Artist in Residence

The City's 2020 Summer Artist in Residence Program held at Odell Park and the Fredericton Botanic Garden will be highlighted in a group exhibition of works at Gallery 78 from October 8 - 30. Fourteen artists practicing a variety of art forms participated in the program throughout July and August creating and demonstrating their work to the public. The exhibit will include works created and inspired by this residency and will range from visual arts, music, fine craft, literature and more.

The show opens Thursday, October 8 from 4-7 pm. You are invited to mingle outside with artists and tour the gallery in limited numbers. Face masks are required. Gallery 78 hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4 and Saturday 10 – 3 and by appointment (506) 454-5192.

The works will also be available to view online at

2020 Summer Program

Odell Park & Fredericton Botanic Garden: Jul 6 - Aug 28

The Summer Artist in Residence Program returns to Odell Park and expands to the Fredericton Botanic Garden.

You are invited to visit the artists to see how they use the parks and garden spaces as inspiration or as sources of materials to incorporate into their creations. Please, remember to maintain physical distance.

Be sure to follow them on social media for regular updates on their work and insights through talks, interviews, demonstrations, and art lessons.

Odell Park

Fredericton Botanic Garden

The Artists


Fibre Arts Network | July 6 - 17 Odell Park
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For over 40 years, members of the Fibre Arts Network have been felting, spinning, quilting, rug-hooking, and more.

These members will each spend 1-2 days in residence throughout the park:

Social Media: Daily posts, as well as demos/artists talks and interviews.


Kirsten Stackhouse
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  • July 20 - 24 Odell Park
  • July 27 - 31 Fredericton Botanic Garden

Graphic designer, illustrator, and college educator based in Fredericton. She explores digital painting, a media often considered new, which uses traditional painting techniques but introduces a wider variety of possibilities through technology.

During her residency, Kristen will be moving around the park, capturing the park in stylized studies and digital illustrations on her iPad.

Social Media: Daily live-streamed updates with Q&A, posts of her digital illustrations, and story updates of her explorations of the park and painting tips. Virtual workshop each week on creating art with your IPad featuring botanicals and landscapes.


Ralph Simpson | July 27 - 31
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Ralph Simpson is a retired Forest Research Biologist, a graduate of the Aboriginal Visual Art program of New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and an award-winning basket weaver. Simpson explores the potential for indigenous plant and wood fibre - harvested with environmental sustainability and integrity - to create baskets and sculptures.

Find Ralph under a shelter near the Odell Park Lodge, creating baskets and sculptural pieces that incorporate his innovations with traditional weaving techniques.

Social Media: Daily posts about projects and materials in development as well as an artist talk.


Emily Kennedy | August 3 - 14
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Fredericton-based cellist, improviser, and composer, with a Master of Music Performance (University of Ottawa). She has taught, participated in many residencies, and performed around the world.

Emily will create new work that integrates field recordings sourced from the park into a series of compositions.

Social media: Daily postings of work in Instagram and weekly postings of her new pieces combined with video footage sourced from the park.


Sasha French | August 17 - 28
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A movement and visual artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida, Sasha performs and creates, has participated in residencies throughout the United States and Canada and has taught art and dance therapy for long term care.

During her residency, Sasha will teach movement classes in the park (pre-registration required) and host a weekly live movement class on social media. She will also spend time painting.

Social Media: Daily posts on Instagram and Facebook. Weekly live movement class. A live artist talk with Q&A at the end of each week.



Cat Candow | July 6 - 17
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After graduating from the Fashion Design program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Cat pursued her life-long passion for textile work around the world as a seamstress for theatres. Fascinated by how the uniqueness of the human form, emotions, and nature intersect, Cat explores textile techniques with sculptural elements in larger projects.

During her residency, you can find Cat exploring and stitching around the gardens where she will create a sculptural piece of wearable art inspired by the shapes and colours of the flowers and foliage, exploring the interconnectedness of humans and nature.

Social Media: Daily video postings of progress on Facebook and Instagram. Live stitch sessions on Instagram at the end of each week, where you can watch her work up close and ask questions in real-time.


Riel Nason | July 20 - 24
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Not only is she a renowned Canadian novelist, but Riel is also an accomplished textile artist whose colourful and whimsical quilts have been exhibited widely. Her acclaimed debut novel The Town That Drowned won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe as well as many other honours.

You will find Riel throughout the Botanic Garden, but her main hang out will be in the NB Literature Garden. She will write and invite visitors to chat with her about her books, the creative process, and her inspiration in the backdrop of these beautiful gardens. Watch for her posts about a Plant of the Day/Book of the Day taken from plantings featured in the Literature Garden.

Social Media: Daily postings and photos from the Gardens. Plant of the Day/Book of the Day posting. Facebook Live reading and author talk about her new book Waiting Under Water, (Scholastic Canada, May 2020)


Sarah Sarty | August 3 - 14
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Sarah Sarty is a photographer who explores traditional practices through film and gum bichromate printing. Employing natural conditions and chemistry behind transferring negatives, Sarah explores this process to capture the park’s natural complexity.

Social Media: Daily updates and a live demonstration on how to use photography equipment.


Tracey Dutt | August 17 - 28
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This second-year student of the Textile Design program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design creates art inspired by the textures, patterns and colours in nature, and its ever-changing moments.

Tracey will spend her time creating pieces that reflect her surroundings. She will design and create a woven outdoor installation as well as create small tapestries from hand-dyed fleece and a spinning wheel. Expect to see found natural materials such as fallen branches, leaves, long grasses, and acorns in her woven tapestries.

Social Media: Live and recorded videos and photos posted to Facebook and Instagram  of her dyeing fleece and yarn, spinning fleece, weaving, and gathering materials. Online tutorials on creating a mini weaving using branches as a loom.