The NSCAD-New Glasgow Community Studio residency opening exhibit and reception was held Thursday with works by this year’s artists in residence Mary (M.E.) Sparks, Morgan Salter and Brianne Williams on display.
Stephanie Mason, coordinator for community service learning and outreach initiatives for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design was on hand for the exhibit.
“One of the things we value most in the program is the partnerships we get to develop with the town,” she said. “We’re entering the fourth year in New Glasgow and the support from the town representatives, the community, passsers by, visitors, has been extraordinary. It’s really great for them to have that exposure.”
She said it really is a reciprocal relationship between the artists and the town.
“The community has a chance to see what new and emerging artists are doing. For the artists part they get a chance to get their work out in ways that maybe aren’t as traditional in terms of circulation and visibility,” she said. “It’s a point of connection with benefits for everyone really.”
Sparks is from Kenora, Ont. and has spent the last year working on large scale abstract work which she had on display Thursday. She hopes to have more time to pursue that style during her time in New Glasgow.
“In hopes of going into grad school for fine arts this is a really great,” she said. “This provides experience of working full time in a studio and it provides a place to build a really developed portfolio for grad school.”
Morgan Salter, from Rosebay here in Nova Scotia said she is also looking forward to her time here. Having a dedicated art practice right out of college is something that many students don’t have. Her art form of choice is large scale black and white drawings.
“For me it’s a bit more immediate than painting,” she said. “You see something right away. It’s a quick way of working, which I like as well. It feels natural to me.”
Williams was unable to attend the opening, but her paintings were also on display at the opening.