Class notes - Vivid, Winter 2013
February 11, 2013


Drowning in Colour: The Art of Wayne Boucher is a documentary by Allan Collins exploring the ideas and themes in the work of abstract painter Wayne Boucher (BFA 1975). According to the synopsis: “Central to the film is a dream-like underwater sequence showing how as a child he slid off a rock and experienced an amazing world of colour, while almost drowning in the process. This otherworldly experience and the luminosity and beauty revealed in the underwater rays of sunlight reappear in many of his paintings.” Screenings of Drowning in Colour will be held throughout the province: on Friday, March 15, 8 p.m. at Université Saint-Anne; Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m. at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal (with Sum of its Parts, a film about the work of Nancy Edell); Sunday, March 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lunenburg Fisheries Museum (with Sum of its Parts); Tuesday, April 2, at Halifax Public Library, Spring Garden Branch; Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Yarmouth date TBA.

Clayton Patterson (BFA 1977) is a Canadian-born artist, photographer, videographer, and folk historian. Since moving to New York City in 1979, his work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life and times of the Lower East Side in Manhattan. He has recently released an ambitious new literary project, Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side, co-edited with sociology professor Dr. Marelyn Schneider. Volume I is now available through Amazon. His work is featured in the documentaries Captured (2008) and Everybody Street, about New York street photographers.


Paul Douglas (BDes 1984) is the president of Melon Design, a multi-disciplinary design agency in Halifax. Over the past 10 years, Melon Design has hosted 23 intern students from universities including NSCAD, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie and schools in countries including the United States, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Japan. “We have recently updated our website and would love you to have a look,” says Paul, who teaches Applied Typography as part of NSCAD’s Design program. 

Jessica Scott Kerrin (BFA 1988) is the author of highly acclaimed award-winning children’s books for boys, including The Lobster Trilogy and Martin Bridge. Critiques from Horn Book, Kirkus Starred Reviews and The Globe and Mail claim that she adds much-needed boy protagonists to early chapter-book readers. Jessica teaches workshops on writing for young male readers, the development of chapter-book protagonists, and how to write a series; and she has delivered presentations across Canada and in the United States for organizations such as the International Association of Readers, the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and Mount Saint Vincent University. Over 150,000 copies of books in the Martin Bridge series have sold to date. She is currently working on The Spotted Dog Last Seen, her first mystery novel that will be published later this year.

Sarah Maloney: Collapse is on view at the Kelowna Art Gallery to March 31. Collapse is a series of works which explores the notion of the traditional domestic sphere of women, the Victorian pastime/skill of embroidery and the female connection to flowers. Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988) teaches in the Foundation Division at NSCAD.

The novel February by Lisa Moore (BFA 1988) is among three remaining titles battling for supremacy in CBC’s Canada Reads. Comedian Trent McLellan is defending February, about a Newfoundland woman’s struggle to rebuild her life after the death of her husband on the Ocean Ranger. It’s up against Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan.

Jay Rutherford (BDes 1987) is a founding faculty member of the new Faculty of Art and Design at what was is now called Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Weimar, Germany. “Over the last 20 years a lot of water has flowed under the bridge here -- many stories to tell, but not in such a small space,” writes Jay, also a former faculty member at NSCAD. “I helped set up a new department of Visual Communications here, I've been invited to give talks at conferences and design schools around the world, have worked on curriculum development projects and, since last year, also have an honorary professorship at a Chinese University, where I visit regularly and contribute to program development.” Jay notes he also plays in a rock band for fun.


Nedia El Khouri ( BFA 1998) has owned and operated Viva Vida Art Gallery and Art Centre on the West Island of Montreal since 2009. Last year, the gallery was nominated and selected as a finalist for the 2012 West Island Chamber of Commerce Accolades award, and in addition recognized by Chamber as "Ambassador Status for Exceptional Business Community Leadership.”  Nedia tells the Montreal Gazette that she sees her gallery as a dynamic space where people discover art for “experiential exchange.” According to the story, “Her inspiration comes from her training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax where she grew up. Of Brazilian and Lebanese background, her ambition is international. Her own training and preferred field is in what is called ‘performance’ and ‘installation’ art, which means she treats her gallery like an installation. You can expect surprises and you won’t visit just once.”

Jyri Niemi (BDes 1998) holds down NSCAD’s Finnish contingent. After graduation, Jyri worked for a year as a graphic designer at a company called Columbus Group Communications, designing websites for Vancouver Canucks and Kraft Dinner. He then returned to Finland and worked at a top ad agency and launched a digital branch called Ego. As art director, he worked at Ego for nine years, then moving to Paperjam, then to Citat to work as creative director. “Overall I think I've been quite lucky to be able to work with wonderfully talented people on some groundbreaking (and award-winning) projects. I'm also positive that it wouldn't have been possible without my years at NSCAD,” writes Jyri. “It really gave me the knowledge and the right frame of mind to become a professional designer. It's nice to always have that experience to look back on.”

Swiss architecture and design publisher Birkhäuser has released a monograph of Todd Saunders’ work. Based in Bergen, Norway, award-winning Canadian architect Todd Saunders (BDes 1992) has built work in Norway, Finland and Canada. Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes covers his work over the last decade. The simple yet powerful aesthetic of the book mirrors the elegance of Saunders’ own architectural style and compliments the potency of the natural settings in which his work is often situated. The book is written by Wallpaper Magazine editors Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell and designed by internationally renowned Swedish graphic designer Henrik Nygren.


Andrea Cavicchi  (BFA 2003) and Analia Lowe are co-owners of the new Atlantic Montessori School, 12 Flamingo Drive, Halifax. The pair met while teaching English as a second language in South Korea and bonded over a love of teaching and Halifax.  "Montessori education allows for each child enrolled to have an individualized curriculum as well as the opportunity for self-discovery,” says Andrea.

A visual essay by photographer Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005) is featured prominently in the January/February issue of Walrus. On the Edge of North America is a series of images initiated by Scott in the summer of 2009 and finished two years later. He is now at work on a project about China’s landscape and railways. 

New works by David Harper (BFA 2006) are on display in the exhibition Entre le chein and la loup at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough. According to David: “This project, which has been in the works for over a year, will feature entirely all new works, including several pieces that were completed during my residency at the Kohler factory last winter, and my largest embroidery project to date.” Entre Le chein and la loup continues to April 6 at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and is then scheduled to travel through 2015 to venues across Canada including the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Kenderdine Art Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan.

Artist Daniel Hutchison (MFA 2008) has a busy spring coming up. He’s participating in Imaging Disaster, a group exhibition running to March 31 at Museum London. Organized by curators Cassandra Getty and Adam Lauder, the exhibition stages an encounter between historical and contemporary visions of environmental and social crisis. As well, his work is included in the group show by the dozen, on display to February 17 at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto. Solo exhibitions are upcoming at two Toronto galleries, the Angell Gallery (March 9 to April 13) and YYZ in May.

Artist Sarah Irwin (BFA 2003) and her husband run the Finer Diner in Hackett’s Cove. The diner has a one-wall gallery space, called the Wee Gallery, featuring art by one artist. She volunteers at the Freedom Renewal Centre, a free retreat located near Tantallon for marginalized people, and recently started the Wee Tree Button Project as a fundraiser for the centre.

 Kyle Jackson's Handy Halifax.

Urban folk artist Kyle Jackson (BFA 2009) is one for 15 finalists on season two of the HGTV show Canada’s Handyman Challenge. For auditions in Halifax, Kyle created a three-dimensional painting, Handy Halifax, built from six layers of plywood to meet the TV show’s challenge of constructing an object from a single sheet of plywood. Canada’s Handyman Challenge airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on HGTV.

Rob MacInnis (BFA 2005) is finishing his Masters degree in Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. You can view his portfolio online.

A painting by artist Daniel St-Amant (BFA 2005) was featured on CityTV’s Cityline show hosted by Tracy Moore. Designer Yanic Simard used it as an example to illustrate one of the top 10 décor trends for 2013. Check out his website.

Erin Stump (BFA 2004) was included among the “30 Promising Young Art World Stars from the Great White North.” Erin opened her solo gallery, ESP, in April 2011. A commercial gallery on Queen Street, ESP focuses on exhibiting emerging contemporary Canadian artists.

Designers Akshay Tyagi (BFA 2008) and Anjali Mody collaborated to create a special collection, Double Decker, which is “dedicated to the Maximum City” aka Mumbai, India. The collection was recently heralded in Vogue India. To view, see Akshay's website.


Nadine Purdy (BDes 2011) has been appointed VP Operations/Creative Director at RedCap Marketing Inc. “The exciting factor is that I used the skills I learned at NSCAD to begin freelancing and developing the RedCap brand with the owners while I was in third year of the B.Des program. The skills learned in our design program allowed me to support myself as a designer even before graduating which enabled me to fast tract my career.” RedCap Marketing Inc. is a travel destination marketing company that provides local businesses with an effective approach to reach the tourist market.

In Memoriam
David York, art education faculty member at NSCAD University from 1971 to 2001, passed away on Jan. 3, 2013 at the age 74.

Graphic designer Robin Keith Campbell, aged 38, died at his home in Judique South on Jan. 22. He graduated from NSCAD in 1998 with Honours in Graphic Design.

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