SDVA scholarship show takes over campus gallery
Art made by more than 100 top students in Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art (SDVA) programs was on exhibit at the 2013 SDVA Scholarship Show in Barrie's Campus Gallery. Read more...
Art made by more than 100 top students in Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art (SDVA) programs was on exhibit in April and May, 2013.
Members of the public were invited to view the 2013 SDVA Scholarship Show in the Campus Gallery in the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts, Barrie Campus.
The visually stunning exhibit featured work by students from eight Georgian College Design and Visual Art programs: Web Animation and Design, Jewellery and Metals, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Digital Photography and Imaging, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art Fundamentals.
At stake was more than $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Students’ work was judged by experts from the various industries represented in the show.
Second-year Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie organized an innovative arts event in downtown Barrie. WHO NEW?! Barrie’s Premiere Community Art Crawl, was a free self-guided tour of various galleries, studios, musical and eating venues. At least a couple of hundred people took part.
“I wanted to see more cohesion among the downtown galleries. We combined resources to get people downtown for one night of art,” said Couchie. “It attracted a lot of people who don’t usually take in the gallery scene.”
The Front Room Gallery, Art In House, Artist Studios of Aylan Couchie and Lisa Brunetta and D.I.Y. Arts Collective were all created by Georgian Fine Arts students. Other stops on the ‘crawl’ included Gallery 111, Bohemia, Jennifer Klementti Photography, The Edge Gallery, Unity Market and The Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, which renamed its grilled cheese masterpieces in honour of participating galleries.
“Several groups of students started their own businesses. It’s a great example of Georgian’s focus on entrepreneurship being taken out of the classroom and put to work in the real world,” said Gary Evans, co-ordinator, Fine Arts, Museum and Gallery Studies.
“It’s quite amazing. These students are improving the cultural tourism of the downtown with their studios and this event,” Evans added.
Participants experienced the latest local arts scene all in one night, weaving their way through several opening receptions, musical performances and a huge selection of artworks from 7 to 11 p.m.
The work of more than 100 top students from eight programs in Design and Visual Arts was on display as part of the annual Scholarship Show in April and May 2014 at the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts (D Building) at the Barrie Campus.
At stake was more than $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Just prior to the show opening, the students’ work was judged by panels of experts. Visitors to the show viewed the work of all nominees and award winners.
The visually stunning exhibit featured work by students from Web Animation and Design, Jewellery and Metals, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Digital Photography and Imaging, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art Fundamentals.
Georgian College Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie had a clear artistic concept in mind when she hopped into a cooler at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last week for the annual butter sculpting competition.
Her idea – sculpting a life-size Belgian hare — was a real crowd pleaser. She was named grand champion of the competition.
Taking part in the annual butter sculpting contest for the second year in a row, Aylan took for inspiration rabbits and hares on show at the Royal, the country’s most prestigious agricultural showcase.
Armed with a sketch of one of the magnificent little creatures, she spent almost 12 hours in the cooler on Wednesday, Nov. 6, creating her lifelike hare. She was competing against Fine Arts students from Georgian and other colleges. Contestants told to work around the theme of “Farm Fresh Fun,” and were given 150 kilograms of chilled butter and 12 hours in which to create a masterpiece.
Aylan’s grand championship win was a “people’s choice” award, with fair visitors voting heavily for her work of art. A panel of judges also awarded her second place in the juried portion of the competition.
Thanks to her win, Aylan got to butter up to CBC’s Rick Mercer. Watch Rick and Aylan’s butter sculpting adventures on YouTube.
In the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness at the Barrie Campus, nursing students have classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art human patient simulators to practise a variety of health care scenarios. If they wanted to study their health assessment skills and techniques late at night or on the weekend at home, they were left without a simulated study aid – until now.
Yvonne Galbraith has been working in simulation in Georgian’s Nursing programs for three years. She has combined her 36 years of nursing experience with her passion for art (she is an alumna of Georgian’s Fine Arts program, 2002) to create the Study Buddy.
“I was telling students to practice on a pillow, to pretend it was their patient. Working creatively, I was able to integrate art, nursing and simulation to make a low-cost, light-weight learning tool,” she says.
The Study Buddy is made from polyester fibre and duct tape. It weighs about three pounds and costs approximately $23 to assemble. The buddy can be used to practise landmarking for health assessments including giving injections, taking blood pressure, removing sutures, etc.
Galbraith recently presented her Study Buddy concept at a Society for Simulation in Healthcare international conference in Florida. In Dec. 2013, she was honoured with a SIM Citizenship Award at the Ontario Simulation Network’s SIM-one expo. The award pays tribute to the important contributions she has made in her field.
Customers lined up to buy great art at a great price while helping fine art students promote their work in our community, at the Works on Paper art sale and fundraiser in February. It was a great opportunity to purchase thrifty and striking student drawings, paintings and prints — all done on paper.
For a small fee, customers also commissioned a unique caricature, drawn right in front of them by one of Georgian’s talented student artists.
All sales helped second year students from Georgian College’s Fine Arts program raise the funds they needed to mount an exhibition of their work in March.
Anyone with a room to beautify or a passion for home décor will want to attend Decorating Day at Georgian College on Tuesday, March 25.
Hosted by students in the Interior Decorating and Kitchen and Bath Design programs, the event will feature the latest decorating products from at least 50 suppliers in the decorating and kitchen and bath design markets. Consumers will see the latest home furnishing fabrics, window treatments, wallpapers, flooring, paint. Displayed items will include architectural hardware, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, sinks, faucets, and more.
The show will be held in the gymnasium (Building J) at the Barrie Campus, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Georgian’s Food Locker program.
Bring decorating and design ideas and ask a decorator or kitchen and bath designer for their opinion or advice. Two booth areas hosted by qualified decorators, designers and students will provide free decorating and kitchen and bath consultations to anyone with a decorating or design dilemma.
Decorating and design seminars will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with information about many topics, including decorating products, applications and colour trends.
New decorating software technologies will also be a focus of the day. 20-20 Technologies provides software solutions covering the entire furniture design and manufacturing chain. SketchUp is a free Google download that anyone can use to create three-dimensional drawings of interior designed space. ViewIt Technologies is used by designers, decor professionals, vendors and retailers. AutoCAD allows users to design and shape the world with the powerful, connected design tools. Mpengo produces specific apps for the mobile professional.
A number of home decorating door prizes will be offered, including a full architectural paint reference system. Also part of the event is an art show and sale by local artists and students in Georgian’s Fine Arts program.
Hot off the Press, the annual show and sale of hand-made prints by Fine Arts students, took place Nov. 14 to 16 at the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts at the Barrie Campus.
The show and sale featured a dazzling array of styles, subjects and techniques – all at extremely reasonable prices. Proceeds supported Design and Visual Arts program activities like guest lecturers.
Seven students in Georgian’s Fine Arts program were announced as winners of a commission to have their work featured in a seniors’ community development to be constructed in downtown Barrie.
The winning students and the finalists will see their designs featured within the Harmony Village Lake Simcoe Presentation Gallery, being built by City Core Developments, when it opens later this year.
The pieces, mobile units to be hung from the ceiling, will be moved to the community centre when construction is complete. The winning team will be awarded $5,000 to cover the cost of the materials and construction and the two finalists will be awarded $2,500 for their designs.
The winning entry, “Reflections,” was designed by students Libby Mourant, Samantha Seitz and Karen Dobbs.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and a Master of Fine Art. She has exhibited her sculptures and drawings in many solo and group exhibitions since 1996. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. She has received several awards for her sculptural work, including the Patricia and Lou Odette Award from the Sculptor’s Society of Canada, the Best Sculpture Award in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Protégé Honours Award from the Arts Toronto Protégé Honours Program and the international grant for emerging artists from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Amy’s public sculpture commissions include the Ted Friedman Award for the Ontario Hospital Association and for the City of Toronto at Humber Bay Shores East Park in Etobicoke and Milne Hollow Park, located in the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area in Don Mills.
She has served on the board of directors of the White Water Gallery Artist Run Centre in North Bay and the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie.
Exhibiting professionally since 1995, Gary has had over 25 solo exhibits. His work appears in numerous public and corporate collections. His teaching style is personable, available and student-centred. It’s important to him to be informed about contemporary practices.
Gary feels that the Fine Arts area at Georgian is a very supportive community with expert, informed faculty and support staff, excellent facilities and many exhibits, events and opportunities that create a unique cultural experience. A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCAD), he has been teaching at Georgian since 1999 and is currently co-ordinator of both the Fine Arts and the Museum and Gallery Studies programs.