‘Stay hungry:’ Artist tells students opportunities within themselves will become greater if they are hungry


By Tori Vail

April 22, 2016

Henry Purdy was 21 when he noticed there was no centre, school or gallery for arts in Charlottetown.

Make Me, a showcase put on by Holland College School of Visual Arts students, opened last night at the Confederation Centre Art gallery to mark a milestone as students graduate Holland College.

Fundamental Arts, Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Imaging and Video game Art and Animation second-year students’ work will be displayed until May 9.

Today, many years later, Purdy told students to count themselves very lucky with the expertise that flows through Charlottetown.

Over the years, Charlottetown arts community has taken off, Purdy said.

“You’ll get the chance to make your mark,” he said.

Opportunities and chances within yourself will become greater, Purdy said.

“Stay hungry.”

Give yourself patience, Purdy told the students.

“Don’t look for things that are already there.”

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Photography student Kayla Butler stands beside her photos at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on April 21. Holland College students work will be displayed at the gallery until May 9. Tori Vail photos

Anna Gibson, a student at Holland College, thanked the staff and faculty on the students’ behalf.

“Thank you to the instructors,” Gibson said.

Gibson named the event Make Me. She said it brings to mind a child.

“It is something to keep in mind. We learn rules but we have to know when to be defiant and break them,” she said.

The instructors guided the students along the way, Gibson said.

“We make things for ourselves and others. We had a lot of guidance,” she said.

Photography student Kayla Butler said she learned the business aspect, technical terms and use of studios at her time at Holland College.

“I am excited to move to Toronto and assist for a year and move into fashion photography.”