Sudbury shares what makes our city BitterSweet

By: By Mariyam Salmanzadeh

 | Apr 08, 2014 - 11:34 AM |

Cambrian's graphic design students collaborate with community for upcoming exhibit

This year there’s a twist to Cambrian College’s annual Graphic Design graduate student show that will run throughout April.

The exhibit, BitterSweet, is the product of collaboration between graduate students and the wider Sudbury community.

“The show revolves around questions, such as, ‘What keeps us going? What makes us who we are? What makes a Sudburian a Sudburian?’” explains Gaëtan Godin, a student in the third-year class.

“The answer lies within the bittersweet relationship we have with our city.”
To create the show, the public was invited to submit ideas to the group’s Facebook page and anonymously via the graphic design website.

“They put the call out to get people’s opinions about the sweet and the bitter side of living here,” said Rob Beltrame, co-ordinator of the graphic design program.

More than 1,000 responses were received.

“We got all kinds of things from potholes to the weather to how great it is to live close to nature,” said Beltrame.

The students took the most repetitive themes and weaved them into their design posters, depicting either a bitter or a sweet interpretation of Sudbury — all of which has been inspired by public response.

“The great thing about BitterSweet is that the community is shaping the show,” said Godin.

“It is their opinions that are inspiring the pieces, so hopefully at the show’s launch, the public will be just as proud as the College and the students.”

The BitterSweet exhibit will launch Thursday April 10 from 7-9 pm at The Open Studio, located on 93 Cedar St., suite 303.

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