Proud horror film geek and lover of every flavour of chips, Alison is a designer and illustrator working in Halifax. As head of the E3C steering committee, Alison is all about gathering creatives together and pushing people to do the most with their creative talent.
Location (DIFFERENT VENUE): The Local, 2037 Gottingen Street. We’ll be by the pool tables!
Kick-off summer days by mingling with other creative people in Halifax: designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, students, professionals and the creatively enthusiastic. If you’re artistically minded and looking to expand your social circles, we’re for you! Held in a relaxed, non-networking environment.
What can you do at E3C? Work on a project, sketch, write, chat, drink, eat and hang out. All artistic levels and interests welcomed. There will be 1 minute introductions at 7:30.
Special Guests: MacPhee Center For Creative Learning
The crew will be giving a 5 minute talk about how the Center empowers youth by connecting passion with purpose through the arts. http://macpheecentre.ca/our-story
It is time to bring along your favourite action figures, dolls, figurines, collectibles etc that inspire you! This is a great event to do reference drawings, talk about the things that inspire you or even play with them. We’re never too old to play with toys 😉
Come alone or bring a friend: all creative types and skill levels welcomed.
When: Wednesday, April 11, 7pm-close Where: The Foggy Goggle Pub Cost: $2.00
Anyone is welcome to come to the mic and talk about what they’ve achieved creatively. You’ll have one minute to talk about a personal project, a new technique you’ve learned, or anything else you’d like to share. Be inspired by others around you, and give yourself the pat on the back you (and your art) deserves! We know it can be hard to talk about achievements, but we want to lift you and your skills up, up up:
Show us artwork from a few years ago and now to see progress
Talk about a new tool/app/technique that you feel proud about
Share a moment of failure or success that you think others would benefit from
Stick in the crowd and cheer on those who get up to share their story!
Where: Volta Labs, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax (7th floor)
Cost: Free (but seating is limited)
Navigating taxes can be tough, especially when you’re working for yourself! What items do creatives forget to deduct? How do you even register to be a bonified business when starting up? What’s the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant? E3C is pleased to provide the guidance of Haley Mitchell of Upstart Consulting to help you steer the course.
In this engaging 1 hour presentation, Haley will help demystify some of the most common tax topics specific to the creative and start-up industries such as:
when to register for GST/HST
expenses and how to track them
information on registering your business name
the difference between being an employee and being self-employed
the role of a bookkeeper or accountant in helping you stay on top of it all
open Q & A for your specific questions
This talk is ideal for anyone currently freelancing, or considering starting their own business. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, so you can mingle with fellow attendees afterwards. It wouldn’t be an E3C event without it!
About the Presenter
Haley Mitchell is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper with over 10 years’ experience working in accounting and tax. Since opening her business, Upstart Consulting, she has focused on clients working in the creative market and start-ups.
On Friday, January 26th, E3C celebrated 6 years in the creative community with the first “Art Bash”. Held at the The Dart Gallery, this party entertained and fed over 40 people on a cold winter night. There was a group art show as well as the Draw Brawl: a live drawing competition with contestants competing for prizes.
Back by popular demand! We’re setting up a beautiful assortment of taxidermy for you to draw, photograph or just enjoy. To get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, the arrangement will have a romantic theme… somehow.
All skill levels of drawing and photography are welcomed to come and take in this magnificent sight. Not much of a drawer or photographer? No problem – you do not need to participate in the still life if you have other creative skills or passion. There will be lots of space to hang out, converse and enjoy the atmosphere. All creative types welcomed.
Have you attended an E3C Meetup in the last 6 years? We are looking to put together an exhibition to celebrate YOUR WORK at Dart Gallery for the night of our big party on Friday, January 26 until Thursday, February 11th. Sound interesting? Read on:
We would love to have one or two of your pieces that you feel *most proud of* creating. Fan art, original concepts, and recreations welcome. Works containing nudity are welcomed – submissions deemed offensive to gallery visitors may not be. Over sized submissions may not qualify due to wall space – be sure to tell us your work dimensions! There is no cohesive theme and works do not need to be new / recent. Any medium is welcome.
When: Friday, Jan. 26 Time: 6pm-Midnight (last ferry leaves Alderney Terminal for Halifax at 11:30pm) Where: The Dart Gallery, 127 Portland Street, Dartmouth (view on Google Maps)
What: Party to mingle + live art battle + group art show!
In celebration of 6 years in the creative community, we here at E3C wanted to do something a little different. With the fantastic support of The Dart Gallery, we’re pleased to offer a different party experience: free food, an awesome drawing battle AND a group art show! Phew!
This (as always) is a public event, open to past E3C attendees, Dart Gallery artists and the creative community at large! Mingle with designers, illustrators, animators, painters, drawers, doodlers, musicians, game developers, writers, actors *deep breath* you know… anyone with a creative leaning. Students, professionals and hobbiests. Everyone is welcome! Complementary nibbles will be available, made by Picnic at Dart Chef Allan (“Al”) McPherson. There is a bar so this event is 19+.
We’re looking for participants in the Draw Brawl – scroll down to learn more.
While the Art Bash is in full swing, various contestants will be duking it out artistically in front of party goers. Similar to Ink Wars or Art Battle, our Draw Brawl is all about having fun and rising to the challenge.
Contestants will be given (1) black marker, (1) pencil, and (1) sheet of 16×20 bristol. They will have 20 minutes to create a drawing based on a theme that will not be announced until the clock starts ticking. Rounds will take place throughout the night, allowing people to mix and mingle while you’re drawing up on our little stage at Picnic / Dart Gallery.
All skill levels / disciplines welcome. This is about having fun.
We know drawing on the spot can be scary – we’re not looking for art stars, just awesome people willing to try something new.
You are permitted to use ONLY the tools provided. No exceptions.
One winner will be chosen by the audience each round, so bring friends to support you!
Each winner will go head-to-head in a fourth and final round to win prizes.
Draw Battle Prizes
Aside from bragging rights, we have three prizes for the audience favourites:
3rd Prize: Gift Certificate to Dart Gallery
2nd Prize: Gift Certificate to DeSerres
1st Prize: $100 CASH (sweet, eh?)
Sound like something you want to participate in? Sign up below. Contestants will be selected based on number of entries and variety of style by the E3C Steering Committee members.
On Thursday, December 14, we gathered at The Foggy Goggle to celebrate our annual charity art drive event. Our mission: to gather as many new art supplies for the Grade 6 students at St Joseph McKay Elementary school.
Friends, you are AMAZING!
People came with armloads of stuff and we found our table (and hearts!) were full before the event even officially began at 7pm. Among some of the first to arrive was Calum Johnston of Strange Adventures Comics and Curiosities. He dropped of a tote bag chock-full of comics and learning guides for the kids. We also had anonymous cash donations; and the bag we purchased to store things in literally burst at the seams. We actually needed five bags (and a cab) to get it all home.
On Tuesday, December 19th, E3C steering members Liz Mac and Rob Cameron drove the goodies down to the school where they were received with much excitement by the staff and Principal. The supplies have gone directly to their art classes while the cash has been assigned to their Breakfast Program.
To everyone that made a donation, big or small, we sincerely thank you. To those who could not donate but sent words of love, we thank you. To those who missed this year, we’ll see you next year, and we thank you! You have ensured that at least one child will get the encouragement they need to build a lifelong love of art.
Here is a break down of what was donated/purchased:
50 x sketch books
2 x 96 pack crayons
30 x 24 pack crayons
25 x various marker packs
2 x 100 pack coloured pencils
19 x various coloured pencil packs
8 x various drawing pens
3 x conte packs
1 x watercolour painting set
1 x acrylic painting set
1 x paint pallet
10 x various paint brushes
2 x colouring books
1 x etching set
4 x stacks of coloured paper
26 x various books on comics/art/illustration
An assortment of various office/craft supplies (glue sticks, pencils, pens, erasers, etc)
$100 cash donation ($410 total donations, ~300 used on extra supplies and more art books)
Date: Thurs, Dec 14 Time: 7pm-late Location: The Foggy Goggle Pub
With the longer nights and colder temperatures, it’s about time we all got together for some good food and good times, eh?
For a *FOURTH* year we shall be collecting donations for St Joseph A McKay school in North end Halifax! This school services a small community of less-advantaged children. We want to make this year’s the largest before we shift to a new donation target next year!
This year we are sponsoring the school’s Grade 6 classes specifically. That means we are looking for:
“How to draw..” books
Whatever YOU wish you had when you were 11 and just getting excited about creating!
You can read about our 2014 and 2015 drives as well (we were having so much fun last year we forgot to write about it!).