The Museum Shop to Introduce Locally Made Products

The Museum Shop is excited to introduce a wide variety of new locally made products for the spring and summer seasons with product arriving daily!


At the Museum Shop not only are unique gift ideas found, but also product that are made locally. At present, the Museum Shop represents the work of more than 25 New Brunswick craftspeople/artists. Most of the books sold are also local interest and/or by local authors. Be proud to buy local!


All of the info here.

Soldiers’ Barracks to welcome fiddler Katherine Moller & Visual artist Carter Chase

A musician and a visual artist will share the Fredericton Arts Alliance casemate from June 27 to July 3.

Katherine Moller is a violinist and fiddler from Harvey. She performs in many classical and folk ensembles in the province and teaches both privately and in the public school system. She has already completed six residencies in downtown Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District, and this year she would like to research stories of early Irish settlers to see if she can write music based on her reactions to them. The theme of this year’s Artist in Residence series is New Ground, and artists are encouraged to explore ideas of home in relation to new places. Moller hopes to be able to find some first-person accounts from early Irish settlers to use as inspiration for her music.

Carter Chase intends to explore the theme by making a new piece of art based on the idea of growth. He’d like to look back at his past experiences to see how the trails in his life made him a stronger person by using fine detailed ink work. Born in Saint John, Chase has already completed the Foundations Craft and Design with honours and is currently studying Graphic Design at NBCCD. This visual artist is a bohemian spirit who strives to understand freedom, emotion, and truth which can be expressed through writing music and making art. His style is a mixture of contemporary painting, urban street art, and fine detailed creative drawing. To Chase, art is expression and meditation; an outlet for his thoughts, feelings, and understanding.

“Music is a huge influence on my work and the way it flows – sometimes my artwork is purposefully a translation of the music of a full album or artist,” says Chase, so perhaps the pairing of Moller and Chase in the casemate will prove to be a fruitful one.

The 2016 Artist in Residence series runs from June 6 until September 5.
The casemate that houses the old stone studio at the Soldiers’ Barracks is open 7 days a week: MondaySaturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.
For further information, please contact:
Monica Smart, Summer Events Coordinator, Fredericton Arts Alliance

Atlantic Canada Composers Orchestral Competition Winner Announced

The St. Andrews Art Council is pleased to announce the winner of its inaugural Atlantic Canada Composers Orchestral Competition, composer Michael R. Miller of Fredericton.

Miler’s winning musical composition, Getting With Five, will be premiered at the St. Andrews Gala Festival Concert August 6, 2016, 7:30 pm, Sir James Dunn Academy in St. Andrews.

“As music lovers we are all much more familiar with four, two, and three beats per measure,:” says Miller, “But two well-known examples of quintuple meter are the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s  Symphony No. 6 and Dave Brubeck’s Take Five.

“Although I am a composer of concert music in contemporary style, I do like to communicate with an audience by using some basic rhythm, melody and key centres – but my chords are somewhat unconventional.”


Read the full article and a more extensive bio on Micheal R. Miller written by the St. Andrews Art Council, click here: MichaelRMillerCompositionWinner. And be sure to attend the St. Andrews Gala Festival Concert!



Wordsmith and Basketmaker share residency in the Barracks

Author Mark Anthony Jarman will return for a fourth residency in the Soldiers’ Barracks June 20 to 26 as part of the Fredericton Arts Alliance summer program. He will be joined by basketmaker Lisa Fullarton in the 13-week Artist in Residence program that sees two artists sharing the old stone studio for a week at a time.

Participating artists are selected by a jury, and this year they are asked to explore the theme of New Ground (understanding home and new places).

Jarman, a writer, editor, and UNB English teacher, intends to write about the contrast between busy Mumbai and familiar New Brunswick: “I am working on a nonfiction piece about the stark contrast between the noise, crowds, and pollution of Mumbai, India, where I traveled in February, and the much quieter and less crowded world of rural New Brunswick, specifically the pristine Pollett River watershed,” he said.

Jarman has published several books, including My White Planet, Salvage King Ya!,

Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, and Ireland’s Eye. He has a BA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Fullarton graduated from the Aboriginal Visual Arts program at NB College of Craft and Design last June and is now a juried basketmaker with the NB Crafts Council. She teaches classes in Basketry and Mandalas and operates Black Butterfly Studio.

While working with the theme New Ground, Fullarton will be “designing and creating a completely new-to-me basket from familiar, found, and traditional/regional basketmaking materials.” She will invite visitors to work on some of her available prototypes. She would like to connect her personal experiences of coming to new spiritual and physical places in her life to her practice of basketmaking.

The program gives artists working in various media a chance to create in a public setting, and gives locals and visitors a glimpse into a day in an artist’s life. Both artists are committed to sharing their ideas and inspirations with people who drop in for a visit.

artsnb publishes findings from Cultural Diversity Commission meetings

The Commission on Cultural Diversity, a group consisting of volunteers, multicultural society representatives, federal and provincial government cultural department representatives, artsnb employees and artists from around the province, has released its inaugural report of findings pertaining to discussions of cultural diversity in the province.

“The arts have always served as an important vessel of expression, in particular when introducing diverse cultures to a wider audience, so we made it part of our strategic plan to create partnerships that promote equity and celebrate cultural diversity throughout the province,” explains Akoulina Connell, Executive Director of artsnb, “We want to take a leadership position at artsnb when it comes to promoting diverse cultural inclusivity in New Brunswick, while also empowering others to continue with this dialogue in their own communities.”

A series of three day-long meetings were held by the commission. Topics discussed ranged from creating incentives to inject diversity in our communities and universities; possible strategic interventions by government; removing barriers to access to information and opportunities; creating new opportunities for immigrant populations; overhauling school curriculums to include more culturally diverse educational content and exposure to different cultures; and facilitating partnership opportunities between the Anglophone, Francophone, Indigenous and multicultural communities of the province.

Resulting from the meetings were 10 short-term goals, 8 long-term goals and 15 additional recommendations for improving multicultural sensitization and access to services for culturally diverse populations across the province.

The results of the Cultural Diversity Commission meetings are published online at http://artsnb.ca/site/en/resources/key-documents/. The next meeting of the Commission is expected to take place in fall 2016; a meeting date has not yet been set.

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