I heartily thank the following
people and organizations for their help with my recent show:
- my wife, Elwyn - she looked after
the family with less and less of my help as the hours/week spent at the
Art College gradually increased over the years of my BFA. For this project
she helped design my monk's robe and sewed it; she also organized the food
for the opening.
- my friend, Hassan Lalji - he provided
the skilled design help for my monk's robe, documented much of the proceedings
on video tape and glued on many little velcro pieces for the "Charon
Receiving Souls from Hermes" mural.
- Canada Safeway Limited - they donated
all the flowers for the full duration of the show; special thanks to Sarah,
who works in the floral department in the Kensington store and helped choose
- Datap Systems, a divison of Sandwell
Inc. and the place at which I've worked for the last thirteen years - they
allowed me the time off and supported me through all the years it has taken
me to earn my BFA; they also provide the server for my website.
- Peter Fung at Advanet Technology
Inc. in Calgary - he loaned me the very powerful Windows-95 computer for
- my classmate, Sarah Pike - she
made the beautiful, large rice pot and serving spoon for the food at the
opening. She also loaned me the all-important water jar.
- another classmate, Adrienne Gradauer
- she photographed me at work on the box and took slides at the 'Rite of
Remembrance'; she organized a soda firing for many of the Carvathon bowls
and helped glaze a lot of them.
- our family's nanny, Ranita - she
cooked all the food for the opening and brought it [still warm] and my
acolytes to the gallery on time.
- my children, Lindsay, Julian, Carol
and Danielle - they put up with my evening absences and stress-frayed temper
on many occasions. Julian and Carol used their altar-server experience
to act as acolytes during the 'Rite of Remembrance'and did postering for
- my classmates in 4th-year ceramics
- they threw about 140 bowls for the Carvathon.
- all those who came to the Carvathon
- they carved the bowls for the serving of food at the opening.
- many people in the ceramics department
- they helped bisque, glaze and fire the bowls.
- Tammy McGrath, the Marion Nicholl
Gallery Coordinator - she accepted my proposal and brought it to the jury
early so that I could have more time to prepare the show; she handled
all my special requests and served food at the opening.
- Angela, a Marion Nicholl Gallery
Assistant - she helped me set up the show and did a great job with the
tarpaper blackout curtain and the lighting; she also loaned me her auto-reversing
cassette player to play the Gregorian chant tape and worked at the opening.
- Verna, the Student Association
secretary in the office next door to the gallery - she had to listen to
Gregorian chant all day, every day for the week of the show.
- all the other Marion Nicholl Gallery
assistants and volunteers - they gave advice, hung Carvathon posters and
prepared and mailed invitations.
- the ACAD security staff - they
unlocked and relocked the Marion Nicholl Gallery many times so that I could
make sure that everying was set up properly and secure.
- Mark, Ron and Richard who work
in the Illingworth-Kerr Gallery at ACAD - they loaned my three of their
beautiful Sunday-best display cases and allowed me to put my pieces in
them. They carted the cases back and forth to the mall and opened them
temporarily so that the pieces could be removed for the 'Rite of Remembrance'.
- Kurt , the Jewellery and Metals
technician - he loaned me three of his best display cases for my show and
gave me much invaluable technical advice on the cleaning and patination
of some of the steel and brass artifacts in the show.
- Doug Wills, the ceramics department
technician - he knows that whenever he sees me in the hall I'm looking
for him to get advice, help or permission to stay late in the glaze room;
he's given me that advice, help and permission each and every time with
seemingly unalloyed pleasure [how does he do it?]
- my throwing teacher, Greg Payce
- his artistic and technical advice has been of great value in the making
of the objects for the show.
- Sally Barbier, another ceramics
teacher - she encouraged me to apply for the show and helped me get started
preparing for it.
- Gary Williams, yet another ceramics
teacher - he taught me my first ever ceramics course many years ago and
recently helped me organize my thoughts and present them as my thesis.
- Stefania Dumanowski - within her
second year drawing classes she taught me the process of integrated research
and advised me in the early days of my work
- Stuart Parker, he loaned me space
in the mall for my six display cases during the printmaking show.
- the second-year photography students
- they allowed me to continue the use of my mall space and four white wall-panels
during their tenure of the mall.
- Wright and Mike , the woodshop
technicians - they advised me on innumerable matters relating to the 22
wooden shelves in the show; they demonstrated many of the machines and
taught me enough so that I didn't injure myself among them.
- Gary and Stu, the technicians in
the audio-visual studio - they have advised me innumerable times on film,
lighting, photography and sound editing.
- the visiting ceramic artist, Arina
Alincia - she made many suggestions on technical and artistic matters especially
relating to installation work that helped me a lot in preparing the show
and solving various design difficulties I struggled with.
- Bruce Metcalf, visiting artist
- his encouragement and advice on the Rite lead me to involve the viewers
as participants to a great extent.