates with his partner, Brittany Maxner. His skills at preparing magnificent gluten-free dishes has gained a lot of admiration and appreciation by gluten-intolerant and regular patrons alike.
In response to his receipt of the coveted award, Williams remarked “I’m super happy to be given such a high honour, but that doesn’t mean I’m done; it just means I’ve got to strive to be even better.”
The Farmhouse Inn B&B was the focus of this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Canning Village as many vendors, artists, musicians, and the town crier to the event s festivities. Rod and Lynn Eisener, owners of the Farmhouse Inn, pulled out all the stops in this year’s celebration to feed and entertain throngs of visitors who enjoyed the fun, music, and many delicious treats on a gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon.
Canning’s Recreation Department staff were on hand to animate games and activities for the kids, and do some fantastic, creative face-painting for the littler ones. It was a fabulous three-hour event, complete with a score of delightful door-prizes offered by the many generous businesses in the Village and nearby communities.
Many thanks to the Eiseners and all the amazing, energetic co-organisers of this event who make Canning such a vibrant, wonderful, and fun place to live and visit!