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Standing in a cooler for 12 hours with 25 kilograms of chilled butter, Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie created a prize-winning sculpture that was broadcast around the country. A participant in the popular butter sculpting competition at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Aylan's life-size Belgian hare was a real crowd pleaser. As grand champion, the Ojibwe artist was invited to return to create a second sculpture. This time the process was livened up by the appearance of comedian Rick Mercer who was filming a segment for his television show The Rick Mercer Report. Aylan not only showed Rick her bunny sculptures, but also helped him to construct a butter-based model of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. "It was unnerving," said Aylan of filming in front of such a large audience. "But when my work gets to a stage when it's all coming together, I get excited and don't stop." Art is her passion and this year she also launched WHO NEW?! Barrie's Premiere Community Art Crawl. "I wanted to see more cohesion among the downtown galleries. We combined resources to get people downtown for one night of art," said Aylan of the free self-guided tour of various galleries, studios and restaurants. Hundreds of people visited 10 venues. The Front Room Gallery, Art In House, Artist Studios of Aylan Couchie and Lisa Brunetta and D.I.Y. Arts Collective were all created by Georgian Fine Arts students. With the inaugural event's success, she hosted a second art crawl in September. Learn more at or EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE: CARVING A GRAND PRIZE WINNER When my work gets to a stage when it's all coming together, I get excited and don't stop. Aylan Couchie on creating a prize-winning butter sculpture AYLAN COUCHIE Fine Arts Advanced, class of 2015 23 GEORGIANVIEW 2014 STUDENTS HAVING EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES

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