24-Hour Art Marathon Q&As


Illustration by Kiki Tohmé

On Saturday, August 22 over 100 artists will be setting up work stations in and around Eastern Edge Gallery to create a piece of art in 24 hours which will later be auctioned to the highest bidder. Half the proceeds go to the gallery, and half to the artist.

So how does one keep making art for 24 hours? What are some memorable experiences from years passed? We asked participating artists advice on not only how to survive, but how to thrive at this year’s highly anticipated 24HAM 2009.


Jonathan Kennedy

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’m gonna be working on some weird-ass digital collage type stuff. I’m hoping to pump out four or five, but who knows?

Why are you participating?
I’ve been meaning to participate for the last few years but I never ever bothered. (I blame work and laziness, mostly.) This year I thought to myself “Dammit, you are doing it this year.” Seems like a fun event.

What’s your survival plan?
I’m a university student, staying up all night working on stuff is second nature.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
This will actually be my first time. Please be gentle.


Deborah Jackman

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
well this year i plan to create some acrylic and or watercolour works based on sketches i’ve done over the last year … i’m hoping to get three painting done … I like the concepts i’ve come up with and really look forward to recreating them on a larger scale in the buzzing busyness of the 24HAM space.

I am hosting a section of evening performances as well as performing Vocal Improvisation/and Dance during the evening performances with Drummer Daniel Murphy. I will perform a duet of Vocal Improvisation with Craig Squires on Saxaphone during the Soapbox .Plus, i will model with other women wearing Cara Winsor -Hehir’s Fashions at the Anna templeton Centre.

Why are you participating?
WHY IN THE FUCK NOT !! HA HA HA !! no really what an opportunuty to work and share space with other artists working in insurmountable mediums and watching the wonderful, excellent and supurb chaos , delirum and mayham unfold right before your eyes… and turn it into some hot fucken art!! not to mention Eastern Edge , the bestest ever contemporary Artist Run gallery off all time … and i do not digress here! it’s true ! ask around !

What’s your survival plan?
speed, high energy drinks .. (just kidding ….) ha ha ha , eat well , play music , soak up the buzz and energy of the other artists’ …. smile alot, laugh even more and bring chocolate ….

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
As far as entering the Marathon i think some years ago i was a part of it …but last year i really got into it and wondered why it took me so long to GET WITHTHE FRIGGIN PROGRAM!” I’m ADDICTED NOW!


Adam Clarke

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I am working on a comic called “Robot Heartbreak & Other Stories”. It will be a mixture of short comic strips that will depict everything from modern folklore (like every “true story” that happened at the Spur) to Adam Sandler running for president. I may throw in some written short stories, too, if it suits the project.

Why are you participating?
Because the world needs love. And by love, I mean cartoons that look like they were drawn by an autistic child with no hands.

What’s your survival plan?
Gluing my eyelids open, having limitless paper and ink, drinking 40 gallons of coffee and playing Chris De Burgh’s “Don’t Pay The Ferryman” on a loop til my MP3 player dies.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
Writing and drawing “Glenn ‘n’ Karl: RNCBC” last year with Curtis Kilfoy. Between the ridiculous stream-of-consciousness atmosphere of being surrounded by friends, strangers, fellow artists and endless streams of coffee, as well as the attention the comic got, it was fantastic.


Mark Adams

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
This year, I plan on making some prints using Intaligo and Relief printmaking methods. I would like to work quite hard on an elaborate, multi-layer and large relief print, while scratching away on metal plates for smaller intaglio prints.

Why are you participating?
Mainly because i’ll have the time off to travel there to do it. I’ve always admired the event as it brings so much art and so many artists together. I also haven’t done any printmaking in months, so it will be good get back to it with some help from Eastern Edge.

What’s your survival plan?
Coffee…lots of it. haha, being up late and working on art is nothing new for me. i’m entering my fourth year at SWGC’s Visual Arts program and being up late at night doing project work is typical, especially in print. I can usually be in the print shop for 8 hours or more running around and working with most of the stuff i do.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
Actually, I don’t have any moments yet. this is my first Marathon and just by default, this will be a memorable one, for sure. I am really looking forward to it!


Andrea Vincent

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
The majority of the time I will be embroidering with human hair on wood veneer. But to mix it up a little (and to save my eyes) I will also crochet small sculptural pieces using fishing line.

Why are you participating?
The timing feels right. Last summer’s marathon was the first I’d missed since I started volunteering a good few years ago, and I swore I wouldn’t miss another. I arranged my trip home to St. John’s so that I could be there and decided it is a good time to participate.

What’s your survival plan?
Many cups of coffee with cardamom and cinnamon mixed in. And many cups of steeped ginger and mint to sooth the stomach ache I will likely have from all the coffee.

What was your first experience with the Marathon?
Ohh! my first experience with the marathon is a favorite memory of mine.

It was my first time staying all night as a volunteer, my first time getting into the Ship and it was my first time in the thick of an art community in St. John’s. We spent the night working the gallery door. When our breaks came we’d run up the road and into the ship to watch the coast guard play, and then back down to the gallery to work on the door again. I’m sure that was the night I decided I could and should be an artist, or at least involved in the arts.


Soren Sigurdsson

I will be working on some screen printing projects, mainly involving clothing.

This city is fortunate to have a large, active arts community for those who like to create, or observe. A marathon (or festival as it has become in recent years) is something , I feel, everyone should get involved in. Art lacks in so many peoples lives, and i hand over my heart think, most want to get their hands dirty, or feel they want to do more creative things, but simply cannot find the time. Here it is!

As a game plan coffee, cigarettes, good conversation, and stimulation from others ideas and works will be enough to get me through the fun-filled 24-hours.

This will be my first time participating, but with all that is planned, how could I say no?


Darcy Fitzpatrick (Photo by Mark Bennett)

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be doing my best to provide live-blog coverage of the 24HAM via Signal, the St. John’s blog, taking photos, shooting video and mashing into words the spectacle as it happens.

Why are you participating?
The 24HAM is THE event of the St. John’s micro Summer. It’s like an eruption of creative energy concentrated into the smallest possible space, all in the time it takes the Earth to give itself a wee lil’ spin. I want to give anyone who can’t be there a glimpse into what that looks like and possibly even feels like. And I expect to have jugs of fun doing so.

What’s your survival plan?
Is coffee a plan?

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
Back when computers fast enough (I use that term loosely) for video editing only came in big and bulky grey boxes, I lugged mine and its equally bulky CRT monitor down to Eastern Edge along with this relatively new piece of technology called a miniDV camcorder. The plan was to muck around, look like I knew what I was doing, and basically just see what this crazy-sounding art thing was all about. It was a much smaller-scale event back then, maybe a couple dozen artists, but it blew my little mind. The equipment I’m bringing this year has shrank in size considerably, and the amount of people participating has definitely grown, but the spirit of the event has remained consistent – a spirit I would summarize with one word: turbotrontastic9000.


Brittany Traverse

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’m planning on doing smaller drawings (with maybe a little painting or collage) of people and typewriters and the little things in my bedroom that I see every morning when I wake up. Small art inspired by small amounts of tedium.

Why are you participating?
The marathon is fun! I make art, but I’ve never participated as an artist in the marathon. Two years ago I donated an already finished piece to the live auction and it sold. I guess it gave me the confidence boost I needed to actually take part this year.

What’s your survival plan?
As Twisted Sister suggests, “stay hungry.”

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
I volunteered doing door or a merch table when I was either 13 or 14 (2003 or 2004). I have been volunteering fairly regularly since, and worked at the EE during the marathon two years ago.


Tracie Boudreault

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I plan on doing some acrylic paintings. I paint trees and I have stocked up on Canvas and can’t wait to have paint up to my elbows! I plan on doing quite a few! Who knows what the wee hours of the morning will get out of me!

Why are you participating?
I love to paint and I think this is an excellent opportunity to get some of my work out there for others to see. Plus I just think its cool to just paint for 24 hours straight.

What’s your survival plan?
I am brining a friend! She will be my moral support and hopefully she will tickle me when I start to fall asleep! And I will do the same for her of course ;)

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I didn’t even know the marathon existed until about 2 months ago! So I guess my most memorable marathon moment would be the night I found out it existed! I have been pumped for it ever since! Woot! 16 days!!!


Charlotte Morgan

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?

This year I will be painting images of imaginary and real creatures onto wood. very similar to the fairies, gnomes, and birds I was painting last year, only this year my pieces will be more fairy tale themed.

Why are you participating?
I think its important to support artist run centers. its also good exposure and lets people in the community see my work as well as my process of making it and its really fun!

What’s your survival plan?
I figure I’ll be good until about 2am, then after that, caffeine, lots of it!

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
This will be my third year participating in the marathon, the first year I made purses with Kyla Collins.


Trudy Marshall

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I will be working with a loosely knit group of people called the Panshard Collective. We work together to promote artistic expression from a cross-disability perspective. Last year we glued pieces of panshard or found glass on plexiglass to reflex movement of our culture- namely, creatures from the sea. This year we will be working with panshard, other found objects and words of unwisdom on sheets of glass. We will also attempt to create a more accessible form of strip weaving with used cotton. Members will also work on individual pieces that reflect their access to art.

What’s your survival plan?
Some of us cannot sit for long and may not have the stamina to do 24 hours so we are sharing the load. We are doing the 24 HAM in shifts.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
Coming in on Sunday morning last year and looking at the work that my partners had completed at night. The piece gained movement and went outside the square. Thank you night shift.

Cathia Finkel

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’m planning to work on two things – One is an embroidery piece of a rooster the other work will be a painting.

Why are you participating?
I find the Art Marathon on of the most enjoyable events of the year. It is always a pleasure to be among other artists seeing their work evolve over a 24 hour period. The camaraderie and spirit of this unique event is both inclusive and dynamic.

I am always pleased where I can offer any of my support to the Eastern Edge and their pursuits.

What’s your survival plan?
Lots of good coffee, friendly banter and watching my son create a thoughtful and engaged art work. (He has been a participant for the past 2 year),

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I have been attending the Art Marathon for about 8 years. My first experience was when I was on the board of Eastern Edge.

Here it is – Please feel free to correct my spelling mistakes if I have missed them – Also let me know if this is O.K. Cheers Cathia Finkel


Anita Singh

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I will be working upstairs at St. Michael’s Printshop creating artworks using a variety of printmaking techniques.

I plan to so some layering with my images; working with monotype, photocopy litho transfer and possibly etching and/or relief.

My subject matter might be combinations of landscape, bones and patterns, textures, shapes and colors found inside the human body.

Why are you participating?
Eastern Edge gallery is one of the most important organizations in St. John’s for artist and people interested in the arts.

The 24 hour marathon is best community multi-fun party, i meet new people, hang out with friends, i can show others how i work and get to see how others make art etc..

What’s your survival plan?
get a sleepover babysitter, coffee and a flask of whiskey

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
2001 was my first experience… i didn’t make art that year. i was giddy by my now husband who was making art.


Christina Dicks

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be working on a summer series of mixed media paintings, all with an underlying theme of natural and organic vs. urban and sharp. There will be lots of vibrant colors and interesting materials involved for sure.

Why are you participating?
Mostly for the challenge. To see what I can come up with in 24 hrs. To make art with friends and just to be in a room filled with great creative people. Also to support the Gallery. Eastern Edge gives so much to the Arts community so I think it’s definitely a worthwhile cause.

What’s your survival plan?
I’ll be sure to try and stay in a creative mindset all night long… along with so much caffeine, laughter, and pure adrenaline.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
Last summer was my first experience, not as a participant, I just stopped by with a friend who thought I would enjoy it. It was very late night and things were a little hazy, but I do remember saying to myself ‘This is awesome. I want to do this!’ This year I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the planning committee, participate and volunteer.


Michael Roche

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
Acrylic on canvas my theme will be “newborn” i will be exploring the nature of life, if you want more you will just have to come watch!

Why are you participating?
I like the challenge of creating a completed painting in a single sitting. It requires planning and really tests my skills and endurance.

What’s your survival plan?
A mix of Artistic inspiration coffee and sugar!

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I would have to say watching the artist work who brought his forge and anvil to the show.


Will Gill

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I will be working on a small series of paintings on wood panel. I am going to work spontaneously with acrylic paint, collaged elements and maybe chalk pastel.

Why are you participating?
Because it’s turned into the most anticipated and exciting art event of the year! I love it. I feel a strong bond to the whole thing because I was on the board at Eastern Edge in 1989 when we came up with the idea for an event that focused on making art, music, writing etc etc for 24 hours straight. It has certainly grown since then thanks to the efforts of dedicated marathon coordinators and Michelle Bush. I remember the rush and ultimate exhaustion of working for 24 hours the first year. Its pretty addictive, you do it once, swear you’ll never do it again because you’re so wiped, then can’t wait for the next one to happen the following year.

What’s your survival plan?
The truth is for the past few years I have been a measly spotlight artist (3 hour creation period as opposed to 24) There’s no glory in it, like being a full marathon artist, but you get to make stuff, then walk around for hours, and see what other people are doing and take in some of the music. For me, that’s the excitement. Plus, I have a wife and three year old, it would just be too insane to do the full marathon.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
There are lots.

Mike Hickey and Cyril Butler have come up with some memorable (to say the least) late night performances over the years.

The weiner shaman is a world renouned clairvoyant not to be missed.

But memorable in terms of stupidity would have to be the year I tried to carve a big piece of wood throughout the night with a tool called a lancelot, which is essentially a chainsaw blade attached to an angle grinder. I somehow managed to get through the event without losing too much blood. Not a recommended marathon tool.

The best thing though is seeing the look of relief, pride and thorough exhaustion on the marathoners faces Sunday at 12 noon.


Darren Ball

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be working on a large 18″ by 24″ inch monochrome piece.

Why are you participating?
Mostly to see the incredible work people come up with, and to hang with the other artists.

What’s your survival plan?
Tea, lots of Orange Pekoe Tea, and possibly a few doughnut or Bagel runs.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
during the summer of 2006, i stumbled across a flier for the marathon, not being as into the arts community as I’d like to, i resolved to sign up, and did so.


Patrick Canning

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
A pretty big painting. I have a 4′ by 5′ surface prepared for the marathon and it’s been four years or so since I’ve worked quite that large. I use only the cheapest dollar store craft paints and brushes. This year I think I’m gonna experiment with some fun pattern rollers I found and I think this years painting will be more amorphous/organic then the previous years which were more geometric. But nothing is composed beforehand.

Why are you participating?
It’s always the highlight of year for me. It’s a blast to get to be creative and socialize in that kind of environment. It’s a great place to meet people and there is always something interesting on the go.

What’s your survival plan?
Get as much done as possible in the afternoon before the bands start playing. Art Marathons ain’t nothing without dancing. If I can get it 60% done by 7pm then I should probably be good and done by 5am without feeling like I’ve missed to many exciting things.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I think anybody who saw Mikiki’s late night performance with the champagne bottle several years ago will never forget that even if they tried really hard. That and Vampires of Love’s “Sexyback” from three years ago, for the same reasons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaiJhOZ9N58


Answers by Daniel Miller

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
Amnesty International volunteers from every corner of St. John’s will be coming together to make the Amnesty International Art Project happen.

Volunteers will will be writing letters at a small booth continuously over a 24 hour period. As we finish our letters we will place them into a collage. We will aim to write 5 letters an hour and have 120 in the collage. Once the 24 hours is over, the collage will be photographed, disassembled and the letters will be mailed.

Why are you participating?
No one questions that writing is an art. Is letter writing an art? We think so. The great thing about this project is that it marries the public importance of human rights advocacy with the private joy of artistic creation. Also, this is an incredible way for Amnesty’s volunteers to connect with the community and vice-versa.

What’s your survival plan?
Team spirit, volunteer cooperation, and inspiration from over seas human rights workers who we are writing for.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
This year is our first year. Of course, a number of our volunteers have been attended before: that is why we put this project together. We cannot wait to be inspired by the HAMmy atmosphere. Hopefully we can inspire some others too.

Dolores Bedingfield

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I think I’ll paint something to do with the sea. I’m interested in the effects of light.

Why are you participating?
I’m participating because it sounds like fun and I want to meet other artists.

What’s your survival plan?
Survival to reach goal: use acrylics for underpaint and keep going until tired; sleep a few hours, then back at it until closing.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
First time participant.


Neddal Ayad

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
Good question. It will be partially participatory, involve Rorschach blots, and much black paint and india ink will be used.

Why are you participating?
Why not?

What’s your survival plan?
If we were in the U.S. my survival plan would consist of Mountain Dew (my preferred caffeine delivery system) and Marlboros, but we’re not so I’m going to have to tough it out. Like Survivorman.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
My most memorable moment isn’t really printable, but it involved (stage) blood and metal. But not in that order.


Steve Topping

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I plan on producing a series of simple drawings of construction projects I have built.

Why are you participating?
I am participating in the 24 HAM in the spirit of benevolence with my community.

What’s your survival plan?
Eat every 3-4 hours and drink as much or more water than beer.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
You don’t want to know… ask me in private sometime (a rather dark tale)

Lets say it is when I planned and built, with the help of Kym Greeley, an outdoor tarp shed roof the size of a tennis court….. we had to take it down in winds of 70kph without dying or killing anyone else.


Ginok Song

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
Working from charcoal figure drawings I’ll use the impasto technique to quickly lay down on canvas an impression of my subject matter. My subject matter could range anywhere from still life to scenery but usually involves the human figure. At this juncture in the process I’ll then begin a technique called Decalcomania. This is a mono print process were the original painting is pressed onto another canvas to create a one of a kind print when carefully removed. After that process I could be left with two creations depending on how it turns out, the original painting and the newly created mono print. I believe this kind of method is ideally suited for an art marathon. It’s exciting, fast and tends to encourage the creative juices to flow.

Why are you participating?
I am a member of the Eastern Edge Gallery for over five years now and I’ll do what ever I can to help support such a wonderful facility. We are very fortunate here in St. John’s to have an artist run gallery that any artist can avail of.

What’s your survival plan?
My survival plan will consist of having enough materials so I won’t run out like I did last year also having lots of coffee and depending on my fellow artist to keep me engaged in good conversation and inspiration.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This is my third year participating in the Eastern Edge 24 art marathon, each year they get bigger and more exciting so I am really looking forward to this year.


Clouston Glass Designs: Douglas Clouston and Jane Bonia

What exactly will you both be working on at the Marathon this year?
We will be creating as much glass and jewellery as we can in 24 hours.

Why are you participating?
Well, other then the free meals and snacks given out to participants, its a good opportunity to meet other St. John’s artists who may be up for a collaboration in the future, and it’s a good way to get our names and jewellery out there.

What’s your survival plan?
“Kick em’ where it hurts” ….. or I guess really just try with all our might to stay awake.

When was your first experiences with the Marathon?
Jane took part in the marathon last year under the group JaM Jewellery. As for Douglas, he will be losing his marathon virginity this year, he has never participated in the 24 Hour Art Marathon before!


Marie-José Williams

This is my first time doing this marathon and I am doing it out of curiosity but also because I thought it would be an interesting experience… something different to do as well as an opportunity to meet new people.

I am hoping to be working on my next painting in a series called “the little fisherman”. It will be an acrylic painting.

I will probably be there for only 2-3 hours.


Peggy Tremblett

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I don’t usually have a plan, I just go and sit until something ends up on the canvas. It almost always ends up being ugly girls with attitudes.

Why are you participating?
I’ve done the marathon for a bunch of years now and I am always so inspired to be there, watching other people create. It’s a great opportunity to get your work noticed, and to find new art and artists to fall in love with, plus it’s a wonderful fundraiser for the gallery. I admittedly get a bit distracted at the marathon each year, always caught up in watching Charlotte Morgan paint those tiny creatures, or Patrick Canning cover a canvas in something beautiful, so it takes me a while to be able to sit down and create. But being inspired is always a wonderful thing.

What’s your survival plan?
I rarely ever last the full 24 hours. I feel old and worn out after about 19 hours and always finish up and go home for a nap. It’s a 19 HAM for me. Perhaps I will try to stay and work the entire 24 hours this time. So..my survival plan is to drink lots of tea and listen to something loud on my headphones when I start to get sleepy…perhaps some Slayer?

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
Being an isosceles triangle last year.


Tim Pottle

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
Not entirely sure, been doing a few thumbnail sketches so I dont go down there with nothing in mind. Been a few coat hangers in the drawings, so maybe something about abortions. Hopefully it will be eyecatchingly offensive. (maybe paint something in the vein of a hind quarter of moose, hanging in ashed, tied up with a piece of that yellow plasticy rope that has a tendency to fray, and sometimes the frayed pieces can be a bit scrotty on the hands. or abortion…)

Why are you participating?
Meant to do so the last two years, but due to being out of town with work I wasnt able to. Also heard that it was good times down there.

What’s your survival plan?
Alcohol, cigarettes, and whatever else I get my hands on. Also some motivation may come from other artists. If I see them finishing a piece within a day, I will keep at mine.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This will be my first, so hopefully make a few this time.


Anna Felaxos

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
This year I am working on a piece about the state of exception: What does it mean to be accepted, tolerated, and celebrated as an exception to social and moral rules of the everyday? I have no children, no homeland, and a susceptibility to shock, thus my longing for stability never catches up with my reputation as an exceptional person. The categories of fulfillment never fit with my aspirations, and I seem fated to fail –and fail well. My performance this year will not attempt to shock, though this seems an inevitable outcome in the state of exception.

Why are you participating?
I am participating in the marathon this year to show my support for the event and to ensure that there is something for everyone who chooses to attend. Some people will show up for beautiful oil painting. Others will come to see sculpture and textile work. And still others will come for the fish, the flags, and the fury.

What’s your survival plan?
I plan to survive the marathon by pacing myself. There’s no sense in spreading yourself thin unless you have enough goods to party around the clock. I plan to drink plenty of water, have a few Tic Tacs, and become more angelic with every hour.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
The first time I participated in the marathon was many moons ago when I had my First Communion at the gallery. It was a chaotic endeavour, which involved a hamburger, a can of Coke, and a bloody mess. I have very fond memories of other artists and their work over the years. In addition to creating funky haircuts, telling salami fortunes, and constructing paper lanterns, marathon artists have inspired all those who have attended over the years. I toast them all with a glass of champagne for allowing us to see the world through a glass, darkly.


Darren Whalen

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I will be painting a large scale portrait of the deceased front man of the highly influential new wave band Joy Division. I have been fascinated by the true rock story of Ian Curtis and the music of Joy Division since seeing the film Control.

A soundtrack of non-stop Joy Division will be played on site as a companion to my painting performance. To create what will hopefully be an inspired image I will feed off the vibe and mood of the music and draw on any nervous energy I might have. I will paint using acrylics mixed with water and medium as it will dry quickly and enable me to create layered effects in a relatively short amount of time. I intend to really loosen up and enjoy the process.

Why are you participating?
For years I have shown my support for the 24 HAM by attending, but I have never actually participated until now. I have been somewhat reluctant in the past to put myself out there. However being the withdrawn artist can get so very boring.

What’s your survival plan?
I am going to depend on drugs and alcohol to keep me going all day and all night long. No, but seriously . . . I have put some thought into this and here is the plan: For starters I will go into the event well rested. For the first time at a 24 HAM there will be a paint brush in my hand, and not a drink. I will also avoid heavy meals as it would only make me groggy. Rather, I will eat healthy light snacks and lunches throughout the event to keep my blood sugars and energy up. Frequently I will take breaks from my own project to float around, mingle with the other arties and feed off their energy. I think caffeine loaded energy drinks are crap and art supposedly inspired by altered states of consciousness is a bit of a farce.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
I don’t have any real vivid memories or interesting stories to tell about my first experiences with the 24 HAM. Previous years I would show up in the evening, have a few drinks, say hi to a few friends, and take in some music and art. Being a non-participating artist always meant I would get the, “why aren’t you participating?” all night from my art buddies. I was contented just to see what everyone else was up to.


Michael Collins

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I am going to write. No editing, not overly concerned with coherence. Ideally an experimental novella of great daring will be the end result. I am aware it may instead end up being 17,000 words of rambling nonsense.

Why are you participating?
Deep-seated sense of self-loathing. Jokes! No really, the real reason is my longer fiction projects are always too grandiose, over-thought and large. They collapse under their own weight. I want to see what’ll happen if I force myself down an alternate root. I always work best in last minute panic. I figure this will be like 1440 last minutes!

What’s your survival plan?
I plan to rest my wrists and my eyes for 15 minutes out of every hour. I’m going to pace myself on the caffeine. I’m going to close my eyes and think of England.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I hung around in the parking lot for an hour last year with a guy from the Netherlands (it was his first time here). A friend of mine took out some african drum or other, sat on the asphalt and and sort of spaced out while playing. It is not a particularly interesting or funny memory but it is my only one.


Ricky King

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I have been filling up pages with these little random doodles for years. People always seem to enjoy them but really seem amazed at how fast I can produce them. This year I plan to test my abilities by filling a full sketch book with these spontaneous drawings. Expect to see lots of cocky birds and beavers.

Why are you participating?
It seems like a good way to meet people and especially meet other local artists. It’s also nice because it’s time that you can dedicate solely to art with few outside distractions which is importannt because I’m easily distracted.

What’s your survival plan?
I’m really going to try and avoid doing much drawing before the marathon. My main concern is keeping the work fresh from start to finish…. and hand cramping, that’s also a concern. I may have to become ambidextrous in the next week or suffer the consequences!

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
I’m not really a marathon guy so this is my first time, but when I saw the logo I thought “no ham can outrun me!”. (feel free to omit that one)

Sarah Hillock

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I haven’t decided exactly what I will be working on yet. Either a cow painting or something totaly new.

Why are you participating?
I’m participating as a challenge to myself. I am a totaly reclusive artist, I don’t even work well in a studio with one other person. So the challenge will be being able to concentrate in order to both create a work that can stand alone and also be a performer in the moment of creation.

What’s your survival plan?
I think headphones are going to be essential to my survival as well as a good supply of cookies.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
The marathon is full of firsts for me. I danced with Djolali for the first time publicly two years ago and I was so scared. Every performance after that was easier. This will be my first time performing a painting in public and I hope it will be the same.


Jillian Parsons

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
The work I’m going to do for the Marathon isn’t entirely planned out yet, so I can’t tell you exactly what I’ll be up to, but I’m likely going to be up to some of my old tricks involving grass seed, dirt, burlap, and a 1975 Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine.

Why are you participating?
The decision to participate this year was primarily fueled by my involvement with Stockpile, an artist collective based out of the Atlantic provinces that was founded by Mark Prier, Philip Robbins and myself. This is our second year for it and we thought that as part of our activities we would come out for the 24 HAM, so now it’s become a road trip of sorts with Phil and I bringing along artists Mark Adams and Jordan Bennett. Others from the collective wanted to join us but work commitments are keeping them home this time ’round, so I think we’ll try to be ambassadors of Stockpile. I’m pushing for emblazoned sashes, but I doubt my ability to convince the rest of team that it’s a good idea.

What’s your survival plan?
My survival plan is to channel the 4th year of my Visual Arts degree, since I made it through that a few years back. I still keep the fires burning with occasional all-nighters, now that I’m a bit older (and hopefully wiser), and I have Earl Grey Tea on my side. Surprisingly, I didn’t learn how to harness the power of caffeine until after I finished my degree, and since this isn’t the 24 Hour Art History Essay Writing Marathon, I think I’ll do ok.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This is my first time participating in the Marathon, but my first experience with it was last year when I attended the opening event featuring Annie Sprinkle.


Jaclyn Humphries

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I will be mainly experminenting with making jewelry out of used or broken musical instruments, I also plan on creating fabric jewelry and maybe some beaded jewlery. I like to switch it up.

Why are you participating?
I am participating because i want to get involved with the craft/art community in NL

What’s your survival plan?
Switching between differnt pieces that i will be creating to keep my brain wokin’ and lots of caffeen.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This will be my first expierence with the marathon!


Allen Wallbourne

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
At this years 24 Hour marathon I will be working on an embroidery piece I have had in the works for a while but been putting off. It is a 45 by 45 cm stretcher covered in a beautiful floral pattern featuring light pastels of purple, pink, yellow and blue. On the material I am insanely embroidering hundreds of bees pollinating the flowers.

Why are you participating?
This is my second year participating in the marathon and I am very excited for the return. A fellow Grenfell art student and close friend, Lisa Wakeham, is one of the co-coordinators of the marathon and I am glad to help her out in any way I can.

What’s your survival plan?
My survival plan is to steal all of the creative energy from the artists and use it to get me through the night, plus one or two coffees from Hava Java or course.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
My first experience with the marathon was last years wonderful line up of events. I was just returning from a distance education program and I heard about the event through other art students. I had to get involved and flicked together an emroidery that took me well over 24 hrs to do but im insane like that anyway.


Luca-Jean Kelly

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be doing mostly sketchwork and working with inks, though hopefully I’ll get around to finishing up some marker drawings.

Why are you participating?
I’m participating mostly out of interrest to see what it’s like and who I’ll meet. I’m not very involved with the arts culture here yet and I’m looking to change that.

What’s your survival plan?
Lots of caffiene and sugar.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This is my first art marathon, so we’ll see how it goes :)


Erica Norris

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be doing airbrush paintings, and maybe some other paintings depending on my mood. I have no specific plan, it usually just comes to me the week before or on the spot. I normally do a sea creature or animal painting early in the day since theres more families around, and move onto other things later in the day.

Why are you participating?
This is my 5th year doing the marathon; its become habit! Its a fun time, you get to meet lots of artists, creative people, and some great performers. Its good to get your name out there and try to find a market for your art. Also, its great that the gallery benefits from it too so they can keep up supporting the arts.

What’s your survival plan?
Usually I take a break for a late supper and head up to get some sushi, then as the night goes on take a few breaks to check out what everyone else is up to and see a few performances. Its always good as fewer and fewer people come to visit to have some good music to keep me going.

When was your first experience with the Marathon?
It was 5 years ago. I did digital art and was amazed that people actually bought my art! I was young and inexperienced and I’m not sure I had actually sold anything major at that point. Since then I’ve gone on to sell quite a few paintings and pick up some commissions, too.


Marie-Claude Thibodeau

It is my very first participation to the 24 Hour Art Marathon and I really don’t know what to expect. I see it like a new adventure. I would like to paint a sunset or sunrise but it is not decided yet. It is a great challenge for me because I am not sure to be able to make it, I need to acquire more self-confidence and this is my goal.


Ashley Neville

What exactly will you be working on at the Marathon this year?
I’ll be working on acrylic paintings. Probably mostly portraits and still lifes of objects.. maybe one or two abstract.

Why are you participating?
I’m participating because I’m an artist and this gives me a chance for some major inspiration and motivation….and it seems fun…. and i wanna see what everyone else is doing.

What’s your survival plan?
I’m not sure what my survival plan is.. I’ve never done this before so I don’t know what to expect. I imagine it will feel a little like being at art school… minus the not having time for a shower or eating. The 24 hr hour art marathon will probably be a lot more fun too. Maybe I’ll take my mp3 player for my sanity’s sake.

What’s your most memorable Marathon moment, if you have one?
This is my first experience with it. I’m not from St. John’s so I only really knew about it this year… should I be scared? :O

24 HOUR ART MARATHON SCHEDULE

Unless noted, all events happen at the Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive.

Friday 14 August at 8pm
1984 Kick Off Dance Party: DJs Will Gill, Pat Dunn, Rachel Harding, DJ Kerf, David Whitten; Performance by Alexis O’Hara (Mtl); Hosted by Cyril Butler, $10 with costume.

Saturday August 15
24 Hour Open DJ & Graffiti Jam: Showcasing rising DJ talent (12pm-12pm); Grafitti Jam with Monty Hall & friends (12pm-5pm).

Monday August 17

1pm-3pm
Richtig: Performance artist Elke Suhr expands upon road signs by her discussion of symbols, transforming their meaning beyond just relating to traffic.

7pm-9pm
Art School 101: Artists discuss their current work and receive critical feedback. All artists welcome to take part.

Tuesday August 18

10am-12pm
Zine Workshop (FEAST) See examples of various zines, make one as a group, and learn techniques to make your own. All ages.

12pm
FEAST Community BBQ

7pm
Soiree Francophone: Francophone artists speak about their current practices.

Wednesday August 19

10am-12pm
Living Lore (The Rooms) Explore stories and bring them to life using shadows, lights and colour. Build shadow puppets with Jason Sellers. All ages.

12pm
Planned Parenthood Community BBQ

7pm-8:30pm
Escape Video Screening: 15 videos curated by Keagan McFadden, circulated by Winnipeg’s VideoPool.

Thursday August 20

10am
Morning Meditation Workshop: Stretch with yoga meditation faciliatator Lynn MacCannell of the Lotus Centre. Free but bring a mat if possible.

12 pm
AIDS Community BBQ

2pm
Arts Grants Presentation and Q&A: Melinda Mollineaux, Program Officer Visual Arts Section of Canada Council answers questions about writing your grant.

7pm-10pm
Fancy Artist Talks: Gallery members present their artistic practice in 15 minutes while audience enjoy a fancy cocktail designed to match their work. Artists include Helen Gregory, Mary MacDonald, Alexis O’Hara, Steve Topping, Cyril Butler, Liz Solo & Iakov Afanassiev.

Friday August 21

11-1pm
Kiddie Video Dance Party: Come dance like robots, butterflies, helicopters, Nan, fairies, bugs, bees, bunnies, kites and windmills. Freaky lights, swirly videos and groovy tunes all over in time for afternoon naps.

12 pm
VANL CARFAC Community BBQ

Saturday August 22

Outdoor Soapbox Performances: Clown Picnic (12pm); Deborah Jackman (1pm); Neighbourhood Strays (2pm); Chad Pelley (3:30pm); Mike Heffernan (4pm); Weiner Shaman (6pm); Cyril Butler (10pm).

Music: Wayne Butler (5pm); Megan Morrison (5:45pm); Neil Conway (6pm); The Natural State (6:30pm); The Black Auks (7pm); The Domestics (7:30pm); Sherry Ryan & Joe Belly (8pm); Japan Batteries (8:30pm); Overlay (9:3pm); am/fm dreams (10:15pm); The Mudflowers (11pm); Diamond Minds (11:45pm); Anna Felaxus (12:45am); Ye-Yeti (1am); Kujo (2am); Worker (3am).

Floating Perfomances: Anna Templeton Fashion Show (3:30pm); Miniature Theatre (7pm); Planned Parenthood Dental Dam Condom Races (7:30pm); Mobile Clubbing moving headphoned dance party (8pm); Lantern Parade (9pm); Glow display; International Womens’ Film Festival personal looped screening.

12pm-12pm
24 Hour Art Marathon: Over 100 artists involved in non-stop art making madness in gallery space/ parking lot/ harbourside/ St Michael’s/ Wonderbolt plus children’s workshops during the day in the gallery, $4 day/$7 night.

Sunday August 23 from 12pm-3pm
Silent Auction: 24 HAM Marathon Artworks