CONSERVATION ON CANVAS

MAY 11 – JUNE 2
OPENING MAY 11, 5-7PM

Paintings by Michael McEwing

Sunbury Shores Signature Exhibition

About the Exhibition

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Museum.

In celebration of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s 30th anniversary, Conservation on Canvas, an exhibition of paintings featuring Nature Trust nature preserves by New Brunswick artist and art educator Michael McEwing opens at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5-7 PM.  A series of 33 oil paintings captures unique ecosystems and landscapes of preserves from around the province and showcases the natural beauty of New Brunswick.

The project began nearly four years ago, when Michael McEwing approached the Nature Trust with the idea to capture the beauty of Nature Trust preserves on canvas. “Early on, it began to dawn on me that this project would become about more than just exploring and painting nature preserves,” says McEwing, “it has become just as much about the incredible people who have joined me on the journey. The inspiration and knowledge that has been shared from the Nature Trust board members, staff, and volunteers is now embedded in the works themselves-a merger of artistic expression and passion for the biodiversity of nature.”

Featuring preserves from Grand Manan and Blacks Harbour in the lower Bay of Fundy, to Shea Lake in the North, the Conservation on Canvas exhibition is a diverse showcase of New Brunswick’s landscapes and biodiversity. McEwing explains; “This series invites the viewer to join me on this adventure of discovering the wide diversity and unique ecology of these outstanding nature preserves.”  The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the natural diversity across New Brunswick, and to celebrate land conservation as a means of ensuring these landscapes and habitat remain protected for future generations.

After Sunbury Shores, the exhibition will travel to the Grand Manan Art Gallery and the Grand Manan Museum and will conclude at Government House in Fredericton in fall 2018. Art-in-nature workshops and guided excursions on nearby nature preserves will accompany the exhibition at each location, led by McEwing, fellow artists, and naturalists, that will allow guests to deepen their knowledge of local biodiversity and create their own masterpieces.

Financial support for this project has been graciously given by TD, McCain Foods, Stewart McKelvey and other supporters. 

About the Artist 

Michael McEwing is an artist and art educator currently working in Carleton County, NB, Canada. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University and also holds Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts – Fine Arts) and Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) degrees from the University of New Brunswick.

McEwing creates in a variety of art mediums, including oil and acrylic painting, printmaking and mixed media. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows across the province, and is currently working on a large series of landscape paintings depicting New Brunswick Nature Trust preserves.

McEwing strives to promote the arts in his community and within the field of education. He has worked as a Visual Art teacher and Fine Arts Lead in Anglophone West School District and conducts art and art education-related workshops throughout the province. In 2008, he co-founded the River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA), whose flagship event is the annual Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock. You can learn more about Michael at www.mcewing.ca and you can download his CV HERE.