An exhibition celebrating the works of Maud Lewis and six other contemporary female Nova Scotian artists are once again part of the Nova Scotia cultural trade mission to China this spring. Earlier this month, the province was told by the Guangdong Museum of Art in China that the exhibition would be postponed. Premier McNeil met with China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye on March 19 to discuss the opportunity to reschedule the exhibit. The Maud Lewis/Terroir Exhibition will be hosted at the Guangdong Museum of Art this April and will move to the Coast Art Museum in the city of Zhuhai in June. The exhibition will then be shown at the Hexiangning Art Museum in the city of Shenzhen before returning home to Nova Scotia. “We are pleased with this news and proud to bring the works of Maud Lewis and our Nova Scotia artists to China after all,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “We are delighted to be able to share this collection and we believe there is tremendous potential to be explored for our creative sector in China. “Chinese Embassy officials, including Mr. Lu, were essential in helping the culture mission proceed as originally planned.” The mission, which will be led by Mr. Glavine, will explore cultural economic opportunities in China, Japan and the United Kingdom. Further details around the mission will be released at a later date. Nova Scotia maintains a significant partnership with China. In 2018, exports reached a new high at $794 million. Culture exchange represents a new area of engagement and provides additional trade and business opportunities for Nova Scotia.
WASHINGTON — Factory activity in the U.S. shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index slid to 49.1 last month, from 51.2 in July. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction.A global softening in demand, worsened by an increasingly high-risk war between the U.S. and China, appears to be hurting American manufacturers. More than half of the public comments from companies surveyed by ISM pointed to economic uncertainty as a drag on their businesses.Production declined by 1.3 percentage points, while employment fell by 4.3 points. New orders fell by 3.6 points.Bani Sapra, The Associated Press