Critically Acclaimed Artists Program

Supported through funding from private donors, the Critically Acclaimed Artists Program (CAP) is designed to attract high calibre national and international practicing artists to Sunbury Shores as instructors.

Sunbury Shores is dedicated to exposing practising artists and arts enthusiasts to the teachings and works of acclaimed Canadian and international contemporary artists in order to support the development of the arts in New Brunswick and plant new creative seeds in our communities.

Michael Flaherty, Ceramic Artist

Michael Flaherty is Teaching:

Mud, Sun and Forest
June 22 – 24, 2018

Participants will discover material, form, and meaning by digging clay, foraging natural objects, and using an experimental solar-powered kiln. Ideal for potters, sculptors, and creators of all types, this course aims to expand the connection between the artist and nature.

Previous experience with ceramics is not essential, but an adventurous spirit and willingness to experiment is.

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About Michael Flaherty

Michael Flaherty was born in Newfoundland and subsequently spent much of his childhood getting lost in the woods. As an adult he has lived alone for three months on a deserted island, crisscrossed Canada and the United States by bicycle, and inhabited abandoned communities in his home province, all as part of his artistic practice.

Flaherty studied ceramics at NSCAD University (BFA) and University of Regina (MFA) and has taught at numerous institutions across the country. His work was recognized nationally when he was a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2011) and a finalist for the RBC People’s Choice Award (2013). He won the Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013.

Flaherty resides in Port Union, Newfoundland, where he has established Wild Cove Pottery. His studio activities are varied, including pottery, sculpture, installation, and performance.

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Alyssa Monks, Painter

Alyssa Monks is Teaching:

Transcending the Photo Reference in Painting
July 26 – 29, 2018

This workshop is designed to guide students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct traditional painting techniques. It aims to instruct painters on how to use the photograph to create a painting that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitates a photograph.

The process will begin with preparations such as choosing a composition through quick sketches from a variety of reference photos, progressive oil sketches with limited use of the photograph, and then laying in the composition with an imprimatura wash. When that is dry, the students will learn to create color relationships that portray the space and volume, creating the illusion.

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About Alyssa Monks

“I strive to create a moment in a painting where the viewer can see or feel themselves, identify with the subject, even be the subject, connect with it as though it is about them, personally.”

Alyssa Monks is an American painter blurring the line between abstraction and realism by layering different spaces and moments in her paintings. She flipped background and foreground using semi-transparent filters of glass, vinyl, steam, and water over shallow spaces in her 10-year long water series. Today, she is imposing a transparent landscape of infinite space over evocative subjects.

The tension in her paintings is sustained by the composition and also by the surface quality itself. Each brushstroke is thickly applied oil paint, like a fossil recording every gesture and decision, expressing the energetic and empathic experience of the handmade object.

Alyssa’s work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. She lives and paints in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her latest solo exhibition “Resolution” was in March and April of 2016 at Forum Gallery. Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Intimacy” at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany and “Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009” at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections. Alyssa has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees.

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Jason Collingwood, Weaver

Jason Collingwood is Teaching:

Plain Weave
August 10 – 12, 2018

An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough ‘tricks’ to also suit the more experienced weaver.
Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs). Initially students will weave stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design. Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design.

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About Jason Collingwood

Jason Collingwood is a world-renowned weaver based in the UK. Having learned to weave from his father at the age of 18, Jason returned to the discipline 6 years later and setup his own workshop in 1986, located in Nayland, Suffolk.

Over the last 31 years Jason has woven to commission somewhere in the region of 2000+ rugs. Mostly for private clients, though also for some corporate clients, and worked with numerous architects and interior designers. The rugs can be woven to any size and colour way, are strong and durable for use on the floor, but equally can be used as wall-hangings.

In addition to designing and weaving, Jason spends 3 – 4 months each year teaching at various art schools in America, Australia, Canada and Europe. To date he has taught approximately 10,000 people to weave. This has led to Jason having his own brand of rug wool in America, as well as instructional DVD’s and publications.

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Sarah Alford, Installation Artist

Sarah Alford is Teaching:

Naive Botany: A Natural History Guide to Installation Practice
August 16 – 19, 2018

In the nineteenth century, ‘botanizing’ became a craze. It was something you did on the seashore, in the meadows, or on the sidewalk. With botanizing as its framework, this course explores ways in which we might translate our daily observations and practices into another space and form such as a gallery installation.

We will spend the course in discussion over examples and theories of installation, and take advantage of the natural setting of Sunbury Shores to immerse ourselves in the creation of individual, barely begun, well-conceived, yet wildly imagined, installation proposals.

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About Sarah Alford

“I am in the practice of re-imagining what it means to know the world.”

Sarah Alford is a practicing artist and perpetual student with undergraduate degrees in Jewellery/Metalsmithing and Art History from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD). She was awarded a Fulbright to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, and an MFA in studio through the department of Fibre and Material Studies. She taught art history and studio classes at NSCAD before becoming a PhD candidate in Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University, Kingston. She has exhibited across Canada, Scotland, and the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

“I contextualize my work within art practices that look to community, process, and intervention as meaningful sites for uncovering lost emancipatory moments and for growing political awareness in the present. My work, however, is often undidactic, ephemeral and asks viewers to suspend their beliefs and to place themselves somewhere between citing and siting.”

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Maggie Rose, Painter

Maggie Rose is Teaching:

Colour Mixing
August 20 – 24, 2018

A sample of topics that will be discussed include the expanded prismatic colour wheel and how to ‘hold’ a colour while it’s lightened or darkened, how to ‘file’ colours under umbrella hues, how to juggle the 4 colour “balls” (hue, value, temperature and chroma) without dropping one while altering another and how to successfully reduce or heighten chroma without getting “mud”.

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Intermediate Painting
August 27 – 31, 2018

This workshop is for students with experience working in oils or who have taken a previous course by Maggie Rose. Delve into concepts of light and shadow, colour mixing, composition, and oil painting techniques with the opportunity for group critique.

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About Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose is a Canadian artist currently living in New York while teaching at the New York Academy of Art. After graduating cum laude from the Academy in 2001, Maggie continued her training at the Michael Aviano Atelier and studied drawing with Michael Grimaldi. She now paints full time and is passionate about teaching and passing on the training she feels blessed to have received. Maggie’s work is primarily figurative. She prefers to work from life and often sculpts small figurines when working on subjects that require photo reference. Her primary focus is the continued exploration of the human body, of the color and translucency of flesh, and in objects which we identify with the body such as clothing and dressmaker forms.

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