It’s the changing of the guard for artists in NSCAD’s community studio residencies.
In New Glasgow, painters Jimy Sloan, Katy Hagan and Tyler Durbano have just wrapped their closing exhibition, which ran from Aug. 1- 8 in the studio space they’ve shared all year located behind the New Glasgow Library. Meanwhile, Mary (M.E.) Sparks from Kenora, Ont., Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. and Brianne Williams from Coldbrook, N.S. are making plans to move in come September.
“To me, the great opportunity of the community residency program is being presented with the time and space to continue the dedicated studio routine that we’ve become accustomed to at NSCAD,” said New Glasgow-bound Morgan Salter in a release. “I’m excited to interact with a community that’s new to me and am especially excited to experience and discuss art with children.”
NSCAD’s partnership with the Town of New Glasgow is now entering its fourth year.
“The community studio residency adds a special quality to our town and is important in developing the arts and the creative economy,” Geralyn MacDonald, New Glasgow’s Community Economic Development Director stated.
During the year-long residencies, the recently-graduated artists give talks, host exhibitions and offer art classes and workshops in their respective communities, as well as developing their own studio practices. Currently, there are discussions to add programs in other Nova Scotia towns, including HRM and Antigonish.
Meet the 2013-14 Artists in Residence
Mary (M.E.) Sparks – A visual artist from Kenora, Ont., Sparks graduated in May with her Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD University. Recent work uses methods of representation to shape abstract images. Her work is characterized by the use of all-over line, developed through repeated and layered mark making.
Morgan Salter – From Kingsburg, the Fine Arts major graduated from NSCAD in May. Recent work explores ideas of home and interior space, including a series of large-scale drawings imagining a bachelor apartment. She is now working on a series of drawings referencing imagery derived from patterned textiles.
Brianne Williams – A graduate with a major in fine arts and a minor in drawing from NSCAD University, Brianne Williams is a painter who draws her inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean. Originally from Coldbrook, and influenced by many summers spent on the Nova Scotia’s south shore, Brianne paints “to capture a moment in time that may provide one with inspiration and enchantment.” Her work includes imagery of coastal communities and the distorted reflections and colours cast by the houses and boats onto the water’s surface.