James Nye at The Accelerator Centre

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Art Allies teamed up with The Accelerator Centre and The Communitech Hub to rotate work from local artists through those venues on a regular basis and this afternoon kicked that off with the fabulous work of my good friend James Nye at Accelerator.  The inaugural tour has been generously sponsored by Ernst & Young.  And going one step further, Accelerator and The Hub are going to be purchasing a painting per quarter to support local arts. 

Right on!

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In from the chilly north campus…

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To the more hospitable inside with James (right).

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Looks like I’m not the only one covering this event.

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Hey, this is new.  This piece is killer.  I think someone bought this before we wrapped up.  Alison De Muy, was that you?

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Close-up from the boardroom painting shown at top.

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Lewis tries out as Chairman

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I first met James last year at a kwartzlab event, which led to a visit to his studio open house, which led to hanging his work at the lab, and another studio open house.  It’s great how these things snowball.

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Meta-photography.  It’s likely this guy did better with the flash, but I’m not there yet.

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Big pieces.

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Small pieces.

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Checking in with another of my favourite artists on a work in progress.

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Pieces in multiple rooms.

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This hits you right inside the door…

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and before the infinite corridor.

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This is my kind of gig: guerrilla art display.

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Jacqui Murphy, the driving force behind Art Allies, pow-wows with Andrew Jackson (Manager, Client Programs at The AC)

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Trading tips with Lewis on fabricating your own stretchers.

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The after work crowd started to come in.

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Amid the work.

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Jacqui and Lewis laughing it up.

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Greg McCauley (left) with his crew from Ernst & Young with James (centre).  Big thanks to you.

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Jacqui and Dave White, my brother from the very same mother.

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Tim Ellis (COO, AC) centre with Greg McCauley (E&Y) at right.

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Soaking up the work.

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Hey, there’s Brock Hart (2nd from right) of MFX Partners.  MFX was announced as sponsoring the next artist!

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Andrew Abouchar (Tech Capital Partners), Tim Ellis, and Andrew Jackson.

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More chatting.

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Snacks!

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Andrew Jackson, our emcee.

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Jacqui gave a good pitch on the Art Allies mission.  She must have practised this at The Record this morning where she got the nod for community contribution in the 40-under-40 crew.  Congrats Jacqui!

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Time for…

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James to say a few words about the work.

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Greg McCauley of Ernst & Young described what an easy decision it was to support such a great cause as this.

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James is a full-blown, 100% working artist.  He paints full-time.

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The Accelerator Centre purchased this piece from James called “The Awning”.

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Ok, so Jacqui is always making crazy eyes and wild hands when I’m shooting pics, so I think this pose is directed at me.  Note how James and Lewis are unperturbed.

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Great show, guys.

Happy making,

DW

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5 Responses to James Nye at The Accelerator Centre

  1. Great post Darin — again!

    And thank you for introducing me to James. He truly is a fantastic artist (and person).

    Jacqui.

    • dw says:

      You’re very welcome, Jacqui. When you first described the Art Allies concept to me over coffee at Mambella’s, I immediately thought of James. Happy to make that connection.

      DW

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  3. wendy nye says:

    looks like a wonderful evening.sorry i missed it.

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