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Jackie Alcock: Biography 2018

Jackie Sheppard Alcock Mixed Media Artist, BFA

Jackie was born in Corner Brook, NL. She was one of nine children and the only one who still lives in her hometown. Her father was a paper worker and would bring home newspaper for her to draw on. When her Dad told the other men that his young daughter liked to draw, the men glued the paper together and made covers from the mill wrap. These were Jackie’s first sketchbooks.
Jackie raised her family in Corner Brook and started a small window painting business that enabled her to go back to university and receive her BFA from SWGC. In the last 32 years she has painted about 3000 windows. Her business has allowed her to expand her art into other fields.
Jackie is interested in the process of making art and keeps trying new things. She loves collage and has had one of her collages hung in The Rooms. In 2008 she began rug hooking and has several hooked rugs shown in the international Rug Hooking Magazine. Her rug, The Change, was selected as the Canadian content with a six-page layout in the June 2012 issue of the magazine. In 2014, 2015and 2017 she had rugs acquired by the Rooms. In 2015 she created the Deer Lake Airport Public Piano for Arts NL.
She spent most of the last four years working on the Forget-Me-Not Project where she sewed or glued one Forget-me-not on to various surfaces one for every Newfoundlander who severed in WWI. This project will be featured as the Canadian Content for the Nov. 2018 issue of the Rug Hooking Magazine.
In Sept. 2016 she had "Colouring the Rock with Jackie" published by Flanker Press, that year she also self-published two children’s books, Thing-a-ma-jigs and An ABC Activity Book. Jackie is a constant creator and always has two or three project on the go at one time.

Dave sheppard
Dave Sheppard - Biography 2017

Combining animal heads on human bodies, my artwork is a metaphorical examination of what it is to be human. The Anthropomorphic figures draw a parallel between the animal world and the human world. This allows the themes and emotions expressed throughout my art to be understood universally rather than specifically. Much like an Aesop Fable or native legend, Crow and Fox are simply stand- ins for me, you, or anyone. With these characters in place I choose to explore the more difficult and challenging aspects of being human. Themes involving grief, loss, fear, mental disorders, phobias and anxieties are but a few of many emotional and cognitive experiences that 
we all as humans deal with at some point in, or throughout, our lives.

Dave Sheppard was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and moved to Bishop's Falls Newfoundland at the age of five. He graduated from the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2001, where he subsequently held two artist residencies. Dave was nominated for emerging artist of the year, and designed the Bishop's Falls municipal town flag in 2000. Sheppard has exhibited his work in Canada, the United States, and Luxembourg. He has been awarded the Don Wright scholarship at St. Michael's Printshop (2001) as well as a provincial Arts and Letters Award.

Dave Sheppard currently lives and works at his Square Wheel Studio in Toronto.

Darren cranford
Darren Cranford - Biography 2017

Darren Cranford is the Director and Co-Founder of Keyframe Digital Productions, Inc. Darren oversees the creative development and production of inspiring visual effects and animation for feature and broadcast television projects. With over 20 years’ experience, Keyframe is one of the major players in visual effects and animation in Ontario, Canada. Darren grew up in Botwood, Newfoundland, and did his Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in Corner Brook. Cranford’s strength as a VFX Director is based upon the unique vision he brings to every project he works on. He lends a cinematic eye to animation, and thinks outside of the box in the creation of visual effects. Cranford is dedicated to creating the highest quality work while promoting an environment where people enjoy working. Cranford recently directed 26 episodes of ‘Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate’ for CBC and Sprout, is currently working on a new series for BBC, and has directed many internal animated projects. Cranford also directs the VFX work for Keyframe, including most recently ‘Christmas Horror’ feature film for Copperheart Pictures, the fifth and final season of ‘Warehouse 13’ for NBC Universal, and the fifth and final season of ‘Lost Girl’ for SyFy. Keyframe is currently going into its third season ‘The Expanse’ for SyFy. When not busy with VFX and Animation, Darren also illustrates children's storybooks, with over 20 to his credit. His latest illustrations can be found in the book called "The Sugar Goblin", written by Crystal and Michael Boyle.

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