Award-nominated authors to read in Liverpool

The annual reading to celebrate the best in Atlantic Canadian fiction, with the authors in the running for the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Fiction Award reading from their nominated novels in Liverpool.

Named for the late famed author Thomas Head Raddall, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award honors the best works of Atlantic fiction. The $25,000 prize – one of the most generous awards for literature in Canada – is intended to provide the winner the "gift of time and peace of mind" so essential to the creation of new work.

Since first awarded in 1991, some of the most distinguished fiction writers of our region have won the award, including David Adams Richards, Bernice Morgan, Alistair MacLeod, Carol Bruneau, and Donna Morrissey.

This year, there are three Newfoundland writers shortlisted for the award. They are: Sharon Bala for The Boat People , Lisa Moore for Something for Everyone, and Elisabeth de Mariaffi for Hysteria. Sharon Bala and Lisa Moore will read in person and Elisabeth de Mariaffi via video link.

The winner will be announced at the Atlantic Book Award Gala on June 6 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

This evening of readings takes place May 30 at 7 p.m. at Lane's Privateer Inn, 27 Bristol Avenue, Liverpool.

St. Mark's Place Summer Series opens

The Lunenburg-based band Malarky will kick-off the 2019 St. Mark's Place Summer Series with a concert June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Middle LaHave. The group, specializing in mellow jazz, will take to the performance stage at the beautifully restored Middle LaHave church to play the music of artists such as Fats Weller, Jerome Kern and Cherles Trenet. They'll also be playing original tunes.

Malarky features Barb Morris on vocals; Graham Duncan, acoustic bass; Paul Marshall, guitar; Janice Rogers, keyboard and vocals and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Hermiston on trumpet, clarinet, ukulele, keyboard, guitar and vocals.

A reception will follow the concert. Tickets available at the door, St. Mark's Place, 5142 Highway 332, Middle LaHave.

Two Musique Royale concerts

Cecilia's Retreat Concert

Join pianist Julien LeBlanc as he presents a program of storytelling centered around the timeless Commedia dell'Arte characters and guided by composers including Robert Schumann, Amy Beach, Hector Villa-Lobos, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The concert takes place June 1 at 11 a.m. at Cecilia's Retreat, Mahone Bay. Tickets are $35. Admission by reservation please email barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

Cookie Concert

For Musique Royale's last Cookie Concert before its summer break, pianist Julien LeBlanc performs Arabesques and Pantomimes. This includes Children's Corner by Debussy, which tells a musical tale of a young child with an insatiable imagination who longs to play piano.

Afterwards, coquettish pantomimes tell stories involving the timeless Commedia dell'Arte characters including Pierrot, Harlequin, Columbine and Pulcinella by a collection of composers, interpreted by LeBlanc on piano.

The show is scheduled for June 1 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church Tickets are $5 at the door (four years and under free).

New Lunenburg gallery opens

Lincoln Street in Lunenburg is being dubbed gallery row and with good reason. There are at least 12 galleries on that street and another dozen or more in town. One of the newest is a The Swan on Lincoln Collective.

Opened last year by internationally recognized figurative artist, Kate Church and her colleagues, master ceramist Bradley Wiseman and watercolourist Gale Armstrong, the gallery has grown to include four other creative artists. Symbolic figurative artist, Siovhon Morgan; abstract painter and print maker, Merrill Heubach; social sculptor and sculptor, Miro Davis; and contemporary Canadian artist Krystle Retieffe.

The Swan Collective will open June 8th in preparation for Lunenburg's fifth annual Be a Tourist in Your Town event celebrating the town's 266th birthday.

The Swan will show new work every three weeks and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is a friendly open space with pottery, sculptured figures, paintings, jewelry, original and limited edition prints and cards. It houses an eclectic mix of both contemporary and traditional styles and techniques.

Making Waves show in Bridgewater

Making Waves is the latest exhibit at the DesBrisay Museum in Bridgewater. Bridgewater artist Jill Cooper showcases over a dozen works of art depicting various images of waves.

The exhibition also includes a number of Fierce Females. This series is ongoing and Cooper has selected 11 for this exhibition, including artists, an author, an architect, and an astronaut, to name a few. Making Waves is on display until June 15, during museum open public hours, Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

Smaller Things exhibit

Artist Timothy McGuire is exhibiting small works in oil at the King Street Beer Company, at 63 King Street in Bridgewater. The Lunenburg artist's show feature mainly landscapes from the South Shore with a few selected pieces from Italy and New England. The show runs through May and June.

A Show of Strength exhibit

A show of strength might conjure up visions of weightlifters, but three artists intend to show the energy and force of their creative talents in their exhibition A Show of Strength at the Lunenburg Art Gallery, 194B Lincoln Street, Lunenburg, May 29-June 23.

Artist Robert Crosby is a native of Cape Breton now living in Ontario; Merillee Sett grew up in B.C. and now lives in New York; and Barbara Schmeisser, is a Nova Scotian living in Dartmouth.

From the soft, but powerful watercolours of Sett, to Crosby's strong realistic coastal images, and sculptor Schmeisser's delicate flowers forged in steel, this show invites visitors to consider the contrasts between materials used and subject matter portrayed.

Simultaneously, over 50 members of the Lunenburg Art Gallery will exhibit their art in the LAS Members Gallery. Both shows may be seen Wednesdays to Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Further info at www.lunenburgartgallery.com.

All are invited to the opening reception Friday, May 31 5-7 p.m.

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