Nelson International Mural Festival Founder
Sydney Black loves making things happen, especially with teams of amazing people. She was born (and currently resides) in Nelson, BC with her incredibly supportive husband and children. When she isn’t organizing events, you can find her producing and performing in theatrical extravaganzas with her company Black Productions. She is grateful to the City of Nelson and all the sponsors, wall owners, staff and volunteers for their help with making the Nelson International Mural Festival a success!
Mural Curator & Mural Festival Co-Founder
Amber Santos is a multi-ethnic, multidisciplinary artist who also has a passion for art education and being part of making big things happen, like the Nelson International Mural Festival, and many community projects and murals over the years. She is excited about how we can shape our public space into a welcoming and inclusive space and how art can inspire conversations and connections. See her work on her Instagram
Music Curator & Mural Festival Co-Founder
Dee’s diversity and musical capabilities have taken her all over the world, From Brazil to Israel to Europe. She has an infectiously warm personality, which can be felt by the way she lives through her heart and centres her passion for authenticity in her music. Dee has had the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by Renowned Grammy Award Winner Jerry Wonder (The Fugee’s), electronic producer Lorin Bassnectar and multi-instrumentalist Mr. Carmack.
With over 5 years of experience working for musical festivals, helping in artist hospitality, setting up tents and aiding with the assembly and teardown of art installations, Brian was destined to become the festival’s Mural Coordinator. Brian also has an Associate of Arts Degree at Capilano University in Global Stewardship and is certified in Air Rescue and MEWP. Brian’s favourite part about his job is being given the opportunity to help create art and engage with different parts of the community he grew up in.
Ingrid Love is a marketer and content creator with a penchant for marketing in the arts. She is also an interdisciplinary artist and aspiring academic, currently pursuing a degree in English Literature. She is intrigued by the pockets and seams where artistic disciplines overlap and interact with one another, and finds herself constantly studying these interactions as a writer, dancer, and theatre artist.
Mavis Harris is the founder of Nice Marmot PR, a music publicity company based in the BC interior. With over 15 years of experience in PR, Mavis has worked as a publicist with MapleMusic Recordings, a Communications Manager with Universal Music and even won the 2016 Canadian Music Publicist of the Year at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. She nailed a nomination down for 2017, too. Mavis has been at the helm of the Canadian promotional campaigns for a myriad of artists including Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, PJ Harvey, Drake, Joel Plaskett, Peaches, Valerie June, Frank Turner, K.Flay, SonReal, Michael Kiwanuka, M.I.A., The Hives, Norah Jones and The Dears.
Dave Ronald is the owner of All Ears Music Productions, a sound production company offering Live Sound, Event Streaming, Audio Production, Mixing and Mastering services.
The Music and culture of the area is what brought Dave to the Kootenay’s to attend Selkirk College Professional Music Program. Dave is the Technical Director for 2020/2021 Nelson’s International Mural Festival and is enjoying his work for the 2021 Kaslo Summer Music Series presented by The Langham-Kaslo Cultural Centre.
Artistically, Dave is a multi-instrumentalist and performs as his alias wav-Dr. and has released multiple albums with Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Legion as ‘wav-Legion’
Visit Dave’s website
Admin Assistant / Artist Liasion
Bethany Pardoe has been a resident of Nelson since she was six years old. Bethany is very passionate about the arts and loves the community here in Nelson. This is her first year working for NDAC, but she’s participated in many of NDAC’s events and opportunities over the years. Bethany has completed her foundation year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and will be returning to Vancouver in the fall for her second year.
Assistant Mural Coordinator
Axel Morrison is a multidisciplinary artist residing in the West Kootenays/Sinixt territory. His work is driven as a response to life and culture. Pulling influence from living on the boundary of rural life, and being globally connected, the work exists as both a satire and honest expression of our relation to concepts and symbols. Concepts range from pop culture, old folklore, Koans and daily life. Balancing between vivid colour and dark undercurrents, looseness and clarity, the work is open, honest, comical and raw.