For those of you who don’t know, let me introduce you to my home town, Pictou, Nova Scotia. Nestled on the Northumberland Strait, it’s a community of fishin’ and farmin’. My lovely friend and fellow Pictonian Mary MacDonald, created the W(here) Festival as the research project for her Masters of Fine Arts degree at OCAD University in Toronto in Criticism & Curatorial Practice. This festival has proved to be so much more than that, bringing “together local artists, diverse communities and visiting artists in a rich program for all ages. Discussions with the local community will form the basis from which the project will grow as well as the artists, locations and modes of presentation chosen.”
Tonight was the Launch event, the “Kitchen Party” was a social event, with artists talks and discussions. Painters, sculptors, filmmakers, textile artists, all with a common thread of place, came to share their stories and work with the community.
Artists included Dawn MacNutt, Susan Tilsley Manley, St. Clair Prest, Carolyn Vienneau, Fenn Martin, Eliza Fernbach, and Amanda MacDonald.
Image (l to r): Dawn MacNutt, Timeless Figure, 66.9 in..; Fenn Martin, Ceramic relief sculpture, approximately 120 x 60 in.