Roundup: Artist creates 100 paintings in 100 days, judges appointed to provincial court, COVID still spreading worldwide

Sharon Cranston and her 100 paintings that she completed in 100 days. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Abuzz about bees — Nova Scotia has seen an explosion of interest in beekeeping and mead

Sharon Fox Cranston has completed an artistic marathon, creating 100 landscape paintings in 100 days and recently revealing the results in an exhibition at her Lunenburg gallery.

She explains that the challenge wasn’t as daunting as it sounds, with some of the works only taking 30 or 40 minutes.

“(The ideas) just sort of fell out,” she says. “They were there in my head, I guess … They almost painted themselves. Artists sometimes say that it feels like someone’s taking the wheel and they are just going with it. I had times like that.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Judges named to provincial court
Attorney General Brad Johns has named three new judges to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court: Kelly Serbu of Halifax, Nicole Ann Rovers of Antigonish, and Bradley Gordon Sarson of Bedford.

“Nova Scotians are fortunate to have these accomplished professionals joining the provincial court,” Johns says in a press release. “They are experienced and respected lawyers and active members of their communities. They have all demonstrated professional integrity, good character, and outstanding contributions to the practise of law.”

The Reporter has more.

Tim Purdy. Photo: Steve Smith

Abuzz about bees
It’s hard to see just what the link is, but since the pandemic began, there’s been an explosion of interest in beekeeping in the province.

“We’re definitely seeing way more hobbyists,” says Tim Purdy, owner of Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies in Fall River. “Beekeeping as a hobby is tremendously fun. I love it. They can keep you mesmerized a long time.”

When he took it up 17 years ago, there were 215 registered beekeepers in the province. Now there are 900.

Janet Whitman has more for East Coast Living.

Concurrently, Nova Scotia is also seeing an explosion of interest in one of the bees’ tastiest products: mead — an ancient fermented beverage made from honey.

“When people started watching shows like Game of Thronesmead became more known to the general public,” says Nathaniel Jarvis, who along with his brother Jack, opened Ursan Meadery in New Ross five years ago. “Since then, in Nova Scotia anyway, we’ve had several other meaderies open locally, which has been great.” 

See Lori McKay’s recent story for Unravel Halifax.

COVID update
Premier Tim Houston’s government continues withholding daily data, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of COVID-19’s spread in the province, but World Health Organization officials caution it’s still rampant, tallying 210,122 new cases globally in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have has killed 6,307,021 people, including 41,348 in Canada and 421 Nova Scotians

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