Riff & Riot exhibit roams from drawing to digital art

Katie Jones
A&E Reporter

Graduating Humber students from the Visual and Digital Arts Program will be showcasing their artwork at the Riff & Riot exhibition, which runs April 21 to May 7  at Humber North and Lakeshore campuses.

An interactive reception to offer people the opportunity to speak with the artists as they mingle over food and drinks, will be held April 23.

Colin Fringe is among the 50 graduating arts students.

He will be submitting two pieces that focus on equality and acceptance.

“I’m looking forward to the exhibition. As a student having a gallery exposition that you run yourself, you market and you try and sell, it’s an interesting opportunity to see how the real world works,” said Fringe.

Fringe said the program was intensive. He said the program focuses on both the traditional and digital mediums of art.

The process of organizing the event was challenging as well.

“Everything has been put together by the students. We’ve done all the marketing and media with a little help from our teacher, but mainly it is all student run,” Fringe said.

“Thirty to 50 students trying to work together and run everything smoothly can be a cumbersome task. But it has all come together and that’s what matters in the end,” said Fringe.

Noni Kaur, coordinator of Visual and Digital Arts, said the program teaches a diverse variety of different mediums, and these skills will be showcased at the exhibition.

“Some skills could be drawing, painting, illustration, digital art. Working in Photoshop, in Illustrator, Painter, the whole Adobe suite and mixed media,” she said.  The show will highlight “how they’re using mixed media to translate different ideas and come up with an artwork for a particular assignment,” said Kaur.

Brianne Whinfield is another graduating arts student who will be showcasing three separate pieces. She said her work includes a digital piece, a hanging ink piece and an ongoing book report.

The amount of hours put into her work is extensive.

“I am done the digital and hanging piece. Both of those took two to three weeks. The book is a continuing piece. I’ve probably spent 20 to 30 hours on it and will continue until it’s finished,” said Whinfield.

It is apparent the program has been widely enjoyed by students.

“It is very open to everyone’s skill level. As long as you come here to work, anyone can be quite successful,” said Whinfield.

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