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Getting in the ArtZone

The UNB campus is about to get invaded by Loraxes, Sneetches and Truffula trees.

On March 27, the members of UNB’s ArtZone will be bringing their “Seussism” exhibit to the Provincial Archives. It will feature members’ artwork inspired by Dr. Seuss.

“I’m very excited about it. It feels like I’m working on something for a finished goal,” said Rebecca Ewing, president of ArtZone. “I am making a collection of small books and displaying them in books. I got a quote and from that quote I used stories of my life into little illustrations using his colours.”

It’s an end-of-year exhibit that will finish off a successful year for the club, which has had a good member turnout of 25.

The club, which has been around for 17 years, hasn’t always been so successful.

“There are times when I’d have a great active membership, and we have more members this year than we have in the past few years. There are some years you get the right people, and sometimes you don’t,” said Lori Quick, the facilitator for ArtZone.

“It’s like a gym membership, you feel better when you use it. When you don’t, you feel a little guilty, but you always get good out of it when you use it.”

ArtZone is a group on campus that’s open to anyone, both students and community members, with an interest in art.

“If you want to step aside from [school], ArtZone is open to anybody. It’s just to give your brain creative exercises,” Quick said.

“It’s a great place to come. It’s quiet, happy with lots of good workshops to meet people,” said Ewing.

For $15, students get access to a studio and supplies as well as 11 workshops to help members develop their craft. At the end of the year, members are invited to participate in an exhibit to show off their artwork.
“It’s basically encouraging any creativity,” said Quick.

Quick is not only pleased with this year: she and the rest of the ArtZone team have already begun planning out some key ideas and events for the upcoming year to attract the interest of students and have a larger community presence.

“We have that social aspect. I’ve gone in to talk to other classes about ArtZone, and next year will be our outreach year. I have a brainstorming list with outreach and fundraising ideas,” said Quick.

“Seussism” will held on Thursday, March 27 at 5 p.m. at the Provincial Archives. The event is free.

If you’d like more information on the club or event, feel free to drop by Memorial Hall and speak with Lori Quick at the UNB Art Centre, or email the club at Create@unb.ca.

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