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As our Artists are confirmed, this page will provide their information and some samples of their work. You can find last year's artists here.


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Abby Davidson

(Abby's bio to follow….)
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Alisha Lyons

My family and I call the lovely Kingston Peninsula home. Its unique beauty and rural feel drew us here, and we have not been disappointed. As for my love of painting, I think it is safe to say it has always been a part of me in some form. I plowed through painting "kits" as a child, and loved watching other artists at work... mostly on television. Mixing vibrant colours and boldly adding texture and shape to their canvases, it all seemed so magical to my young heart. As an adult I've picked up my brushes off and on between the births of my two children, but recently I have found a little more time to devote to learning and practicing my skills.

I have donated artwork to charity auctions in the past but this is my first art show! I have painted in many different mediums and found challenge in all of them, but I always come back to acrylic and oil based paints. Their vibrant colours and texture keep drawing me back. I eagerly look forward to continuing to grow and enhance my abilities in the years to come... and the Peninsula seems like the perfect place to do so.
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Alison Davidson

Alison Davidson lives and works in the uptown Saint John area, enjoying a studio and gallery space as a member of the Union Street Art Collective. She is a mainly self-taught artist in the medium of painting, using canvas and also salvage materials in her works. She has enjoyed exhibiting in Saint John in the past and currently exhibits with members from the Collective gallery.

Alison is experimental in her style, always working to evolve and express through colour, with the goal of conveying energy through her works. She can be found these days creating at 162 Union street, enjoying the uptown heartbeat which is a colourful inspiration for any artist.
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Anna Christensen

Inspiration comes from my childhood and growing up years in the Arctic of Norway, as well as the Atlantic region of Canada. I took a short watercolour class a few years ago which unlocked what my art teacher in grade 8 effectively put a plug in. This has made me ever so much more aware of how important it is to protect and not stifle the gifting that is inside our children and students, and to instead help them express their own unique gifting.

My pictures are quirky and whimsical, and often bring smiles to those looking at them. Customers have told me, even some with tears in their eyes, that they remind them of simpler times. Community living is often the theme in my creations.

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Colin Hugh Smith

Since leaving his birthplace, England , at 16, Colin Smith's lived in the United States, the Bahamas and Jamaica but he calls New Brunswick home. On his journey he's been a Registered Interior Designer, a restaurateur, a rat catcher, a tinker, a tailor, a journalist, a published fiction writer, an art promoter -- and several other things (all legal) which he won't mention here – but, these days, his creative energies are mostly focused on making art.

When he ran his own interior design studio -- as an accredited member of IDNB (Interior Designers of New Brunswick) -- his clients included the Province Of New Brunswick (Fredericton's Legislative Assembly Chamber and old Government House) and private commissions in Canada, Britain ,the U.S. and Italy. While he studied art at UNB in Fredericton, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and gained much from workshops with New Brunswick artists such as Molly Lamb Bobak, Jennifer Pazienza, Brigid Toole Grant and Richard Flynn, he is largely a self-trained artist.

“My artistic strength, and I'm always trying to flex those muscles, comes not from rigorous training in technique but rather from pure intuition, a sense of visual drama, of being blessed with a good eye,” he claims.

After graduating from UNB Fredericton with a first class honours degree in English Literature (fine arts minor), he was awarded a full-term M.A. Graduate Assistantship. He completed and successfully defended his thesis, which examined certain aspects of Ezra Pound's London years concerning his involvement in the undercurrents influencing the radical changes which took place in the European art world in the years leading up to 1914, touching on the role of homoeroticism in artistic creation.

He has written many reviews on the visual arts (he was nominated for the Christina Sabat Award in 2001), drama and classical music – including book reviews – for Saint John's late daily paper, The Times Globe and New Brunswick's provincial paper, The Telegraph Journal and its weekend supplement, The Reader, as well as other national publications such as Opera News and Parliamentary Review. His fiction has been published in the United States by Alyson Press.

In addition to solo shows at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, the former Seacoast Gallery and Sunbury Shores in St. Andrews, the old ABEC in Saint John and the Saint John Arts Centre which it has now become, his work has also appeared at Saint John's Imperial Theatre, the New Brunswick Museum (Art and Artifacts, www.nbm-mnb.ca/ ), the New Brunswick Festival of the Arts, the University of New Brunswick's Student Voices show, and ARTgallery ‘Rat in Queenstown. Also he has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at Cobalt Gallery, the Klausen Gallery, the Fundy Art Gallery, all of Saint John, as well as the Kensington Gallery in Calgary.

Artist's statement:
My current work has mostly two directions – the exuberant and colourful florals which I love to paint and have been my most popular work, and the more profound and soulful abstract pieces in which I play with colour and rhythm and try to express my personal philosophies, my states of mind.

In my uptown Saint John studio, both kinds of paintings are hanging or leaning amidst other goings-on, some successful, some not, projects which involve – among other things – a loom and several soft-sculpture wall hangings. I'm always working on something, or at least planning it.
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Elizabeth Kerwin-Smith

“Teaberry Hollow Burls”

Hmmmm “Teaberry Hollow”…when I grow up I want to live there, thought a 6 year old me! You see, the elves in my story book lived there. Now… fast forward the clock several years to 1992 and here I am, living year round in “Teaberry Hollow”, our cottage in Summerville, N.B.

I’ve always had an interest in some form of art: from visual presentation to a bit of water colour and acrylic painting. But a chance meeting in the back woods of the Yukon with Burl-Carver Lee Persinger set in motion a new interest, sculpting tree burls.

Burls…those not so pretty bumps you can see growing on many tree trunks and branches here in New Brunswick. Yup that’s what I use! Big difference is they are not turned on a wood lathe. I hand sculpt the burls, creating a unique one of a kind piece of table art. The burls are usually quite irregular in shape, often directing me themselves to their finished form. Their true beauty remains a mystery until I see what’s inside to work with!

I guess you might say I found my passion in the forests of New Brunswick, and Teaberry Hollow Burls came to life!
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Francine Baxter

At her studio, Mud and Metal Works, Francine Baxter is currently using acrylics to paint ethereal abstract works that are alive with colour and texture. She also creates pottery and she designs original artisan jewelry made from clay, semi-precious stones and salvaged metal from historic buildings, some of which comes from the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. She studied sculpture, ceramics, drawing and graphic design, to name a few, acquiring a Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Art in Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Growing up surrounded by the stunning landscape on the Kennebecasis River, in the quaint rural community of Chapel Grove, has influenced her creative propensity. Fran was also influenced by her older brother Chris Howlett, a successful architect, who would come home with tales of beautiful art and architecture from studies abroad. Fran’s travels have led her to over 30 countries around the world and have provided exposure to various cultures and art which she brings to her current work. This enlightened perspective is a catalyst for Fran’s pieces, which are honest, earthy, and spiritual. She is currently using acrylics to paint ethereal abstract works that are alive with colour and texture.

Artist’s statement:
It's been an exciting process playing with acrylics again. The pieces have somehow taken shape on their own, many without a proposed plan. Similar to finding images in clouds, shapes or themes will appear in the paint and I will enhance them and bring them to the forefront.
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Helen Shideler

For Helen, painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact. The real joy is in the challenge and complexity and getting it right. She constantly strives to hold herself to the highest standards.

Helen works traditionally in watercolour, oils and acrylics and loves working in realism with intimate detail and saturated colour. She will often imagine that she is sculpting with paint, and always approaches her art with enthusiasm and energy. Her preferred subjects are all things nature, in particular flowers, animals and birds and sea & landscapes.

Through her painting efforts, Helen has developed a distinctive style she likes to describe as contemporary realism with a painterly feel. Helen has had nine solo shows over her art career and continues to participate in group shows and events.

In 2012 she was elected into the prestigious Canadian Society of Canadian Painters in Watercolour (SCPWC). The Society was founded in 1925 “to cultivate and encourage excellence in the medium of watercolour”.

Helen lives in Quispamsis, NB (originally from Cape Breton, NS).

Group Memberships:
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Signature Member (CSPWC)
IWS Canada - NB Rep, Treasurer
Kings County Studio Tour, Organizer, Participant 6 years
Fundy Group of Plein Air Painters
Arts Link NB
Canadian Society of Artists, Associate Member (CSA)
Federation of Canadian Artists
CARFAC

Awards:
CSPWC Open Water DL Stevenson Award 2015
THE Artist’s Magazine Finalist 2014
CSPWC Open Water Sally Sloan Award 2014
CSPWC Open Water Artists Magazine Award 2014
CSPWC Associate Show Best in Show

Blooming Colours Studio Quispamsis
www.helenshideler.com helen@shidelerfineart.com
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Jerome Andrews
Elected Member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour 2003

My creative journey is reflected in the evolution of my work. Visual awareness is, for me, made up of both an internal dimension which is the repository of my life experiences, and an external dimension which is the complexity of life as "seen". My subconscious floods me with an array of pictures, colours, and emotions that I am compelled to express on paper. A single image can move on a creative path that takes on a life of its own. It carries me along, and I build on it until the creative journey ends. In my work, there is usually a fun, humorous side, and a light side with playful images of cats and fish, contrasted against a darker and forbidden glimpse into the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest in a predator world. The balance between the light side and the dark side lends an emotional depth to my work.

At crucial turning points in my life, I have been mentored by people who have inspired me to continue my view through art. Chenowth Hall, professor of art at the University of Maine in Machias was an early inspiration. She recognized that creating works of art was a core part of who I am and encouraged me to attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine on a scholarship in 1968, 1969, and 1976. Also I attended George Brown School of Technology in Toronto in 1972. After attending an art seminar with Zoltan Szab in 1975, his presentation instilled in me the basic intricacies of working with watercolour and inspired me to pursue my art career as a professional artist.

At present I am owner and curator of the Jerome Andrews' Studio and Gallery Deer Island, West Isles, New Brunswick. One can find me at work in my studio regularly, and anyone is welcome to visit my gallery and studio with or without an appointment during the summer months or by appointment during the winter months.

Artist Statement:
Art emerges from the artist's deepest creative self. It must include, but transcends, good technique. My work describes, through my realistic landscapes, simplicity of life that exists both in reality (sometimes) and in longing. At the other end of the spectrum, my abstract work reflects the complex and unresolved mysteries of life that continue to baffle human beings.
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Judith Baxter

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Judith Baxter studied art at Vocational School with Ted Campbell and Fred Ross. However, it has been far too long since school-days to blame or credit my teachers with my artistic results. “Basically self taught and by intuition I’ve even had to ask how best to clean my brushes!”

Judith is recognized both provincially and nationally as a museum and built heritage advocate and local sage on community heritage issues. As an artist/writer she is recognized for four books; ‘The Magic Seagull’ with Roberta Lee (illustration), ‘845 A Pencil Sketch Tour of the Kingston Peninsula’ (which captures the elegance and winsomeness of old barns and houses in rural NB), ‘Life & Times of Eliza Cox Carter’ with Beth Quigley and editing ‘Clifton Royal: The Wetmores and Village Life in Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick’.

Judith’s work has been collected and exhibited both privately and publicly.

Over the last few years Judith has been inspired to turn her attention to painting natural landscapes with a focus on water, rocks and sky. Working in oil, the new work is rich in detail, movement, and is imbued with a deep sense of place.
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Karen Butler O'Brien

I am a watercolour artist who grew up in a rural community in southern New Brunswick. My childhood home being an area rich in inspiration has resulted in many of my subjects reflecting the beauty found in nature.

Drawing has been a passion of mine from a very young age and when growing up I had the wonderful opportunity to attend many workshops facilitated by my late uncle and prominent local artist, Ray Butler. This is where I developed a special interest in watercolour. I continue to learn new things about the medium and am influenced by many of my favourite artists: Ray Butler, Carl Purcell, David Taylor, Jim Kosvanec and Joseph Zbukvic.

My palette is limited to a variety of transparent watercolours, allowing me to represent a scene with as much luminosity as possible. It is always an experimental process. I like to keep my paintings fresh-looking with minimal details. I plan a scene keeping in mind shapes, values and colour. It is important to me that the viewer sees my interpretation of the scene.  Although it is not an easy medium to master, I do like the unpredictability of watercolour and the pleasant surprises it creates.

I enjoy plein air painting because it challenges me to think about what pieces of information to leave out in order to simplify the subject and develop my own unique style. Most of my work however, happens in my home studio and sharing what I have learned from others is most rewarding.

Throughout the years, I have held my own workshops and have taught many private lessons. Painting with fellow artists has proven to be most rewarding. Private collections of my paintings are in homes across Canada and the United States.

Recent Art Shows:
Rothesay Netherwood Annual Art Show & Sale – May 2003 through 2017
Solo show, Art OnThe Beach – August 2012
The Men’s Club of Saint David’s United Church Annual Art Show & Sale – October 2000 through 2011
Solo show, Shadow Lawn, Rothesay, NB - 2007
Taylor College Annual Art Show & Sale – November 2003 & 2004 and April 2005
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Kate Thornhill

Originally from St. Stephen, New Brunswick, I have lived in several provinces and territories in Canada. My travels have given me a unique eye for the beauty and variety of our homeland. I have recently returned to my home province of New Brunswick.

I have long had an interest in photography and over the years came to specialize in textures, angles, lines, shapes and colours. I have developed my technical skills as a photographer through university and community college courses. I have developed my artistic skills though workshops with several professional photographers including Courtney Milne and Andre Gallant.

I wanted to do something else with my photography and quite by accident I discovered rug hooking. I use my original photographs to create one of a kind hooked wall hangings.

Group Exhibits
  • Millbrook Cultural Centre “Hooked on Micmaq Art” exhibit (October 2018)
  • Ganongs Chocolate Box Covers hooked exhibit St. Stephen, St. Andrews, Ax Gallery in Sussex (2017) now on permanent display at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Hubbards, NS.
  • Fibre Arts Network Exhibit Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery (2014)
Awarded Rug Hooking Artist of the Year (2017) Hooked Rug Museum of North America (Hubbards, NS)

Contact Info
Sparrowhawk Rug Hooking Studio
3602 Route 845, Long Reach

506-333-4073
email: srhstudio@xplornet.com
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Liane Thibodeau

Liane Thibodeau has been living in Summerville since 2001. The beauty of Sea Dog Cove on the Kingston Peninsula, where she lives, is a constant source of inspiration for her, and is her favourite place to photograph. She loves taking her camera with her for early morning and evening paddles in her kayak when the water is still ... a time for reflecting ... on the natural beauty of our world, and the serenity and peace it brings.

She especially loves her encounters with wildlife while on these paddles – attempting to capture the spirits of the eagles, sea dogs, cormorants, loons, and ducks who make regular appearances. She never knows what she will see when she sets out, which is what makes the cove magical for her.

She recently began taking floral arrangements created with flowers from her garden out with her on her morning paddles, placing them in various rocky outcroppings she finds along the cove. She enjoys the challenge of finding interesting locations and balancing the flower vases on the rocks, without tipping the vase of flowers or the kayak, or dropping her camera in the water. She finds the contrast between the stark rock, the vivid green seaweed and the colourful flowers appeals to her love of colour.

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Lynda Throop

Born and raised in Ontario, I grew up with a love of drawing and all things creative. It wasn't until
I was married and raising three boys that I felt called to pursue art more earnestly. Taking classes
at a local college along with workshops and classes with established artists, I was able to experiment with various mediums like watercolour, coloured pencil, acrylic and pastels.
While I still use those mediums, since 2009 my work has been focused primarily on the use of oil paints. With the play of light and shadow as my main focus no matter what the subject, I began a journey that continues today.
Every summer of my married life has been lived in New Brunswick and I have been able to call it home since 2011. With the beautiful scenery and wildlife, I never run out of inspiration for paintings here! It is my hope that you find joy and a sense of the Creator and His peace when you view my work.
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Melanie Craig-Hansford

Melanie Craig-Hansford lives in Erbs Cove, N.B. on the Belleisle Bay. She is on the Board of Directors of The Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex where she teaches painting and drawing.

In 2016 she had an art show called Stone by Stone at the centre where she showed her landscape paintings with the stone sculptures of Sheila Watters.  She does commission work and one of her paintings hangs in Alaina Lockhart’s office,  

Melanie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Art Education from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS
She taught high school visual art for 27 years in Kingston Ontario and retired in 2014.  When she retired she moved back home to the Maritimes and settled in Erbs Cove.

Before moving back she had no idea how important the landscape of this part of the province was to her. The light, the colour, the shoreline, the rock, the Bay of Fundy and the trees show up in her work whether she is painting realistically or abstractly.  Melanie’s visual interpretation of this journey home, her environment and the colour and light that is so unique to southern NB is what calls out to her to be painted.
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Michael Butler

Michael Butler is a Saint John north-ender who moved to the Kingston Peninsula over 40 years ago because of its beauty and tranquility.

Artist Statement:
I’ve always been interested in art since childhood, and in leaving St. Malachy’s High I studied with the Famous Artist Schools of Westport, Connecticut, while doing a trade in Lithographic Pre-press. I was graphics manager at a sign company Creative Productions before starting Butler Design & Graphic Services Ltd. At BD&GSL I produced many local iconic business images such as the Moosehead Country Store, Kredl’s Corner Market, Flick’s Video, Slocum & Ferris doing their logo, signage, brochures etc….. Attention to detail was my specialty, particularly in producing display systems for companies like NB Power, Kings Landing, Atlantic Salmon Federation and many more.

I carried this tightness I’d developed in the exacting pre-press printing industry working in film production before computers came along. For example, doing master negatives for the Captain Morgan Rum labels in Cameo Crafts of Montreal and Kelloggs box type in Cooper & Beatty Ltd of Toronto. This exacting detailing came into my paintings and while attending Gardner Web University in North Carolina my professor challenged me to loosen up. I was honoured when my paintings were used to help bring the art curriculum at the university from a minor to a major.

I’ve done many group and private showings of my work in Saint John over the past 40 years. I've done group shows in Boiling Spring and Shelby, NC. As well, I’ve had paintings in the Rothesay Netherwood Annual Art sales and the Annual Art Sales of the Men’s Club at St. David’s United Church in Rothesay going back a few years.

I taught life drawing at the Atlantic School of the Arts, which introduced me to the enjoyment of helping others get excited about their own art work. I now teach at St. James The Less Anglican Church in Renforth during the winter, and my home in Kingston during the summer and fall.

On Saturdays you might see me at the Kingston Farmers Market (of which I’m a founding member), as well as the St. Andrews Farmers Market on Thursdays. I love selling my photographic images in a variety of formats, and my new product of sand cast candles which sold very well 35 years ago in the Fredericton Boyce market. I always try to have a painting at the Dunham’s Run Winery.

[artwork to follow…]
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Ralph Seely

Sea Winds Pottery
Born in New Brunswick, Ralph Seely has had a life long interest in hand crafted pottery. After his first pottery class he was hooked on clay, deciding to study full-time at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He focuses on creating functional pottery intended for every day use. He is inspired by the natural surroundings where he lives; the powerful ocean, flowing rivers and ever changing colours that paint the landscape of Southern New Brunswick. Ralph also draws inspiration from the fluid style of traditional Japanese ceramics. His goal is to bring each piece to life in a truly unique way.
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Sheila Howell

Sheila is a professional artist and has been painting full time since 2012, when she decided to leave her home studio for a more professional space. Her current studio at 146 Germain Street is open by appointment or chance. There you will find several works on display and it is also where she gives private lessons and hosts “Painting Parties” for grown ups.

Sheila is a former member of Saint Paul's Community Art Club, the Fundy Gallery of Art and The Jailhouse Gallery. She has also participated in the Kings County Studio Tour. Her work has been shown in several Saint John and area art shows. Over the years, Sheila's paintings have been exhibited at LaBoheme Gallery, The New Artisan Studio, Dunham's Run Winery, The Foxes Den, and at Retro and Rust.

In January and February, 2012, she had a solo show at Millennium Gallery. In June/ July, 2015, Sheila was part of a two person show at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton. In February and March, 2017, she had a solo show at the Imperial Theatre, Saint John.

Artist Statement:
I love to paint. Painting is a very important part of who I am and I find I express myself best through my abstract and surrealist works. I love how almost every viewer will take something different from a nonrepresentational work. These are works which come from almost a subconscious level and are usually painted in an intuitive style as I rarely have a preconceived idea of what the end result will be.

I also love to paint what I have observed. Even with my more realistic works, I am never really sure what the end result will be as I often move, add, subtract or add to a scene and I will sometimes totally create my own little world to escape into.

I have an unquenchable thirst to better my art and this leads me to push myself in new directions and explore new medium or to create new ways to use medium I am already familiar with.
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