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Foundation scores hat-trick: Subway Gallery; Multi-Sport & Judo Clubs most recent recipients of donor generosity

Subway Gallery 

Photo credit: PAO Capt. Leah Campbell

Caption: The Subway Gallery / Gallerie du Métro is the collective effort of a number of enablers. Pictured L to R are RMC’s 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Nancy Douglas; History admin assistant, Suzanne Robertson; Irwin Streight;  English and French admin assistant, Denise Noreau; and graphic artist Chris Boucher. Missing are the Dean of Arts, Jim Denford; Mareka Rooney; MWO Richard Corneau; electrician Peter Marx; and Ashley Mendes, curator of the RMC Museum.

Subway Gallery 

Article by Dr Irwin Streight

The long empty, drab, and dusty showcases on the lower level of Massey Library are now brightly lit and filled with colourful works of art.  A busy student thoroughfare, this subway-like space has been transformed into a walk-through gallery.

Standing above the stairs inside the west entrance of Massey one afternoon in January, RMC’s 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Nancy Douglas was struck by the architecture of this subterranean passageway that provides access to two large lecture rooms and connects to Girouard.  The green ceramic tiled walls, the glass and metal and oak of the empty showcases—all struck her as visually compelling.  “As a child of the 60s, I was attracted by the bones of the space,” she commented. “It was kind of sad that nobody was using it.”

Nancy had an inspiration that the empty line of unlit showcases could be recovered and refitted to display works of art, and fittingly named it the Subway Gallery / Gallerie du Métro.  The new gallery is the result of many hands making lights, hardware, materials, and the space itself workable and available.

Art works currently on display have been produced by students, faculty, and staff who have attended the weekly Drop-In Monday art workshops that Nancy has held in her Swing Space studio since late January.  As well, there are art pieces produced individually and collectively by students who participated in one of the seven workshops Nancy presented this term that were embedded in undergraduate courses offered through the Faculty of Arts.

“Art has the ability to expand and enrich who you are and can influence the viewer in positive ways,” says Nancy.  And she hopes that the art on display will draw the attention and appreciation of the many students and faculty who pass through this space each day.  Already while she has been constructing the art displays in the showcases, assisted by Dr Streight, students have stopped to look and offer supportive comments.

“Viewing works of art by RMC faculty and fellow students can start conversations and give you some understanding of who that artist is,” she added.

Make a trip to the Subway Gallery / Gallerie du Métro to see the fine art on display.  Over the coming weeks, this exhibition of works by visual artists at RMC will be evolving and changing.  The gallery / gallerie is open 24/7.

The current Artist-in-Residence program at the College is funded by the RMC Foundation.

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Multi-Sport Club competes at the Pentathlon des Neiges in Quebec City

By: OCdt. Riley Ewing 27772

The Royal Military College Multi-Sport Club sent 10 of their members to the Plains of Abraham in Québec City from the 3rd to the 4th of March , 2018, to compete in the MEC Pentathlon des Neiges. The Pentathlon des Neiges is a race consisting of five winter endurance sports: biking, running, cross-country skiing, skating, and snowshoeing.

The RMC Cadets competed in three different races held over the two days. The first was the long distance solo challenge, which requires the participant to individually complete 40.7km spread over the five events. OCdts Adam Welsh and Logan Roots both competed in this race.  The second race was the short distance solo challenge, which is a more achievable 27.7km for the total distance. OCdts Riley Ewing and Michael Moore both competed in this challenge. Lastly, there was the long distance relay, which is the same route as the long distance solo challenge, but taken on in teams of three to five competitors. RMC had two teams competing in this relay race. With temperatures hovering around zero degrees all weekend, the conditions to race could not have been better. This event was a learning experience for numerous OCdts who did not have a lot of experience in certain disciplines, namely cross-country skiing. The result was a fantastic weekend for the Multi-Sport Club.

 

The Multi-Sport club would like to say a huge thank you to the RMC Foundation for funding us to compete in this event. The Club would also like to extend a huge thank you to OCdt Colin de Grandpré for being a necessary driver and an excellent photographer.

For more pictures of the Pentathlon:    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140298276@N06/albums/72157693336597404/page1

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Judo

On 03-MAR-18, 13 members of the RMC Judo team qualified to attend the Coupe de Montreal 2018 at Collège André-Grasset in Montreal, QC. The Coupe de Montreal is an annual tournament that is an open invitation to all Judo athletes across Canada. 27651 OCdt J. Seong won Gold in the -81kg Senior Advanced division. 26916 OCdt C. Levesque battled and ultimately won gold for the -90kg Senior Advanced division. 28284 OCdt S. Kim won Gold in the -81kg U21 Novice division. 27870 OCdt W. Hanna won gold in the -90kg Senior Advanced division. 28531 NCdt N. Barkhouse won gold for the -73kg U21 Novice division. In total, the RMC Judo team won five golds, one silver, and one bronze medal. The Coupe de Montreal was a great learning experience for the whole team and a good way to test the skills that we have acquired during training.

The Judo Club members would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the donors to the RMC Foundation for their continued support. This is the third tournament that the RMC Foundation has funded for RMC Judo this year, and without the generosity of the donors, we would not have had this chance to compete and perform at this level.

NCdt Barkhouse, Noah 28531

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One Comment

  • 15566 Helga Grodzinski

    March 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    It is nice to see Foundation funding used for such good purposes. I am particularly delighted by the Subway Gallery – an innovative way to beautify and render meaningful an under-appreciated space.