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Art Of Disability Festival A Feast For The Eyes

Wednesday 22 August 2018


From Canadian newspaper the Halifax Citizen:


Carrie Ernst (left) and Connie Publicover
Carrie Ernst (left), executive director of Independent
Living Nova Scotia (ILNS), and artist Connie Publicover,
who was showcasing her water drop photographs at
the Art of Disability Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12.
(Photo: Emma Taylor)

Art of Disability Festival a feast for the eyes

By Emma Taylor
August 20, 2018
© 2018 Halifax Citizen

Independent Living Nova Scotia (ILNS) held its seventh annual Art of Disability Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12, showcasing artists living with disabilities.

ILNS is a non-profit organization that provides services and information for persons with disabilities through sector-based training for individuals, self-managed care programs and participation in research and pilot projects that enhance the lives of people living with disabilities and increase their accessibility and inclusion in the community, said Carrie Ernst, executive director of ILNS.

“Our consumers are all directly linked to different types of service and there is a membership of just over 300 clients and families,” she said.

This year’s art festival took place in The Westin Nova Scotian Commonwealth Ballroom. On hand were 33 artists displaying their creative talents through photography, paintings, jewelry, carvings, knitting and crocheting, pet treats, chocolate, music and dance. There was a little bit of everything, said Sara Graham, festival co-ordinator.

“There is a large niche we found in the community, which was accessibility and art, which really were not going hand in hand together, so the festival was born out of that with the goal of bringing art and accessibility together. It really has made a place that accommodates every kind of artist and all of their needs,” she said.


Artist Connie Publicover, who’s from Quoddy, is a water drop photographer whose work has been recognized internationally. The method involves working with refractions and images photographed through water drops.

Publicover, who has undergone brain aneurysm surgery and been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and severe multiple chemical sensitivities, said she turned to photography when she was very ill and found herself a shut-in.


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