Clay and Wax Create Art at the Soldiers’ Barracks

Artists Sarah Petite and Jennifer McInnis-Wharton will bring diverse media to a shared space at the Soldiers’ Barracks July 11 to 17.

Petite specializes in encaustic painting (using pigments mixed with hot wax that are applied to a wooden base). Encaustic painting is Petite’s self-taught and main medium. An established artist, she was educated at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been painting professionally for 35 years. Petite has exhibited throughout the Maritimes and a solo exhibition is planned for Galerie Colline, Edmundston, in 2017.

The theme of this year’s Artist in Residence program is New Ground, which Petite intends to explore by producing “one or two encaustic paintings, and by displaying appropriate recent works.” The artist says that “visitors, especially children, enjoy dipping into my paint and watching the complex process,” so a visit to see Sarah Petite at work could get messy – in a good way. Her paintings, though abstract, address themes of place, placement, and situation, and often contain house-like structures which “surely aren’t accidental”. Some themes that recur throughout her work are progress, escape, return, and homing.

McInnis-Wharton is an emerging contemporary artist from the Northwest Territories, currently pursuing graduate studies at Fredericton’s New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and focusing on ceramics. During her residency, McInnis-Wharton would like to create a series of pots inspired by the historical buildings that line Queen Street in order to “celebrate the richness of life in Fredericton’s downtown core.” She will be inviting others to share their favourite stories from Fredericton as she shares her own, and plans to record and incorporate them into the final installation of her fantastic ceramic pots.

The Fredericton Arts Alliance, a registered charity, has run the Artist in Residence program for the last 15 years. Local artists are selected by a jury and every week, two share an old stone casemate at the Soldiers’ Barracks in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District. This becomes an artists’ studio, welcoming visitors seven days a week until September 5. The casemate is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday fromnoon to 5 p.m.

New Brunswickers named to Order of Canada for Contrubutions to the Arts

Former New Brunswick lieutenant governor Graydon Nicholas has been named to the Order of Canada, along with Ilkay Silk, Tim Borlase and Madeleine Delaney-LeBlanc. They are among the 113 new appointees announced Thursday by Governor General David Johnston.

Two recipients were rewarded for their contribution to the arts in New Brunswick:

Timothy Borlase, of Pointe-du-Chêne and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., “For his contributions to arts, music and drama initiatives, particularly for youth, in communities across Labrador and New Brunswick.
Ilkay Silk, of Fredericton, longtime drama co-ordinator for St. Thomas University, “For her contributions to arts and culture organizations in New Brunswick, particularly for her work with youth in theatre.”

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.


See the full article from CBC here!

Generations: New art exhibition at the Bathurst Heritage Museum

 This exhibition includes son Richard Hazen’s work in digital media and mother Adrienne Hazen’s early family based oils and drawings and reproductions of Richards fraternal great grand-mother X 6, Elizabeth Beckwith-Hazen born in Fredericton in 1839.  There are over 100 of her works stored at the Harriet Irving Library Archives at UNB. Richard has just graduated from NBCCD in Fredericton.

The International NONESUCH ART ON PAPER AWARDS Parrsboro Exposition

Main & Station is pleased to announce:

The international NONESUCH ART ON PAPER AWARDS Parrsboro exposition will open on 20 August 2016 at 3pm and remain on exhibit until 10 September 2016.

The exhibit will then travel to Montreal and be on exhibit from 23 September  until 7 October, 2016

These awards are open to all artists.
To view the ONLINE CATALOGUE OF ENTRIES  http://hmsnonesuch.com/naopa-catalogue-of-entries/
The awards consist of cash and residencies valued at $ 20,940.00:
  •               The Nonesuch Best Work Award
  •                L’Usine de Papier Award
  •               The Main & Station Award
  •               The Griffintown Award
  •               The Wellington Church Award

The Award winners will be announced in Parrsboro on 3 September, 2016.

For additional details on the awards please go to the website …http://hmsnonesuch.com/nonesuch-art-on-paper-awards/
Main & Station Nonesuch Kickshaws
PO Box 507
168 Main Street
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

CBC/Radio-Canada names Community Foundations of Canada and the 150Alliance as official partners for 2017

(OTTAWA, ON) June 28, 2016 – A new set of partnerships involving CBC/Radio-Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the 150Alliance was announced today as part of a collaborative effort to highlight stories about Canadians and their communities for the country’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

As an Official Partner of Community Foundations of Canada and its network of 191 community foundations, CBC/Radio-Canada will leverage the deep local roots of community foundations to showcase the stories and impact of their work, including initiatives being funded through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

CBC/Radio-Canada will also be an Official Partner of the 150Alliance, an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most out of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. CBC/Radio-Canada will tap into the 150Alliance’s national network to highlight the diverse array of events and activities taking place in every province and territory for Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The partnerships build upon a long-standing relationship between Canada’s public broadcaster and community foundations, which began with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series and have continued through engagement in the 150Alliance.

“2017 is an important milestone in the history of our country,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “CBC/Radio-Canada will be the place for Canadians to connect and to share stories about who we are and where we are headed as a nation. Our partnership with Community Foundations of Canada will support the public broadcaster’s commitment to strengthening our connection to communities across the country.”

“Canada’s 150th is an historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to each other. We’re thrilled to partner with Canada’s public broadcaster to help showcase activity taking place in our communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “Through our movement of 191 community foundations and our growing national 150Alliance network, there’s no shortage of stories and impact to share with Canadians as we look to 2017 as a catalyst for community development in the years ahead.”

These partnerships are a part of CBC/Radio-Canada’s broader strategy around 2017 which includes special programming and online engagement, plus dynamic public events with 150Alliance member SESQUI, an immersive media touring festival that will travel across the country next year.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations. Learn more at www.communityfoundations.ca

About 150Alliance

The 150Alliance is an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Incubated by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is the national hub for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, with over 800 members and growing. Learn more or join today at www.150alliance.ca

Article: here.

For more information contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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.

Sculpture and embroidery kick off summer of artist residencies in the Barracks District

The Fredericton Arts Alliance launched its 15th summer of artist residencies in the Barracks District this week with two highly skilled visual artists sharing the old stone casemate that forms their studio.

This year, artists were asked to reflect on the theme of New Ground – exploring what it means to come to a new place or to a new understanding of place, of home and of what these words mean in the context of a year when Fredericton has welcomed Syrian refugee families as well as many other immigrants.

Samantha Thebeau, a fine arts graduate from Mount Allison University, is working through embroidery, using drawing techniques with thread and fabric. She is looking at “our placement in the world through our relationship with our bodies and with nature, focusing on origins, at what we come from and what unites us.”

Jean Rooney has a fine arts degree from Trinity College Dublin University in Ireland and is a faculty member at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She is working on outdoor sculptures using Hypertufa mix to mimic natural stone and create spaces for plants.

“I am an immigrant myself and I constantly deal with the issues of home, homesickness and displacement. I will be creating stone people, drawing from my experience of Irish folklore, and tales from back home. I will use these traditional stories from the old homeland to create and add to the new homeland,” she said.

Both artists are ready to explain their ideas and their process to visitors. They will offer tutorials and give visitors an opportunity to get involved with their hands as well as their eyes.

These artists’ residences give Frederictonians and visitors alike an opportunity to spend time with local artists in an informal studio setting, and they offer artists an honorarium as well as a chance to spend a week concentrating on some aspect of their own creative practice. Artists must apply for residencies, and the successful ones are selected by an independent jury to ensure visitors can expect a high standard of creation.

The changing themes of the residences from year to year encourage artists to look at their work from varied perspectives and challenge them to approach the ideas with different media, different outlooks, different intuitions. In this way they broaden the artists’ vision as well as giving visitors a variety of ways of seeing the theme expressed.

Thebeau and Rooney will continue in residence until Sunday, June 17.

AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall debuts this September


AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall debuts this September
We are delighted to announce an exciting and thought-provoking new program. This fall, the AGO partners with Massey Hall, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre to launch AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall, a landmark new series of semi-annual events that brings together visionary artists to discuss their work and the urgent social, political and cultural issues of our time. Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince, whose leadership inspired the development of the project.

The series kicks off on September 20, 2016 at 8 pm with an evening of unscripted discussion on the topic of Art and Social Justice, featuring four extraordinary artists from across the creative spectrum: André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Moderated by CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway, the conversation begins with an exploration of each artist’s relationship to activism and equality through the lens of their work and life experiences. Drawing from these personal contexts, the speakers will consider the role of the creative community in confronting issues of discrimination and inclusion, and to imagine the actions they believe could lead to lasting change.

For more information on the series and speakers visit www.AGOCreativeMinds.ca or click to read the full press release.

Ticket Information

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Tickets go on sale to the public June 10, 2016 at 10 am.
  • For tickets to this event please visit Massey Hall Box Office Ticket Sales
  • Ticket prices range between $19.50 and $79.50 and do not include tax. Applicable service charges will be applied at the time of purchase.
  • Tip: Please set up an account with the Massey Hall Box Office website in advance to be ready for ticket purchase.


Online Catalogue of Artworks on Université De Moncton Campus

As part of the Inventory residency projects, Julie Lynne Drisdelle, sessional teacher in art history, has identified and produced a list of works from the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Collection exposed on campus. The list contains known information on the works, such as title, name of the artist, materials and a short description (in French), fostering a better knowledge of these works for students, employees and campus visitors. Helpful also in the localisation of works, the list could support research and student projects.

PDF and Excel versions of the list are available online in the « Recherche » (research) section of Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen’s web-site: http://www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga/recherche

As this project is conceived as an ongoing exercise, you may transmit your comments, corrections or questions to: julie.lynne.drisdelle@umoncton.ca

An Inventory was a project that offered an opportunity to explore the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Collection. Residencies by artists and researchers were facilitated and presented in parallel to a process of identification, documentation, and conservation of the works in the collection that was the focus of the gallery’s team.

Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen of Université de Moncton is supported by the Operational Grants for Arts Organizations’ program of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of New Brunswick, and this initiative is made possible thanks to an increase in annual funding following the renewal of New Brunswick’s Cultural Plan.