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.