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June is Membership Month at the Niagara Artists Centre, which means there’s no better time to sign up or renew your membership. In this Q&A, Ariadni Harper talks about being an artist in St. Catharines, creating work for the STRUTT Wearable Art Show (more on that soon!), and bringing her kids to NAC to check out the shows. Ariadni’s work will be on display in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery beginning Saturday 9 July at 7PM.


1. When did you become a NAC member and why?
I’ve been a NAC Member for more than 10 years … I think?!

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

I’m an artist. It’s all I can remember doing lots of as a child and pursued it in school. It brings me peace and adrenaline all at the same time. Also I have a great appreciation for the arts and the artists that  express themselves in a variety of mediums.

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

The best thing about being an artist in Niagara, is that there are so many creative people in this area. It’s appreciated and there is a great deal of exposure throughout the cities with call for submissions, events and cultural venues.

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

A Niagara artist that knocks my socks off is William Griffiths*. Met him at Small Feats after I purchased one of his paintings. Love his style, the layers, the colours, the texture. I’ve been experimenting with abstract, and it’s not easy as some may think. I have a great appreciation for artist that can create on what seems to be a freer level.
* William Griffith’s show is on at NAC until Friday 8 July in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery.

5. Tell us about a memorable NAC experience.

I have many memorable NAC experiences, the staff is so friendly and inviting…but STRUTT was pretty AMAZING!! To be involved with such a great event. The vibe that evening was something you wouldn’t expect in St.Catharines. I was thrilled and honoured to be part of that, so thank you!

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

The number one reason I became a NAC member was to become more involved with other artist and connect with the art community. Before I became a member I would always pop in to see latest exhibits and after having my daughters I would bring them in the stroller and ask them to show me which piece they liked and why. That’s when I knew I needed to get involved.