‘It is a great com­pli­ment’

Hou­dinidesign AR­CHI­TECTS wins in­dus­try award for Kentville Li­brary

Annapolis Valley Register - - COMMUNITY -

The new li­brary is town is turn­ing some heads.

hou­dinidesign AR­CHI­TECTS was re­cently named the win­ner of a 2018 Mar­itime Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign Ex­cel­lence Award in recog­ni­tion of the cre­ative vi­sion at the heart of the trans­for­ma­tion of the de­com­mis­sioned United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen, now a go-to com­mu­nity hub as the new home of the Kentville Li­brary.

Ar­chi­tects as­so­ci­a­tions from Nova Sco­tia, Prince Ed­ward Island and New Brunswick ral­lied to­gether to present the awards jointly, re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sions from across the re­gion. In­ter­na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized in­dus­try ex­perts re­viewed the en­tries.

“It is a great com­pli­ment,” says ar­chi­tect Lisa Tondino, owner of hou­dinidesign AR­CHI­TECTS, in a re­cent press re­lease.

“Be­ing hon­oured by our peers is as won­der­ful as be­ing se­lected by the users of the li­brary as the Val­ley’s 2018 Best Pub­lic Space in The Grapevine.”

Team mem­ber Jor­dan Spi­dle ac­cepted the Award of Merit on be­half of hou­dinidesign AR­CHI­TECTS dur­ing a gala in Saint John, N.B. June 1. Jor­dan Spi­dle of hou­dinidesign ac­cept­ing the 2018 Mar­itime Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign Ex­cel­lence Award from Ar­chi­tects’ As­so­ci­a­tion of New Brunswick pres­i­dent Don­ald C. Ster­ritt.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work that hou­dinidesign put into this project,” stated Rachel Bed­ing­field, di­rec­tor of Parks and Re­cre­ation with the Town of Kentville, in a pre­pared state­ment.

“This project took a lot of time and en­ergy and they con­sis­tently steered us to­ward a space that was in­no­va­tive and pro­gres­sive

for the site. Lisa and her team are well-de­serv­ing of ac­co­lades, and we get to ap­pre­ci­ate the fruit of their labour for many years to come.”

The li­brary is housed in a stone and tim­ber-framed build­ing con­structed in 1914. The An­napo­lis Val­ley Re­gional Li­brary sys­tem started op­er­at­ing a branch out of the ren­o­vated site in late 2017.

“This beau­ti­ful, his­tor­i­cal build­ing could have sat un­der­uti­lized but now it is a vi­tal part of the com­mu­nity that is used ev­ery day,” said Kentville Mayor San­dra Snow in a media re­lease.

“Li­braries are the foun­da­tion of a healthy com­mu­nity for so many rea­sons, and this build­ing shows that we care about our past as well as our fu­ture.”

Hard­ware Gallery’s third ex­hibit this sea­son, en­ti­tled Shift Fo­cus, fea­tur­ing the work of Meghan Bray and Justine Mac­don­ald, runs un­til June 27.

This month’s ex­hibit fea­tures two artists and two medi­ums.

Justine Mac­don­ald is a travel pho­tog­ra­pher and blog­ger based in Kentville. She en­joys shar­ing her knowl­edge and love of pho­tog­ra­phy with oth­ers to in­spire them to see the world in a new light. An award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, Mac­don­ald has par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral group and solo ex­hi­bi­tions. She has had a life­long in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy, how­ever, “it wasn’t un­til mov­ing here to the An­napo­lis Val­ley that my love of pho­tog­ra­phy started to grow into what it is to­day. What is so in­spir­ing about this place? Is it the beau­ti­ful scenery that al­most begs to be pho­tographed through all its colour­ful sea­sons? Is it the slow, re­laxed pace and friendly peo­ple? I’m not sure, but I’m happy for it.”

Meghan Bray is a na­tive of Saskatchewan, liv­ing in Hal­i­fax. She has an BFA from NSCAD. Bray’s work has been shaped by a mix­ture of in­flu­ences from across Canada. She works in var­i­ous media, fo­cus­ing on ex­pres­sion­ism rather than ma­te­rial. Meghan uses line and colour as a guide in her work. Stem­ming from ab­stract im­pres­sion­ism, her work of­ten al­lows the line to find the struc­ture of sub­ject in her draw­ings, and us­ing colour as hints to ease the viewer’s eye. For her cur­rent show Bray says, “I have al­ways looked for the hid­den crea­tures in ev­ery­day life. Th­ese crea­tures can be found in many places - the clouds, the stucco on the ceil­ing, and the pat­terns in the tile. I wanted to du­pli­cate that hid­den magic with this se­ries of work; the sim­ple line and colour cre­ates dis­jointed an­i­mals, hav­ing the viewer seek them, and looking for th­ese crea­tures in their ev­ery­day.”

“We are very pleased to wel­come Justine and Meghan to our gallery this month. Fea­tur­ing two dis­tinct medi­ums their work com­ple­ments and chal­lenges the other creating a stim­u­lat­ing dy­namic for the ex­hibit. This is some­thing we at Hard­ware like to achieve,” said gallery di­rec­tor Sasha Nel­son.

An open­ing event for the ex­hibit will be held June 22 at the gallery.

Hard­ware Gallery is the brain­child of Nel­son, who holds a mas­ters de­gree in fine arts from the Uni­ver­sity of Water­loo, a de­gree in paint­ing from NSCAD, and is a Red Seal car­pen­ter. Nel­son saw a need in Kentville to of­fer a pub­lic cre­ative space. In ad­di­tion to monthly ro­tat­ing ex­hibits, the gallery will host work­shops and talks, as well as of­fer an art rental pro­gram.

“We’re hop­ing that we can cre­ate a space and a gen­eral at­mos­phere that will in­spire peo­ple to en­gage more in the arts. The gallery is open to all media, tra­di­tional or oth­er­wise. There will al­ways be a space for what comes out as peo­ple be­come more en­gaged.”

Hard­ware Gallery will cel­e­brate its grand open­ing June 22 with a va­ri­ety of arts and cul­ture re­lated com­mu­nity events. For more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates go to www.hard­ware­gallery.ca

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