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Brushing Up with Melanie Morrissey

Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are celebrating the second annual Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) – the only event of its kind in Canada. The festivities highlight the wonderful fresh food, artisan products and local crafts available at more than 40 markets province-wide. Rustik Magazine has teamed up with Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia to profile some of the vendors and producers that make up Nova Scotia’s vibrant markets.

melanie-morrisseyMelanie Morrissey
Folktree Art
Millbrook, Nova Scotia
Facebook: Folktree Art by Melanie Morrissey

1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
Selling my art at the Truro Farmers’ Market has been a wonderful opportunity to meet other artisans and to contribute in a meaningful way to my community. To me, the farmer’s market is a place that encompasses everything that is important to our community. It offers a chance for neighbours to meet, socialize and discover local food, and for artisans to offer their goods at a fair price to consumers.

2) What products do you sell and why?
I sell my original acrylic paintings under my business name FolkTree Art by Melanie Morrissey.

3) What three ingredients would you take to a desert island?
I would need to take a lifetime supply of acrylics and a few brushes, and my very eclectic music collection.

melanie-morrissey24) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just 
starting out?
I started painting to relieve stress. I am a junior high math teacher, and a mother of 5-year-old twins and a 9-year-old. When I began painting at night I felt like my life was more balanced. For anyone just starting out, I would say create what you love and the rest will follow.

5) Does your product have a special personal meaning to you?
My art is very whimsical and I draw much of my inspiration from my love of gardening and my kids. In the future I would like to experiment with oils and to incorporate some of my Acadian heritage into my work.

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