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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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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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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, ), 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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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

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
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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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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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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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