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Random Acts of Art with Jan Stride

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.

randomactsofart3Jan Stride
Random Act of Art
Greenwood, Nova Scotia
www.RandomActofArt.org
Facebook: Random Act of Art

1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
I am a regular vendor at the Kentville Farmerʼs Market every Wednesday with my business, Random Act of Art (I draw draws portraits of people, animals, places and events from photos). The market is very lively, with a good mix of vendors, great people and live music. I love photographing and then drawing the goings-on to sell as prints. I take pictures of the musicians and crowd every week – and it’s different every week! I also try to photograph different vendorsʼ tents each week.

2) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
I started working in portraits mainly as a hobby. It wasn’t until the opportunity came up for funding that I looked at art as a sustainable business. I am still a newcomer in the field, but working full-time on my art has started me growing in unexpected directions. My advice to anyone starting out? Set aside more money than you think you need to keep you going until you turn a profit.

3) If you could be compensated for your work with something other than money, what would it be?
I would probably choose art materials. I go through paper and ink very quickly, so they are one of the biggest expenses.

4) What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
I have the same thing for breakfast every day: a glass of pure orange juice and a bowl of shredded wheat.

5) What one ingredient/food would you eat for breakfast, lunch and supper?
The one food I can eat at any meal is bread, particularly buns if they are very fresh.

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