“Art in general can be beautiful and life-enhancing. Art often works as a mirror; it can offer the viewer a different look at his or her surroundings. This process by itself can be refreshing and eye opening.”
- Jeanne Krabbendam, Visual Artist and Instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
We’re thrilled to welcome back Emily Carr University of Art + Design instructor Jeanne Krabbendam and her students who are exhibiting a wide range of artwork in the Machine Shop now until May 2.
With international experience from Europe and local experience in Canada, Jeanne has been making and teaching art for many years. Jeanne offers mixed media courses in the Continuing Studies Program at Emily Carr where she has taught since 2006. As a successful practicing artist, she values teaching because she “love[s] to the see students grow into their own style, finding their own way of building surface and applying paint and other materials.” Jeanne also finds that when it comes to her students, she learns almost as much as she teaches.
In 2013, Jeanne and her students exhibited at the Britannia Mine Museum and it was a success. This year Jeanne has brought a new group of students and art back to the Museum under the theme “Breaking Ground” which fits nicely with Britannia Beach commemorating its 110th anniversary. Celebrating 110 years of discoveries, Britannia continues to be a site of renewal and beginnings as this is the first time that many of Jeanne’s students have shown their artwork other than at school or to their family. In their own way, they are “breaking ground” and making a start with their art careers. Like any artist, it is important for Emily Carr students to exhibit their work. Jeanne notes that offering your art work to the larger public “gives you as a student the opportunity to show 'the world' what you are doing [and] to get feedback from people who don't know you, who have never seen your work. This might also help to get your name as an artist out, which of course will bring recognition in the art world.”
The specific environment of the Museum makes it an exciting place to exhibit. Although the platform and red walls in the Machine Shop are designated as exhibit spaces, Jeanne points out that it is not the traditional white cube that is found in most galleries where people shuffle from room to room. Jeanne finds the Museum a “lively” place and is eager to offer people art where they don’t expect it. She believes that “art may open their eyes to other details hidden in the museum and beyond” and that by using materials that “actually are found in the mountain”, people may be inspired and think more about their direct environment. Pieces in the exhibit were carefully chosen based on their links to the Museum’s content, to history, geology and the theme of “Breaking Ground”. “As my classes are focused on mixing materials and using less traditional tools and materials, I chose pieces that represent this strongly” says Jeanne.
The Museum is hosting a series of Artist Talks with Jeanne and her students on Saturday, April 26 from 2:00 – 4:30 PM. This event is free for members or with regular admission. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to listen to these emerging artists talk about how they started, what influences them and why they created the pieces seen in the exhibit. Visitors will also have the chance to ask artists questions and will hopefully leave with some insight on the life of an artist and what is involved in creating art.
Interested in learning more about why the Britannia Mine Museum exhibits artwork? Check out this blog post: Why Exhibit Art in an History Museum?