Summer Artist in Residence Program 2022

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

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

Todd Fraser | June 27 – July 8 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Todd Fraser is a filmmaker from Cape Breton Island, currently based in Fredericton. His films have screened across Canada from Victoria to Antigonish, at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the8fest, Process Experimental Film Festival, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers' Festival, and more.

During the residency, Todd will create a motion picture film using phytogram filmmaking, a method of contact printing with plants to create photographic images incorporating the natural textures of the plant material.

Social Media:

Watch his social media for posts throughout the week.

Website: https://www.todd-fraser.ca/         

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

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/toddfraserfilm   

 

Cheryl Lavigne | June 27 – July 8 |Killarney Lake Park

Cheryl Lavigne is an artist living in Fredericton. She enjoys hiking New Brunswick's trails and exploring fields, forests and wetlands that are off the beaten track. She can be found gathering, arranging, painting, drawing, and taking photographs while out in plein air. This kind of creative contemplation with nature has long been a part of her work and process. Cheryl is intrigued by the organized chaos of our natural world. She sees beauty in organic matter, particularly what results from symbiotic relationships and decay on the forest floor. Through her work, Cheryl examines the relationship between the health of our planet’s natural ecosystems and our collective wellness.

During her residency, Cheryl plans to take the time to interact with visitors and invite conversations about her work and our respective connection to the area, the land, and the environment. Being an elementary school teacher, she enjoys engaging children in topics about nature and the creative process. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join.

Social Media

Daily posts on all platforms, highlighting the work, the process, and the inspiration drawn from the surrounding natural environment.

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLavigneArtist 

 

Nicholas Walsh | July 11 – 22 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Nicholas Walsh is a visual artist specializing in traditional illustration. Inspired by the natural world, he creates elaborate ink illustrations that are brought to life using digital colour. Nature is his muse, and he is a regular at Odell Park. His botanical-themed artworks have been on display in downtown Fredericton.

During the residency, Nicholas will complete his new project titled ‘Natural Exploration’.  This project involves a series of illustrations based on the abundant life found within the Botanic Garden. Nicholas will apply the traditional knowledge of the plants and animals in the area and apply it to the body of work.

Social Media:

Daily updates on social media will include project progress, inspiration, along with interactive videos and livestreams of the creative process.

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

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

Website: https://www.redleafshop.ca/

 

Ralph Simpson | July 11 - 22 | Killarney Lake 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 with updates on his work and inspirations. Ralph will also host weekly demonstrations on his social media.

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

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

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

 

Ysabelle Vautour | July 25 – August 5 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Ysabelle Vautour is a mixed media painter and art teacher from Grand Barachois, NB. She is the founder of the New Brunswick Disability Art Collective where she is collaborating with Justin Robert Grant Art Society for the Arts on an Atlantic Disability Arts Symposium. Ysabelle’s artwork and photography tend to be close-up, bringing a sense of intimacy to the viewer, which is a better view for the legally blind painter. She shied away from painting, thinking it was not for her as she only sees in black and white. It wasn’t until she tried art as therapy that she was able to focus on how it feels creating the art as opposed to the result.

During the residency, Ysabelle will continue to explore installation art in the Botanic Garden. Her practices are ecologically friendly, using recycled materials and non-toxic paints. As an artist with a disability related to physical pain and eyesight, Ysabelle will explore ways to make a safe and accessible environment for herself and others.

Social Media

Daily posts on social media, including vlogs, artist talks, reference photos and demos.

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

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

Website: http://www.creatingaccess.org/

           

Julia Bannister | July 25 – August 5 | Killarney Lake Park

Julia Bannister, of Fredericton NB, is a certified Irish Dance Teacher, with the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland. She focuses on traditions of Irish social dance.

During her Artist in Residency, Julia will be focusing on the importance of the oral traditions of the teaching and learning of Irish Dance and, with creativity, she will show you how she has made connections between these dance traditions to the lessons learned from exploring trees both in Ireland and right here at home in Fredericton NB.

Stop by to visit Julia and you might get to try a dance step, if you like, or be invited to search for a special tree in the park, using a sample piece of art work as a clue. Either way, you'll learn more about the exciting details of her Project.

While Julia will document the unfolding of the title of her Project, a letter at a time, through daily vlogging to her youtube channel, the final multi-media presentation of music and dance, with back drop of selected trees from both Ireland and NB will be ready for public viewing when she returns from her trip to Ireland at the end of the summer.

Social Media

Daily samples of dance, creative process and its Celtic connection to the trees will be uploaded to her YouTube channel.

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCTj2is2kQgPwGuW7PqqA4ww  

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

Website:  www.celtickincanada.com

 

 

Peggy Holt | August 8 – 19 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Peggy Holt is a Fredericton artist and retired art teacher from Leo Hayes High School where she was the department head for art and music. Her leadership was instrumental in Leo Hayes being named the recipient of the “School of the Arts Award” from the New Brunswick Arts Board.  Peggy has also taught art sessions at Saint Thomas University, the University New Brunswick, the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, and Sunbury Shores art centre in St. Andrews. Peggy’s work is inspired by nature, particularly flower gardens. For over 20 years, she has hosted an annual Colourful Collaboration event in her friend’s garden. In the words of Peter Cashion, “One hundred years from now, people will know I was a wonderful gardener because of Peggy Holt’s work.

During the residency, Peggy will share her artistic journey through demos, artist talks and workshop. She will continue to experiment using soy milk, rather than water and how it creates interesting watercolor effects.

Social Media

Daily updates on Facebook sharing her work and creative processes.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008305071618            

 

Katherine Moller | August 8 - 19 | Killarney Lake Park

Award winning fiddler Katherine Moller is one of New Brunswick’s most versatile musicians. Whether she is playing traditional fiddle tunes in a crowded pub or the music of Bach on a concert stage, her love and respect for the instrument and its wide-spread appeal have brought her considerable acclaim as one of the province’s true fiddle ambassadors. Katherine earned a degree in music theory at McGill University in Montreal, but also studied fiddle in Ireland after receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. A new voice, one that combined elements of both traditions, was born. Katherine is active in teaching around her hometown of Fredericton providing private lessons and running programs at local schools – both focused on shaping the careers of youthful musicians.

Katherine encourages the public to come in and talk about the composition process, hear new tunes, and sometimes even help name new pieces.

Social Media

Daily posts on Instagram stories and reels as well as hosting Facebook Live performances to show progress, compositions methods, and some of the final products.

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

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

Website: https://www.katherinemoller.ca               

 

Alison Veino | August 22 – September 2 | Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park

Alison Veino, known for her intuitive, healing, colourful abstract fluid art, has worked collaboratively with interior designers, fashion designers, has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, taken part in artist in residencies, and speaks about her art and creative process on radio, podcasts, and artist panels. She also successfully completed collaborations and commissions for hotels and many local businesses. Her work is in private and public collections across Canada, the US and UK.

Throughout her residency, Alison will demonstrate the interconnectivity of the multifaceted layers of time through her artwork. She will also share with the community the value of multi-media journaling as a tool to help both mentally and spiritually.

Social Media

Alison plans to share her process on her social media accounts, focusing on a mindful practice. This will include time lapses, live streams, reels, artist talks and more.

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

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

Website: https://www.alisonveinoartstudios.com/media  

 

Katrina Slade | August 22 – 26 (one week) | Killarney Lake Park

Katrina Slade is a third-generation interdisciplinary visual artist with a lifelong passion for creativity. Her work is often inspired by a personal response to her environment, typically emphasizing uplifting and positive messages. Katrina’s primary medium is acrylic painting, and sometimes creates sculptural or installation work. Katrina earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in painting and drawing, followed by a Master of Arts in 2011 in her home state of Oregon. World travel has been instrumental in her artistic growth. After spending the decade of her twenties traveling and working overseas, she immigrated to Canada in 2018.

During her residency, Katrina will continue her mixed media painting project, Wild Oneness. She will lead a "nature bathing" mindfulness workshop during the residency.

Social Media

Katrina will be sharing daily updates showing the artwork, materials, and methods.

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katrina.slade.art/ 

Website: https://www.katrinaslade.com/     

 

Karen Leblanc | August 29 – September 2 (one week) | Killarney Lake Park

Karen LeBlanc has been weaving for over 40 years and recently retired as a senior project manager with an Indigenous non-profit organization. She focuses on several distinct streams: weaving traditional, functional, and practical pieces on four or eight-harness looms; innovative, contemporary tapestry pieces woven on tapestry looms; and stitched pieces made from repurposed tartan kilts or other fabrics.

During her residency, Karen will continue to create small hearts as a continuation of her Hang-a-Heart project. Hearts will be available for people to take and to hang as part of reconciliation with Indigenous people and First Nation communities in memory of Indigenous children who did not return home from a residential school. This will include both an online and community engagement component, where she invites visitors and residents to participate in “Hang-a-Heart Sew-Along” through social media. In addition, she plans to explore shaped tapestry weaving and various fibre art sculpture techniques.

Social Media

Daily posts to provide updates on where she is working and where the hearts are available. Visitors will be encouraged to upload a picture and location of their hanging hearts.

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Loominations/posts     

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loominations1/     

Website: http://www.loominations.ca/