From an early age I was encouraged to make use of what was on hand, especially when it came to problem solving and creating. This has subconsciously directed much of my artistic practice. Over the years donations of supplies or tools have led to a developed and prolonged interest in photography, printmaking, fibre art and, for my latest chapter, painting. I’ve preferred to have a patchwork career as my interests are varied. I have a strong desire for solitude while I create, but I also crave the connections made while being thoroughly engaged with a community. This desire has driven a great deal of my professional and artistic goals.

Currently I divide my creative time between planning cultural events for Avon River Heritage & Avon River Arts, freelance design work, and my own artistic practice, which until recently was primarily devoted to felting and textile art. An injury from repetitive motion has forced me to pivot, expressing myself mostly these days through painting and rudimental drawings. For over a decade my muse has remained constant, no matter the medium it’s the majestic Avon River and her connection to the Bay of Fundy via the Minas Passage that has my heart…

All are invited to join us Friday June 23rd between 6 and 8 PM for the opening reception of ‘Capricious Beauty’, recent works by Tacha Reed, now on display at The Bread Gallery in Brooklyn, Hants County.

In this collection are recent felted portraits of the local flora and fauna of the Wisqoq Woods, located in the heart of the Avon Peninsula and home to many endangered species, including the Albino Ram’s Head Lady’s Slipper.

Also on display are some of Tacha’s recent paintings for the children’s books, ‘B And Boy’, written by Chad Norman, and ‘Song of the Frost Fish, something she’s been working on over the last two years and will soon be collaborating with singer/songwriter Linda McLean to turn into a performance.

‘Song of the Frost Fish’ aims to educate our local community and beyond, and especially youth, to help them understand what is under the surface of the water of the Avon River, and the historic and ecological significance of this spawning area for all sizes of creatures, and that this breeding ground is a part of the web of the planet. 

Currently in the Avon region there has been much discussion regarding the twinning of Highway 101 along the Windsor Causeway and how to resolve some of the environmental issues that were created by the initial construction 55 years ago and most recently with the flooding of the former lake, aborting a newly forming ecosystem. 

The lack of proper fish passage over the last 5 decades has greatly restricted migration for spawning endangered wild Inner Bay of Fundy Salmon, has lead to a massive build-up of silt throughout the Avon River, extending as far as Hantsport, and has exacerbated erosion along the shoreline of the Avon and the other rivers that feed into it, like the St. Croix and Kennetcook.

Once completed ‘Song of the Frost Fish’ will be a multidisciplinary experience that combines visuals, storytelling and music to connect audiences to the adventuring foxes and deepen community awareness of our effect on the lands and waters that we share with all the elements. By following the story of the two young foxes on a journey to discover the source of a curious sound in the distance, by seeing the world through their eyes, and by hearing the sounds and singing the songs that rise from the soul of the land, children and their guardians will learn that we are all together and equally dependent on this beautiful region we share.