Smolt Artists Program

SMOLT (Still Moon Opportunities for Luminary Transformations) is a pilot project supporting young emerging artists in Renfrew-Collingwood with mentorship, resources, and studio space to create lanterns/illuminated art pieces to showcase during the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival’s Streamside Lantern Installation event.

 

Mentors

Augusta Lutynski

Augusta Lutynski completed her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at Emily Carr University and has a background in textiles and traditional shoemaking. Her design practice focuses on social practice, presence, and responsive making; often situating her work in public space and designing shared experiences. Since graduating she has worked as a clothing designer and pattern drafter, worked with the Vancouver School Board as an artist and designer in residence, and is currently teaching high school art and craft.

Nathaniel Marchand

Nathaniel Marchand is a multi-disciplinary artist, songwriter and educator whose artistic practice involves exploring relationships to the land, ethnobotany and natural materials. An advocate for community and creativity, he has facilitated a variety of intergenerational and cross collaborative programs and has assisted in the coordination and presentation of several festivals and symposiums. He holds a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Yukon School of Visual Arts and a B.A in Communications from Concordia University and has continued to develop new skills in creative leadership roles. Nathaniel was Program Lead for Digital Creator North, an initiative designed to equip youth with safe space to creatively explore digital technologies in remote and rural communities in Northern Ontario. Currently, Nathaniel does residency and community engagement coordination for several arts organizations in the Lower Mainland. When not working, he is eagerly exploring the vibrant community and lush natural landscapes of his new home province.

Kathryn Wadel

Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary artist living on the Katzie First Nation and the Kwantlen First Nations territory, in BC. She graduated with a BFA degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Kathryn combines traditional with digital media and fosters community engagement to explore contemporary relationships between art, culture, science and social practice. She utilizes light as a sculptural medium by experimenting with the plasticity of light and it’s interactions with matter and space in her light-based installations. Kathryn’s work has been featured in various exhibitions and festivals including: the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Quantum Futures at the Museum of Anthropology, LOoW and Invasive Systems at VIVO Media Arts.

As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn teaches in-person and online art and workshops. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play.

Mentees

Kate Dirks

Kate Dirks is a recent high school graduate and a member of the SMOLT program. She enjoys drawing, painting, and digital art, and is excited to broaden her artistic skills and learn from experienced artists through SMOLT. Having admired the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival in past years, Kate is looking forward to contributing to this year’s lantern display. Aside from art, Kate spends her free time watching movies, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Summer Tyance

Summer Tyance is a Anishinaabekwe with Ukrainian ancestry from Gull Bay First Nation but was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is currently a university student, poet, singer, traditional fancy shawl dancer, drummer, and artist. She has been painting since she was sixteen, mainly landscapes and Anishinaabe Woodlands with acrylic. Summer also has taken up beadwork within the last four years. This lantern installation will be their first time working with light, unique textures, and structure.

Fruin Pow

Fruin Pow (He/They) is an Autistic and Trans artist/musician, raised on the northern territories of the Wet’suwet’en peoples. He is currently completing a B.Sc while being an active member of the UBC Big Band. From being a youth leader at Into the Current (2016), coordinator for Smither Youth Guitar Camp (2018 – current), painting murals on UBC campus (2020), to performing at Kispiox Music Festival (2016, 2018), Fruin is always thrilled to be involved with the arts community which he is closest to. He has a fervent fascination with puppetry, and hopes to build puppets of all mediums in his artistic future.

Hân Phạm

Hân Phạm is an emerging Vietnamese documentary/ experimental filmmaker and artist from Saigon, Vietnam. Working with experimental haptic video and film, photography, and soundscape compositions, her works often thinks through the ephemerality of memory, language, and history in relation to the constantly changing and dislocated landscapes, rooting in the inbetweeness of distance as space for reflection. Hân has exhibited at Vancouver International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Small File Film Festival, and Vines Arts Festival, as well as presenting her work in a public installation with Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen in 2020-2021.

Marisa (Marz) Peterson

Marisa (Marz) Peterson is a contemporary artist mostly known for creating illustrations revolving around emotional trauma and interpersonal relationships.

The piece they’ve created within the SMOLT program, through the Still Moon Arts Society takes a more fervent approach to unity from under our skies.

They will continue to explore with new materials within their work while living on the unceded territory of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.