Bria Miller is settling in at the studio and enjoying time to create alongside Open Studio participants as part of her residency. Keen after school crowd from two local schools: Shambala and St Joseph's A. McKay join her at the felting table.
A special Open House will take place at Wonder'neath (2891 Isleville Street, 2nd Floor) on Sunday, October 1st from 2-4pm. Join Bria as part of Culture Days in celebration of her practice and residency. There will be refreshments and materials for making bracelets and bunting while considering what community means to you. All welcome, although we regret our location is not accessible. If you wish to connect with Bria through skype, or FaceTime because we can't meet your accessibility needs, we will make that happen.
During Open Studio, our artists often work away on their studios. Bethany is loading a kiln in the picture below!
Bethany Riordan-Butterworth is one of our studio artists! She's talented and incredibly generous - on firing days she does extra chores to help maintain studio order. ;)
Therese Bombardier, another of our studio artists is rocking a Lemonade Stand Designs dress by studio mate, Marie Webb after a full day at the Etsy show in Halifax!
Learning proper handling of tools and personal safety at the tool bench during Open Studio.
In progress paint explorations on Saturday.
And one of the results!
Check out this talking cheeseburger with French Frie legs!
Artist facilitator Jenny Shi offering guidance during Open Studio in our textile area.
Still one of our most popular spots! This SJAM student is making a book bag for her doll! No pattern - learning as we go!
Check out the plaster of paris casts!
Wonder'neath artists Melissa and Heather were invited to help animate the annual Black Street Party so they designed interactive kiosks using reclaimed materials.
The Little Village: Kiosks for the Black Street Party consisted of:
- a Post Office,
- an Exchange Pavilion,
- Gaming Centre
- Who's Your Neighbour? - a booth designed to help get to know your neighbours.
Huge support in designing, building, sourcing materials, and set up by Jessica Winton (artist and society president).
Our Post Office kiosk was inspired by former Fuller Terrace resident: artist Alison Creba, and her project called City Mail. An exchange of post cards, letters, and messages to Northwood residents, the intersection repair team, volunteers and neighbours delighted the crowd.
The Exchange Pavilion - using Jessica Winton's repurposed half-pyramids, we added shelves to this kiosk and filled it with treasures and trinkets.
We heard this was really a great addition to the party that was a highlight for some of the kids!
Current secretary, Cecilia Greyson and former Member at Large/current studio artist, Renée Forrestall chatting with Melissa.
Setting up the Gaming Centre! Setting up kiosks that use reclaimed materials can be a challenge. Luckily we had great support! Thanks to Art Biker/Open Studio facilitator/artist/musician Eric and friends for their great energy after we worked through the night!
Simple games gave Street Party Folks a chance to sit down and connect with one another.
The curious Pine Cone Toss (designed in the wee hours) was fun for all ages!
Great celebration! Many thanks to the Black Street Party volunteers and to Northwood Staff, residents, volunteers and to Dramatic Changes for the opportunity!
With special thanks to Visual Arts Nova Scotia and the Cultural and Youth Activities Program through The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, we are so very excited to welcome artist Bria Miller to Wonder'neath!
A quiet moment for Bria in the afternoon sun. We can't wait to see this studio space a month from now!
Ceramic artist, Therese Bombardier, working late on Friday evening! It's handle night in the studio.
Therese's favourite part about working with clay is: "it's squishiness!"
Its magic is really her favourite thing.
Cutting, drilling, and assembling are also happening this evening as Melissa, Heather and Jessica prepare for the Black Street Party in North End Halifax.
Get ready for our interactive kiosks made out of reclaimed materials and innovative ideas. This one is to exchange mail during the party - honouring one of our very favourite projects ever: City Mail by artist Allison Creba. ❤️📫💌
Open Studio is about to open its doors again for the fall season - thanks to generous support from 4Cs Foundation! We have been busy sorting, cleaning and learning. Today we held a training session to share our respective experiences, ideas, questions, society goals and history. And we had delicious soup!
Some of the generous, talented folks who make up our team at Open Studio!
Artists Renée and Jenny are joined by Merv, former NSCAD technician, to have a look at this sweet little press. Lucky Grammar School gets to have this at their school - not to mention Renée's passion and talent as an educator!!
We also got to see artist/illustrator Laura Roy on site today! She's working on book illustrations - which we will share soon - and reading up on how the brain works.
We've been running Open Studio on Saturdays only during July and August and although we've had beautiful summer weather, we still find our studio busy with artists and makers of all ages. Here are some recent highlights from our public studio sessions.
Busy studio - definitely a few of our regulars in this shot!
It's been ages since we've kept a regular blog, but we do keep a photo archive and will try to add more regularly! The program continues to inspire and resonate, and our participant records show that every weekend, we have more than 100 visitors during our two drop in sessions! Please send us an email if there is an art medium you are interested in learning about! We work with a range of talented art facilitators who can share their knowledge of many mediums.
Starting in July, a teen group from the Phoenix Youth Program in Mulgrave Park came in to work on a mural-sized map of their community. Together, we made a list of the important sites and details to incorporate, and we began the map by first painting a base layer of latex paint on Tyvek material.
Hi! I’m Emma. I’m new here at Wonder’neath, having recently joined as Open Studio Intern for the summer. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, I’ve just completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and Minor in Art History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design here in Halifax. You can find out more about me and my work here.
My time at Wonder’neath Studios has been full of many new experiences and new people. Wonder’neath is a vibrant and always changing space. I was excited to become a part of this place! Heather and Melissa steer the organization with heaps of passion and a great sense of collaboration. The openness of Wonder’neath exists at every level here, from the approach to exploring art-making in Open Studio to the supportive culture of the permanent artists. I was instantly welcomed by all.
Right away, I dove into several projects including brainstorming and sample-making for Open Studio, sorting the many generous donations in the storage room, and co-facilitating a Grade 2 class visit from St. Joseph’s A. McKay School where they made creatures, their habitats, and screen printed flags. We carried the creatures and habitats over as that week’s Open Studio featured project which sparked a super creative response. Wow! A great beginning to the summer.
April 30, 2015
April 17/18, 2015
Friday, March 6th Our numbers are back up as participants fearlessly trudge through the snow! The collaborative bird puppet is on-going, pillows and purses get sewn, IWK Choices staff and youth complete Justice-related imagery and screen print onto t-shirts, and joining us as facilitator is Therese from Bombardier Designs - and Mar, a graduate student at NSCAD who spoke Spanish with one of our participants preparing to go to Guatemala on a school trip! Also a visit from Waypoint Centre for Self-Directed Learning and several homeschoolers!
Saturday, February 28th It's our facilitator Jeighk's last day and we are celebrating with a GIANT COLLABORATIVE PUPPET!
Friday, February 20th We defiantly brought out sand as one of our ingredients to protest against all the snow!
Happy Valentine's Day! Here are some highlights from Saturday, February 14th!
Friday, February 6, 2015 Heaps of snow kept Open Studio a little quieter than it has been - although we still celebrated with folks who were close by - and delicious snacks! We loved being a site for community project planners collaborating in celebration of Viola Desmond Day.
A few more moments from Saturday, January 31st!
Saturday, January 31
The dyed wool from The Loop and Gaspereau Valley Fibres is all sorted! A rainbow to choose from for felting projects!
January 23, 2015 The studio was buzzing with 53 artists of all ages who joined us and typed on old typewriters, felted, tried watercolour painting, made quilts and inspired each other. This was our biggest day since our Open Studio launch so it was a genuine treat to be among so many creative people in our community.