21 October 2016

All the Scarecrows!

Our annual Scarecrow Festival is always such a good time! This year we decided to try to get a picture of every single scarecrow that was made. I think a few may have slipped away before we could photograph them, but the rest wound up in this video, which I think is pretty darn charming!

Thanks to everyone who came out and got creative with us! Join us next Thanksgiving weekend, where we'll do it all again! October 7 & 8, 2017.

05 September 2016

2016 Residency Recap!

Whaaaat? It's September all of a sudden! Summer was a whirlwind, resplendent with so many delightfully different artists. Here's a look back at just *some* of the eclectic cast of characters that passed through Small Pond in 2016:

We started off the season with our first ever Cardboard Camp, bringing together this awesome group of cardboard enthusiasts.

Nadya Eidelstein built a drawing machine and worked on some botanical designs to be screen-printed later.

This trio of kick-ass-lady-writer-friends converged at Small Pond for a week; Sarah Selecky, Sarah Henstra, Frances Philips stand in front of the naked silo.

Kelsey McNulty worked on some new tunes and could be heard playing our barn piano late into the night.

Nick Di Gaetano spent a month with us while performing in Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County with Festival Players/FIXTPOINT Theatre. Here he is recording a "silo session".

Andrew Foerster is an animator and illustrator, but used his residency to work on some sculpture projects.

Sara Knaus wanted to get some writing done, here she is hard at work in the art barn.

Ying Lee created her own writing studio in the shade of the pear tree.

Creator/performer Bruce Horak came to Prince Edward County on tour with his show Assassinating Thomson. Here he is doing some plein air painting.

Elysanne Tremblay worked on a number of different projects during her residency. Here she is building a tent structure around her actual tent - which she slept in... talk about getting into your work!

Heidi Berger worked on a series of paintings for an upcoming show in Germany.

Larry Eisenstein worked on some BIG drawings in the barn.

Lynn Chidwick is a stained glass artist, but used her residency to create some pastel drawings. A residency is a great opportunity to try something new!

There were lots of interesting outings...

Quality porch hang-outs...

And starry, starry nights.
Photo by Mile Murtanovski
It was an amazing summer! Our heartfelt thanks to all the artists that chose to spend some time with us, bringing their ideas, inspiration and camaraderie.

The nights are cooling down, and the residency is open for just one more month this season. We'll start accepting 2017 applications or our artist residency December 1, 2016. Can't wait to see what next summer has in store!

18 July 2016

The Cardboard Queen

I'm sometimes known as the Puppet Lady around these parts, but these days perhaps a better name for me would be the Cardboard Queen. I love everything about creating with cardboard: its versatility, its low-art panache, its total free-ness and, of course, repurposing what is essentially garbage into something magical. 

June once again found me building Boxtopia - a creative cardboard kingdom for kids - with my dream team of artist friends at Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston. I’ve been doing these installations for a number of years and it has become a real staple of the festival. This year our theme was "Rock ‘n’ Roll Arcade." Leave it to my awesome crew of cardboard collaborators to come up with such a rad idea. 

Boxtopia was a pretty happening place! There was a jam space...

A sweet DJ booth...

Plenty of games...

A Bowie-inspired hair salon...

And, of course, a place to get a tasty cardboard snack.

Most of our creations were made during Small Pond’s inaugural Cardboard Camp in the spring. I really enjoy working with other creators in the same medium, because we all have our own style, and I always learn a ton from collaborating with these folks. Plus, they are just so much fun to be around!

L to R: Krista Dalby, Chrissy Poitras, Kevin Merritt, Holly Gilmour, Nella Casson

As much as I love working large-scale, much can be said for working small. Last winter I had a hankering for a some artistic experimentation, and wound up creating this boxboard sculpture of Canadian poet Al Purdy. 

A few months later I decided that I should try entering it in a juried art show, Art in the County, which was a first for me. I was really happy when it was accepted into the show, and somewhat incredulous when I received a juror's award. Then I learned that the sculpture sold - another first. I don't know if I'll do any more work like this, but I'm feeling the gentle nudge of the universe reminding me that as an artist I should always be experimenting and reaching beyond my comfort zone. Good things happen there!

Most recently, I worked with Fixt Point Theatre this summer, designing their set for the theatre production of Tale of a Town – Prince Edward County, a play that I co-created with director Katie Swift and the artistic team. 

The Tale of a Town - Prince Edward County, featuring Chelsea Riesz, Kelsey Dann, and Nick Di Gaetano.
Photo by Johnny C. Lam
Naturally, I decided to make the set and many props out of my favourite material – cardboard! I was nursing an injured shoulder at the time of building the set, but thankfully my super-talented sister Caitlin was visiting at the time with her wife Helena, and the two of them helped make it happen. I don't know how I would have done it without them!

Me looking quite at home amongst scads of cardboard.
Photo by Johnny C. Lam
My goal with the set was to make the cardboard look as cardboardy as possible, ripping it and distressing it to show off its beautiful textures. I was really pleased with the result. I loved working in such a large scale, and doing something longer-lasting than my usual installations. I’m now nurturing some big dreams for large-scale projects… stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,
Krista Dalby, Cardboard Queen