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Gaudreau, Diane

Gaudreau, Diane

Strength of Line
Profile by Jane Ledwell

There’s a real strength in line you don’t get with a lot of other arts,” says master woodworker Diane Gaudreau of her craft. Her strong and graceful design has led to pieces selected for the Cheoungju International Biennale in South Korea and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad—and for commissions such as the Northern Lights Award.

Diane says, “You embrace the grain,
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Stinson, Hank

Stinson, Hank

A Normal Life
Profile by Jane Ledwell

A small-town boy from a British Columbia pulp-and-paper town, Hank Stinson has been active as an actor and in the theatre since 1969. And yet, in an introspective conversation, he insists he has had “two careers.”

“From the time I graduated in 1969, to the late 1970s, I was pursuing a theatrical ‘career,’” Hank recalls. “I worked most theatres across the
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Large, Daphne

Large, Daphne

It Takes a Village
Profile by Jane Ledwell

The area once known as “Clifton Corner” once was a “bustling village” with a two-storey general store where you could buy everything from beans to furniture. The village continued to bustle as, years later, the original Presbyterian manse became a new general store run by Kitty Cotton, who was also postmistress. “The store was where people would gather on
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Doyle, Teresa

Doyle, Teresa

On the Road of Song
Profile by Jane Ledwell

In 1980, when an adventurous, just-out-of-school Teresa Doyle played the Winnipeg Folk Festival, less than a handful of folk musicians were touring out of the East Coast.

At the 2013 East Coast Music Awards in Halifax, the Island singing legend and 12 other of those pioneers received a 25th Anniversary Award. “It was a really nostalgic night,” she says,
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Morrow, Diane Hicks

Morrow, Diane Hicks

Act Naturally
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I believe anyone can write a poem,” says PEI’s new poet laureate, Dianne Hicks Morrow, emphatically. “I also believe a poem can be about anything… And that for me is the whole point.” She is getting over the initial shock of her appointment to the laureate’s role and is filled with enthusiastic hopes and plans for her three-year term promoting the literary
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Belsher, Gordon

Belsher, Gordon

Come Into My Parlour
Profile by Jane Ledwell

The carpet on the wall is a dead giveaway: I’m in a recording studio. True to its name, Gordon Belsher’s Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions studio is in a parlour room in beautiful, Guernsey Cove, PEI. Gordon first started recording there in 1991, beginning with his own group, Jar O’Comfort, which also included his wife Charlene. Since then, it would be
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Bellamy, Carol

Bellamy, Carol

Getting the Pointe
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Nothing is more exciting for a young ballet dancer than going up en pointe—finally dancing on the tips of the toes in elegance and grace. Nothing is more important to achieving this milestone than properly fitted pointe shoes. And no one on Prince Edward Island has fitted more young dancers with shoes than Carol Bellamy of Demi-Pointe dance shop.

“Your
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Arvidson, Ron

Arvidson, Ron

The Art of the Organic
Profile by Jane Ledwell

The first time Ron Arvidson saw a potter transforming an unformed lump of clay, the young art student knew it was a “magical” art he wanted to master. After creating pottery professionally more than 40 years, the soft-spoken potter makes modest claims for his magic. “I try to grow from one piece to another,” he says. “One [piece] has to be better than
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