Summer campers in the spotlight
August 12, 2011

 August 12, 2011

Jaime Quigley loves colour. That’s evident from her baby-blue hoodie and her pretty pink Reeboks. So, thinking in black and white is a whole new experience.

The Dartmouth teenager has been exploring different artistic media at NSCAD University throughout the summer – dabbling in ceramics, then screen printing, and now black-and-white photography, her favorite.

“It makes you look at the world in a new way,” says Jaime, who’s going into Grade 9 at Ellenvale Junior High in Dartmouth. She’s been getting familiar with an “old school” 35-mm Pentax camera over the past week. “To take a picture and then develop the negatives in a pitch black room is really creative.”

ArtRageous is a celebration of such awakening talent. Running August 15 to 21 at the Port Loggia Gallery, ArtRageous brings together the artworks of students who’ve taken one or more of the 20 summer camps offered through NSCAD University’s School of Extended Studies in July and August.

Artworks range from “pinch pots,” thrown ceramics, screen-printed T-shirts, paper mâché masks and large painted murals. As well, there will be lots of sea creatures in various forms as a number of classes had an ocean theme.

“It means a lot to these young artists because it’s the first time they’ve had their artwork exhibited,” says Charley Young, education coordinator for the School of Extended Studies.

“It’s a big deal – it’s in an art gallery and it’s at NSCAD. It feels like a big family celebration because so many people come out, parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, even a couple of dogs.”

Jaime is curious to see what other summer campers have been up to when she’s been in the dark room developing contact sheets. “I’m always amazed by what other people can do. Even the stuff by little kids looks like it was done by professionals. But no, just people like me.”

ArtRageous opens with a reception on Monday, August 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., and is on display for a week at the Port Loggia Gallery, 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax.

Summer camper Jaime Quigley is one of the artists whose work goes on display as part of ArtRageous, on at the Port Loggia Gallery, August 15-21.