NAC Member of the Moment / Katie Mazi

Katie Mazi is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Niagara region. Her installation work immerses viewers into subversive domestic environments, while her photos illustrate vivid and deceptive scenes. She also uses painting and drawing to communicate fluid and immediate ideas. Mazi is most interested in using everyday objects to represent the absurdity of human behaviour, especially in relationship to non-human animals and the natural world.

To see more work visit: katiemazi.com

 

  1. When did you become a NAC member and why?

I became a NAC member around 2014 while attending Brock for Visual Art because I quickly began to realize that if I wanted to start exhibiting my work, organizing my own shows & being a part of a larger arts community that this was an absolute must. The NAC offered a great space to do all of these things with just a yearly membership ($45)!

  1. Are you an artist, an art appreciator or both?

Both!

  1. What’s the best thing about being an artist in Niagara?

The best thing about being an artist in Niagara is that it doesn’t take long to get an overall impression of the community and the opportunities that are offered here, but in the same respect there are always new exciting things & artists emerging.

  1. Name a Niagara artist whose work knocks your socks off.

There are just too many to name. But I guess if I had to choose in this moment, I would say Jenn Judson. Jenn is a great artist and has become one of my very good friends. We recently have started some collaborative projects and working with her is great!

  1. Tell us about a memorable NAC experience.

There have been lots of memorable NAC experiences. Shows run by the Brock Art Collective while I was in school, group exhibits, film screenings, music, dance parties! I would say the most recent stand-out events would be Small Feats 2017 and Daniel Romano’s Modern Pressure record release party.

 

  1. What’s the number one reason to become a NAC member?

I think that becoming a NAC member is essential for all types of artists, art appreciators, or just anyone that generally likes cool and fun things. If you are attending Brock for Visual Arts, I am sure this will help you navigate as an emerging artist. It keeps you in the know for so many interesting happenings affiliated with NAC and other exciting things that go on in the Niagara community. Since becoming a NAC member I have planned/curated shows, my work has been included in numerous NAC shows, I have seen many fantastic shows, met lots of great artists and art appreciators and now I am renting the NAC studio space!

Become a NAC member and be part of the Niagara arts community in whatever way that suits you OR buy friends/family a membership if you’re already in. TODAY!

NAC Member of the Moment: Geoff Farnsworth

June is membership month at the Niagara Artists Centre. In our NAC Member of the Moment series, we ask NAC members about art in Niagara and the number one reason to join NAC. Artist and NAC board member Geoff Farnsworth tells us about the good tiiimes and being part of NAC’s shared studio / shop at 433 St. Paul Street.

Geoff’s paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base.  Geoff’s paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy, while also building a compelling image.  Working with people and motifs from his personal world, Geoff focusus continuously on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance.  His figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.

Geoff’s paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, the Niagara region, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Sweden, Norway, and Trinidad.

When did you become a NAC member and why?
I became a NAC member 4 years ago because I HAD to in order to join the first NAC initiated communal studio. But glad I did with also getting into the know n’ flow of the local Niagara art scene. Goood tiiimes!

Are you an artist, an art appreciator or both?
Both.

What’s the best thing about being an artist in Niagara?
A flourishing art scene locally, with close access to Toronto and Buffalo. We are lucky with so many venues here now like NAC and the PAC, Brock and Niagara College, and the cafe and restaurant scene that’s helped with the confluence of a really vibrant and connected sharing of art, influence, and ideas.

Name a Niagara artist whose work knocks your socks off.
William Griffiths, Chris Pew, Amber Lee Williams, Bruce Thompson, Shawn Serfas, and so many more.

Tell us about a memorable NAC experience.
Lots. But the big winner for me lately is the newly incarnated NAC-initiated communal art studio on the upper end of St. Paul: 14 artists working in the back, good energy, gallery space at street level shared with Roly Poly.

What’s the number one reason to become a NAC member?
Membership really keeps you updated and invited to a lot of cool events and exhibitions where you meet many interesting artists, musicians, and arts appreciators. Really fleshes out the experience of this rad community. Super dope!

Sign up for your very own NAC membership online or stop by NAC at 354 St. Paul Street in St. Catharines during gallery hours to get your membership in person.

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NAC Member of the Moment: JFM

JFM – looking for fun since ’81!

It’s membership month at the Niagara Artists Centre! In our NAC Member of the Moment series, we ask NAC members about art in Niagara and the number one reason to join NAC. Artist and NAC Studio Manager Jesse Frank Matthews tells us why he got involved with NAC and about some memorable NAC experiences

JFM is a sound and collage artist who recently moved back to the Niagara Region. He’ll playing THIS Saturday 10 June at NAC’s Summer Rooftop Kick Off Party. Check out his EP Return to the Garden City here.

1. When did you become a NAC member and why?

2000. Fresh outta high school, very confused and looking for like-minded weirdos.

2. Are you an artist, an art appreciator or both?

I make collages of found materials, sometimes with paper but more often with sounds.

3. What’s the best thing about being an artist in Niagara?

Since I returned to Niagara last year it has been the scents that inspire me the most.

4. Name a Niagara artist whose work knocks your socks off.

Phyllis MacFrugal

5. Tell us about a memorable NAC experience.

Playing while on mushrooms with The Strag on Bond Street, sweating so much I couldn’t see.

6. What’s the number one reason to become a NAC member?

See answer to answer to question 1.

RatTail ‘sicko
‘ladies night’ VHS treated by RatTail’s Jesse Frank Matthews

Governor General Awards NAC Artists!

Governor General Awards NAC Artists!

If you want to see the best visual and media artists in the nation, you need look no further than your down-home Artist-run Centre, NAC.

The Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Awards were announced on 15 February. Of the eight individuals awarded, two were good friends of NAC and recent exhibitors at our centre. For the quantitatively inclined that’s an astonishing 25%, or one quarter, of this year’s winners connected to NAC!

Congratulations to Shelley Niro and Mike Hoolboom. Videos about these whip-smart artists and kind-as-peach-pie people are on the Canada Council’s website right here. Congratulations to both, it’s well-earned and high time!

http://ggavma.canadacouncil.ca/

Keeping NAC Cool

KEEPING NAC COOL

In an effort to beat the heat, NAC will be closed for a few weeks beginning Thursday 2 February.
 
With remarkable foresight we’ll be closed for renovations during the winter doldrums so that an air conditioning system can be installed along with LED lighting and black out blinds for the Plate Glass Gallery.
 
These renovations are made possible thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and support from our friends at Oast House Brewers.
 
NAC will officially reopen on Saturday 8 April with our annual Small Feats fundraiser and party. That’s a humdinger not to be missed.
 
Though we won’t be keeping regular gallery hours, the Plate Glass Gallery will remain open with work by Alex Fraser and Puppet-A-Go-Go, the Flea Market Gallery with work by Alicia Nauta, and other sporadic events peppered throughout the calendar including The Brock Art Collective’s annual exhibit in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery on Friday 24 February. (We’ll hold limited gallery hours the week of the show so you can check out Niagara’s latest crop of up and comers.)
 
As well, NAC will continue with its Film House programming at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. NAC’s Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources will be moonlighting as DJ Awkward Mix in The Film House lobby on Wednesday 1 February and Saturday 11 February, playing country blues in advance of the I AM THE BLUES doc. Join us for a pre-show drink!
 
NAC’s board directors are also working out the details of our next culinary spectacular fundraiser to take place a little further down St. Paul at Bolete at the end of February. Tickets will go on sale next week.
 
And finally, we’re working away at NAC’s new STUDIO SHOP at 433 St. Paul and getting ready for a grand opening this March. Fifteen NAC Member artists have established studio spaces and storefront renovations to make the wildest retail space in town are well underway. 

If you need to get in touch with us, you can email natasha@nac.org or artists@nac.org.