The debut of the Group of 11
October 3, 2012

 Jesse Schilperoort, Mersey River, Acrylic on canvas, 23 by 23".

You’ve heard of the Group of Seven, how about the Group of Eleven?

The Group of Eleven, comprised of NSCAD artists, will be holding an exhibition of landscape art arising out of a recent camping trip to Kejimkujik National Park. The show takes place October 9 to 20 at NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street, and will be open during Nocturne on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Included in the show will be paintings, photographs and an installation. Plus there will be photos documenting the trip, which took place on a few hot and humid days at the end of August.

Third-year NSCAD student Jack Wong described the experience as relaxed, liberating and conducive to art making—stimulated by Kejimkujik’s beautiful natural environment and the camaraderie of the students. Following the trip, the artists dispersed to their studios to further develop ideas and sketches made on site.

"There was one day when we sat by Mersey River and sketched or took photographs, while describing and projecting to each other what we envisioned would emerge from these studies,” says Jack, who is studying printmaking at NSCAD. “Being in the open air allowed us to think a bit bolder, perhaps."

Participating artists include Nicole Cooper, Ian Funke-McKay, Billy Hebb, Kazue Leeming, Jennifer MacLatchy, Liza Rader, Jesse Schilperoort, Jack Wong, David Johnson, Mary Spurr and Jeremy Vaughan. The students would like to express their appreciation to Parks Canada and NSCAD University.

 Ian Funke-McKay, Reception Upon Arrival, oil on canvas, 60" by 72".