January 27, 2020

By RACHEL HENRY

She presses the end of her pencil to the paper sitting atop the drawing board. With a keen eye she takes in her subject, translating details into lead lines as the clock ticks down, counting the seconds.

On March 13, project management students held Doon campus’s first Conestoga on Canvas, a flash art exhibit held in the F-wing from 1-2 p.m.

The exhibit showcased talent from Conestoga students and faculty, including Professor Jan Tito, professional photographer Ian Sprague of Bo Casey Photography and a sculpture instalment from University of Waterloo fourth-year fine art student Adam Frank. Art appreciators were invited to vote for their favourite artist, and Conestoga student Chelsea Dawn Friesen walked away with a “starving artist” gift basket worth over $100.

Students were also invited to take part in timed portrait drawing competitions, with gift cards for the top five sketches. Winners of the competition were Hang Huynh, Ina Mason, April Gray and Caitlin Norman.

Co-ordinator Carmen Peters said one of the main goals of the event was to bring some art culture into the spotlight.

“We want to make art not scary and very accessible to people,” she said.

The event was brought to fruition by project management students Jonathon Molson, Alishia Baker, Heather Reid, Eowyn Layng, Jill Cudney, Krista Wallace and Carmen Peters.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into it,” Cudney said. “(Planning and running the event) gives us the information we need for our program. It’ll help us plan events for our future employers.”

With a $150 budget, the students set out to gain support from local sponsors, which included M&T Printing Group, Turtle Jacks, Eidelweiss Tavern and Zehrs.

Facing the challenges of a condensed semester due to a work term, the team used online promotions via Facebook and email, flyers and word of mouth to spread the word about the exhibit.

“We all took a little piece and merged it together into a successful event,” Cudney said.