Vancouver-based artist and designer Carmilla Sumantry is all about community and collaboration when it comes to the Web3 space.
“The mindset of working as a collective to achieve common goals is very rewarding, not only professionally but also emotionally and socially,” Sumantry told Daily Hive. “There is something truly genuine about connecting with like-minded creators who are eager to share and support each other as we navigate this new era together.”
To help strengthen the connection in the Vancouver NFT community, Sumantry is helping to host NFT BC, a special art panel and party taking place on Sunday, May 1 at the Hollywood Theatre.
The event is presented by Simkin Artist Management and will feature panel discussions with some of the best NFT talent in the industry. There will also be an art exhibit, giveaways and more.
NFT BC is coming FAST!
So excited to see the whole Vancouver family for this, celebrating local art and local community 🖤
– Carmilla (@CarmillaEtc) April 22, 2022
“We have been planning NFT BC since the first meeting I hosted in November and it is finally paying off,” said Sumantry, who will speak on a panel and show off a new piece that he will launch at Foundation days before. the event.
“I’ve had really great experiences connecting with the community at IRL events like Webcouv3r and NFTLA. There is a lot of value in strengthening our connections online in person.
Sumantry describes herself as a multidisciplinary creative focused on web3 as an artist, community builder, and strategist. However, she does share that her first exposure to NFT was through Mad Dog Jones, a multi-disciplinary artist from Thunder Bay, ON, who will also be appearing on NFT BC.
“Mad Dog Jones on an Instagram live with two other artists I didn’t know at the time, but now I think it was Fvckrender and Victor Mosquera,” Sumantry explained. “They were throwing around this terminology about NFTs and blockchain technology that I had no understanding of. Then I started seeing more artists, whom I had been following for years, talking about NFTs and decided to investigate further.”
The artist describes how she went down the crypto rabbit hole, finally publishing her first NFT in 2021 and receiving her first sale last summer.
“I launched a five-piece collection called the dream state, based on my vision of a utopian society and represented by liminal spaces”, said Sumantry. “My collector, Chikai, loved the entire collection so much that he bought all five pieces. That was a really significant moment for me, to have the validation of a collector who believes in me enough to make a tangible investment in my artistic career with this medium.”
Sumantry hopes that NFT BC will help encourage local artists to discover the possibility of Web3.
“Web3 has revolutionized creator autonomy. There was no real way for digital artists to independently monetize their work, before NFT technology,” Sumantry added. “Through tokenization, we can sell our work as verifiable assets, innovate with smart contracts, and collect royalties on the secondary market. Technology is ushering in a new wave of opportunities for artists.”
In addition to Sumantry and Mad Dog Jones, other leading NFT artists and experts speaking at NFT BC include Fvckrender, Mosquera, Smeccea, Blake Finucane, Baeige, Richerd Chan, and Ledger.
Various prizes will be awarded during the event, including products from Ledger, Tantalus Labs, WKNDRS and Covalent; NFTs from Hypothesis XYZ and WeedGang NFTs; and five skateboard decks signed by Mad Dog Jones.
NFT BC will keep the party going well into the night with live music from WMNSTUDIES.
“The goal of this event is to strengthen the local community and inspire more initiatives and collaborations,” said Sumantry, who will soon launch a Web3-focused art space called Dizzie Studio with Vancouver 3D artist Lydia Pourmand. “I hope NFT BC can act as a conduit to bring more artists into the space and elevate Vancouver’s creative talent on a broader scale.”
When: May 1, 2022
Weather: Doors 5 pm, Panels 6 to 8:30 pm, Party 9 pm until late
Where: Hollywood Theater – 3123 W Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: Various; Purchase online