Explorations of childhood and rugged Atlantic landscapes at Sunbury Shores art centre

Left: In a photographic exhibition, Ella Morton explores Newfoundland’s “transcendent, mysterious” landscape. Right: See the new animated feature The Adventures of Rivetboy throughout the month at Sunbury Shores. (Facebook)

SAINT ANDREWS — Animator David Norris’s new feature The Adventures of Rivetboy is screening throughout the month at the Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre, after having its world premiere last week.

“Norris presents a visually compelling and engaging story where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary,” said a press release from Sunbury artistic director Caroline Walker. “The Adventures of Rivetboy centres around … an awkward anti-hero and his animal friends as they await the arrival of his estranged, and very odd, twin brother. The artist constructs scenes using photographs rather than traditional drawings, to capture and enthrall viewers of all ages and to make each moment in the film visually gripping.”

Using stock photographs, Norris aims to “capture the essence of childhood wonder to bring a tangible quality to storytelling,” the press release added. “By blending reality with imagination, The Adventures of Rivetboy sparks curiosity and invites viewers of all ages to explore the magic within each scene. Each frame tells a tale that transcends the limits of traditional animation.”

Norris’s original orchestral music complements the imagery.

“(Music is) a significant aspect of the project … creating an emotional depth that resonates with children and adults,” said the press release.

David Norris grew up in Montreal and lives in Saint Andrews where he works as a musician and animator.

This month Sunbury also hosts The Great Kind Mystery, an exhibition of photographs by Canadian filmmaker Ella Morton.

“Morton aims to uncover how photographs and films can show more than a straightforward depiction of reality,” explained the press release. “By altering film and creating mysterious and distinctive photographs, Morton explores how the alchemy of analogue techniques can be reinvented in the digital age to tell deeper stories within images.”

Using techniques such as film soaking, bleaching, hand-colouring and mordançage (altering silver gelatin prints to give them a degraded effect), she captures the “transcendent, mysterious, and fragile qualities of landscapes in and around Newfoundland.”

A documentary of the same name accompanies the exhibition, featuring Inuk and Mi’kmaw artist Amy Hull telling stories about growing up in Newfoundland. Morton’s altered Super 8mm footage of Newfoundland landscapes accompanies, and “the distortion of the celluloid film reflects the wonder and nostalgia of Hull’s relationship with the land.”

Both The Adventures of Rivetboy and The Great Kind Mystery continue at Sunbury Shores in Saint Andrews until March 30.

The Saint Croix Courier