Summer Artist in Residence Program 2021

The Summer Artist in Residence Program returns to Odell Park at the Fredericton Botanic Garden and new this year, to Killarney Lake Park on the northside. For two-weeks, artists leave their studios and work in the great outdoors, or “en plein air”.

You are invited to visit the artists during the day from Monday to Friday. Artists are free to set-up wherever inspiration strikes them in the park. To find the artists, follow them on social media or refer to the signs posted at the entrances. See how they use the park and garden spaces as inspiration or as sources of materials to incorporate into their creations. Remember to maintain physical distance and abide by local phase-specific public health safety regulations. 

Be sure to follow the artists on social media for regular updates on their work and events like talks, interviews, demonstrations, art lessons, and more.

Killarney Lake Park

Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

 

The Artists

 

Brittany Schuler | June 23 – July 9 | Killarney Lake Park

As a contemporary visual artist and arts educator, Brittany Schuler’s work rediscovers landscape through interacting light and shadow. Raised in Fredericton and educated at Mount Allison University, she obtained a BA in Fine Arts and French Studies. Spending a formative two years in Europe, she returned to the Maritimes with a heightened admiration of untouched nature, the diversity of old-growth forests and the symbolism of trees. Brittany was selected by ArtsLink NB to participate in the Catapult Arts Accelerator Program in 2019 and continues to teach art both privately and publicly.

During the residency, Brittany will complete a current plein air project that explores trees through photography, painting, and ink sketches. This will become a visual record of trees, to serve for future projects and to foster curiosity about our forests.

Social Media: Daily updates will be on Facebook and Instagram. Brittany will host video tutorials every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a focus on drawing trees with different mediums and exploring the Acadian forest.

Website: www.brittanyschulerart.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/brittanyschulerart

Instagram: www.instagram.com/brittanyschulerart

 

 

Gary Crosby | July 12 – 23 | Killarney Lake Park

Gary Crosby began exploring woodworking when he was deployed with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to West Germany in 1984. He studied the craft with local carvers and would continue to do so around the world for over 30 years. Since departing from the CAF, Gary has turned his attention to designing and woodcarving full time. Areas he explores in his art include climate change, wildlife, ecological diversity, architectural carvings, garden and functional art.

Gary has been a member of arts councils across Canada and continues to sell his work at markets and online. Gary’s works are on display at the New Brunswick Conservation Council, the Military Engineering Museum, the United States Deployed Base and the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, as well as restaurants around the world.

During the residency, Gary will create white cedar post carvings that explore the connection between humans and our ecosystems.

Social Media : Follow for daily updates that showcase his progress and inspiration. He will host a free online carving tutorial about carving tree spirits into a cedar post, as well as hosting a Q&A. 

Website: www.darkwood-woodcarving.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/darkwoodwoodcarving/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/darkwood_woodcarving.ca/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dwoodcarving

 

 

Anne Stillwell-Leblanc & Kim Stillwell | July 26 – August 6 | Killarney Lake Park

Anne Stillwell-Leblanc is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on linoleum block printing. She graduated from the Foundation Visual Arts program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2018, although she is largely self-taught in her disciplines. Her influences are rooted in the nature of New Brunswick. Anne’s work draws on the simple yet complex composition of nature, creating floral, foliage, insect, and animal designs in striking black and white imagery. Anne currently operates her home-base practice Ridge Works Studio in Keswick.

Kim Stillwell is a multidisciplinary artist traditionally trained in pottery through the certificate program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Her need to create and explore has led to a self-taught practice through a variety of other mediums, such as jewelry and visual arts. Inspired by the nature of New Brunswick, her work reflects imagery of the flora, fauna, and waterways of the Maritimes. Her work is displayed across the province and she continues to work from her family-run art practice, Ridge Works Studio, with her mother.

Social Media : Daily updates on project progress, inspiration, and more. Weekly events include an Instagram Q&A session and a Facebook livestream.

Website: www.ridgeworksstudio.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimannestillwell/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridgeworks.studio/?hl=en

 

 

Jason Anderson | August 23 – September 3 | Killarney Lake Park

Jason Anderson is a singer-songwriter whose blends poignant, imagistic narrative with affecting performances. Jason is proud to call New Brunswick home, while collaborating with musicians across North America, writing and recording in Fredericton, and maintaining a roster of students at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.

During the residency, Jason will synthesize his art and interests into a celebration of music, nature, and community engagement through his project: “Forests, Fredericton”. This project will be deeply rooted in the surroundings with field recordings and site-specific moods. Five unique songs will be written, composed, and performed throughout the residency. At the end of the residency, Jason will perform his five-song suite in an outdoor concert, which will also be livestreamed online.

Social Media: Through daily posts Jason will discuss his inspirations, walk through his process, host Q&As, and show performances of a song each day. An outdoor concert of his new album created during the residency will also be livestreamed.

Website: www.jasonanderson.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasonandersontheband

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jasonandersonmusic/

 

 

Fibre Arts Network (FAN) | June 28 – July 9 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

The Fibre Arts Network (FAN) has been a collective of fibre artists for more than 40 years, showcasing and fostering great diversity through quilting, weaving, felting, spinning, and more. The network meets monthly to coordinate activities like exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, sales, and a professional development award for members. This year, seven members of the FAN will be in residence: Donna Mulholland, Karen Leblanc, Caroline Simpson, Tracey O’Brien, Jacqueline Bourque, Renata Britez, and Darcy Hunter. Each artist will spend a few days in the gardens and will have a daily presence on social media through artist talks, online demonstrations, lessons, and/or interviews.

Donna Mulholland is a contemporary fibre artist and painter who creates joyful, expressive, and colourful art. She will be working on small floral and landscape hooked wall art pieces.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mulhollandstudio/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donnamulhollandstudio/

Karen Leblanc has been weaving for over 40 years, working on a small tapestry loom and stitching projects using recycled tartan from old quilts. She will be weaving a small tapestry reflecting a scene from the gardens.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Loominations

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loomin_weaver/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Loominations

Caroline Simpson is a fibre artist and member of numerous guilds who works with rug hooking, embroidery, and beadwork. During the residency, Caroline will work on designs of large format using natural linen backing to hook various textiles and fibres.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolinesimpsonrughooking/

Tracey O’Brien is a graduate from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Textile Design program. She explores work that captures the diversity of the ephemeral nature of the outdoors using traditional hand spinning, hand dyeing, and weaving. During the residency, Tracey will spin and weave fleece that will be hand-dyed by plant materials found in the garden.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudioTracey

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studiotracey/

Jacqueline Bourque has been a fibre artist for over 25 years and is an instructor in the Textiles Department at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. During the residency, Jacqueline will stitch on botanical printed cloth at various locations in the gardens.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.bourque

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacquelinebourquefibre/

Renata Britez is a fibre artist and natural dyer originally from Brazil who graduated from the Textile Design program and the Advanced Studio Practice certificate at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She works with traditional printing methods and will explore other techniques using natural dyes and fibres.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebritezdesigns

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebritezdesigns/

Darcy Hunter is a quilter, teacher, and the owner of Darcy Doodle Quilts. During the residency, she will be working on an art quilt and on fabric journal covers made with natural materials from the garden.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/DarcyDoodleQuilts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darcydoodlequilts

 

 

Somayeh (Somi) Soltanizadeh | July 12 – 23 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Somayeh (Somi) Soltanizadeh is a textile artist originally from Iran, who works with knitting, crocheting, embroidery, beadwork, and fashion design. Since coming to Canada, Somayeh has further developed her craft in fashion creation expanding on the tradition she learned from her mother. She creates handbags using unique fabrics and patterns.

During the residency, Somayeh will explore her craft through the unique materials, aesthetics, forms, and motifs found in the gardens. The combinations of colors and natural elements will shape her creations of functional textiles.

Social Media: Daily updates on Facebook and Instagram about Somayeh’s inspiration, surroundings, and progress of her work. There will livestreams each week where Somayeh will have demonstrations and answer questions.

Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/somayeh.soltani.9

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somi.sol/?hl=en

 

 

Kaitlin Hoyt | July 26 – August 6 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Kaitlin Hoyt is a wildlife illustrator based in Fredericton. She is a graduate from Mount Allison University’s Fine Arts program and the University of New Brunswick’s Bachelor of Kinesiology and Wellness. The connection between wellbeing, art, and nature is a cornerstone to Kaitlin’s craft as she seeks to pay homage, show gratitude, and better understand the natural world.

Having already completed “100 Birds in 100 Days”, Kaitlin will continue to be inspired by the diversity of nature by painting all 430 of New Brunswick’s bird species.

Social Media: Daily posts explore her progress, her inspirations, teachings on the forest, as well as tips for plein air artmaking and wellbeing. Her livestreams will include demonstrations, discussions of artmaking, and Q&As each week.

Website: www.kaitlinhoyt.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/koytart

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kaitlinhoyt

 

 

Laura Forrester | August 9 – 20 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Laura Forrester is a multimedia artist based in Fredericton. She works with oils, acrylics, and other media such as sculpture, photography, and pastel. Florals and botanicals are a recurring subject matter in Laura’s art, mirroring the vivid colors and motifs found in nature. Laura teaches workshops, paints, co-organizes the Capital Arts collective, and is the art director of The Grassroots Gallery.

During the residency, Laura will study the nature of the gardens and create art with oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.

Social Media: Daily posts will serve as updates on Laura’s work. She will also offer three workshops per week through Facebook lives. These workshops will explore techniques for painting with watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints. Lists of materials will be posted on her platforms beforehand.

Website: www.laurapaints.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/laurforr/posts/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/laurforr/?hl=en

 

 

Ralph Simpson | August 23 – September 3 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Ralph Simpson is a wood fibre artist born in rural New Brunswick, where his love of nature began. He studied biology and became a Forest Ranger Research Biologist for many years. Ralph then enrolled in the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Wabanaki Visual Arts program and integrated his education, work experience, and love of nature into his art. He is now a full-time artist who works from his studio in Fredericton and exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally. As a life-long learner, Ralph continues to expand his skills and knowledge by exploring techniques and plant fibres from around the world.

During the residency, Ralph plans to explore the use of plant material in woven sculptural pieces. Focusing on small flowering plants and grasses, he hopes to create larger than life botanical forms such as seed pods of poppies and rose hips. He recognizes the beauty and significance of cultivated gardens, wildflowers, and wants to showcase their roles in larger ecosystems.

Social Media: Daily posts will be on Ralph’s platforms for updates on his work and notes on inspirations. Ralph will also host weekly demonstrations on his social media.

Website: https://www.woodfibreartist.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ralph-Simpson-Wood-Fibre-Artist-263680417475462/posts/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ralphasimpson/