2017 EXHIBITIONS

APRIL 7 – ARPIL 29

NATURE’S ESSENCE

By Krista Hasson

Artists Statement:

I am an emerging artist working in 2D with watercolor on rice paper. My paintings are done using a method that is very untraditional to that of painting with watercolor. It consists of using wax in a similar fashion as you would when you are doing batik, instead of fabric and dyes; I use rice paper and watercolor.

This process is very exciting to me with the many alternating layers of colour and wax. Normally you would watch your painting come to life as you paint it, but with this method of painting I have to trust my creative instincts and my knowledge of colour until the end, when all of the wax is removed to reveal the final result. This technique results in artwork that has a very unique look with a rich texture.

Lone Pine by Krista Hasson

MAY 5 – MAY 28

A FORTUNATE ADVERSITY

By Dawn MacNutt

Artists Statement:

The inspiration behind my work remains the ‘beauty of human frailty’. This newer work is about creating figurative forms that can provoke ambiguous interpretations by the viewer. Moving from the city to rural Nova Scotia ten years ago affected the work I want to show in St. Andrews. Instead of using uniform traditional basketry materials, I enjoy the irregularities of willow from the wild. It is harvested from the ditches and the lanes in the immediate area where I now live. The character of the knotted branches suggests the sometimes flawed beauty of the human body.

I propose that the work to be shown, “A Fortunate Adversity”, expresses a full life enriched by caring and seeing loved ones overcome disasters and small misfortunes.

Shades of Green - Willow Sculpture by Dawn MacNutt

JUNE 9 – JULY 2

New Brunswick Art Bank

2015-16 Acquisitions

Exhibit Statement:

The NB Acquisitions Program purchases contemporary visual art by New Brunswick artists every two years for the NB Art Bank. The artworks are part of a ‘working collection’.  After they are purchased from the artists, they are presented in a provincial exhibition at art galleries in New Brunswick and elsewhere.  They may also be exhibited in schools and displayed in government buildings.

The 2015-16 acquisitions comprise of 26 works in various media by 16 artists:  Marjolaine Bourgeois, Daniel Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc, André Lapointe, Mario LeBlanc, Mathieu Léger, Dominik Robichaud, Ann Manuel, Marsha Clark, Jennifer Wiebe, Alexandrya Eaton, Paul Griffin, Karen Stentiford, Anna Torma, Paul Mathieson and Shane Perley-Dutcher.

Mario LeBlanc, Wood Sculpture

JULY 7 – 29

St. George

Susan Lapides

Exhibit Statement:

St. George is a fishing town of 2,800 people and not a single traffic light. It is situated on the Bay of Fundy in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The magnificent bay is known for the highest tides on earth, frigid waters, and dramatic skies. The short maritime summers with long evenings are cherished as a time for gathering around bonfires as they have been for generations.

St. George’s economy is based on its thriving farm raised salmon industry. To give you a sense of the scale, Cooke Aquaculture annually sells more than 160 million pounds of Atlantic Salmon. Because the traditional catch of herring or cod have diminished, independent fishermen now meet the demands of expanding global markets by scuba diving for sea urchins, harvesting periwinkles and seaweed, and hauling in lobsters.

Being a photographer and new to the Bay of Fundy, I documented our family adventures in this landscape. As friends and neighbors shared antidotes about their home, I recognized it was in flux, and decided to create a more enduring document to speak to the collective memory of the people and the industries of St. George and New Brunswick.

Photograph by Susan Lapides

AUGUST 4 – 26

Three Generations of Buerkles

Poppy Balser, Rose Burley, Beth Buerkle, Udo Buerkle & Herman Buerkle

Exhibit Statement:

Growing up in the home of Udo and Beth Buerkle Chamcook meant growing up surrounded by art, mostly made by the family or friends. There were paintings by Hermann Buerkle, Udo’s father. Udo made his own oil paintings at an easel built on the wall in a room that was also a pottery studio.  Beth was, and still is, a practicing potter.  She often includes designs inspired by the surrounding Passamaquoddy Bay seashore on her cups, bowls and platters.

This is a family who believed it was better to be making things for themselves than purchasing mass produced items.  The demands for furnishings for their home led Udo to develop his skills as a woodworker and he created a series of beautiful rocking chairs and other household items that were as functional as they were attractive.  Their two daughters, Poppy Balser and Rose Burley have developed their own artistic practice. Rose paints in pastels and acrylics while Poppy is a watercolour painter.

This exhibition will feature pottery by Beth Buerkle, paintings by Hermann Buerkle, Udo Buerkle, Poppy Balser and Rose Burley.

Red Shore by Herman Buerkle

SEPTEMBER 1- 23

Inside-Out

Sheryl Crowley

Exhibit Statement:

Over this past year I have been followed around by the need to represent the inner turmoil of an anxious mind in the exterior physical body. I have constructed abstract pieces in the past which represented states of mental health but stepping closer to human representation is more challenging and frightening both artistically and personally. As a university student I was shown a photograph of Donatello’s “Mary Magdalene” from the 14th Century. It is a wood sculpture depicting Mary emaciated, ragged and emotionally raw and unguarded. The piece makes me distinctly uncomfortable. I feel unsheltered, deeply moved and viscerally / mentally unsettled. Anxiety and depression happen inside of some of us, often hidden from those around while our minds inside spin and baulk, sink and fragment. What is hidden needs to be seen in concrete form to help us to understand, to have compassion, to see each other. My wish is for you to be moved, unsettled by these images. See yourself or one you know here. We are many who appear calm but have turmoil inside.

I began experimenting with mosaics in the winter of 2005. The rich colours and textures drew me in. I enjoy the physicality in handling and cutting each fragment, in forcing the slurry of grout between the tiles. Then, the moment when I wipe off the excess grout and the finished piece reveals itself … magic!

Many of my designs are generated from photos I have taken. I like to blow the images up, zoom in on one tiny section and discover interesting forms and colours within. Then I dig out my paints and pastels and work up designs based upon those tidbits of life. Other times, the colours or mood of an image will be the inspiration for a mosaic. Recently, found metal and ceramic objects have found their way into the creations both whimsical and dark.

Mosaics speak to us through the mind’s magical ability; gathering tiny fragments of colour and patterns of line, revealing images that stir the emotions and feed the imagination.

Repel, Sheryl Crowley, Acrylic, 2017

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 21

Heaven and Earth

Ann Manuel & Gisela Lindlau

Exhibit Statement:

We have been attracted to each others’ work for years and have sought a way for our works to respond to each other in an intimate setting. The vision for Heaven and Earth includes up to five stone sculptures, abstracted organic forms, placed around the gallery floor as if rising from the Earth. The drawings (up to five) will be completed on banners of Mylar and suspended from the ceiling above, near and in between the location of the stonework. These banners will be lit from within, with visible imagery from either side, and will be manipulated to hang in a swirling fashion as if slowly descending from the sky to meet but not touch the stone.

While the imagery for the stone sculptures are abstracted organic forms, the drawings will be abstracted combinations of cloud formations transforming into nest motifs as the imagery moves down the length of the Mylar banner.  The total number of works will be a maximum of 10 but may be less dependent on space. The work is to be installed by the artists.

Patrons are invited to move among the works, which can be expected to produce slight movement in the drawing/cloud formations.

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 18

Stone Stories

Travis Melanson

Exhibit Statement:

The ancients of various cultures told us tales of monsters and creatures that struck fear into the heart of any soul that dared listen. They recorded these tales with the use of ceramics and sculptural techniques. The terracotta warriors, once painted, now capture the essence of naked clay. They are a haunting shadow of what they once were, whispering to visitors the mysteries of their dynasty.  The Greeks used vases and marble to immortalise their gods and breathe life into their mythical creatures. My work reflects on this technique of passing on stories through ceramics.  I create the things I see in my nightmares and have them burned inside the kiln to free my mind.  When the fire is out the pieces have changed, whispers from deep within allow me to tell new tales.

My installation: Stone Stories reflects on various ceramic vessels that have told wondrous stories of the ancient world. In our modern times, I fear that we are losing the power to tell tales of value.  We are tirelessly recording events of narcissistic value. This installation would be a migration of sorts. How the mythical creatures are leaving our world making place for a modern time. The sun sets of the era of haunting tales in stone.  What will birth from the resultant darkness?

Ceramic Sculpture by Travis Melanson

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 18

Dry Points from Bargello & ex-libris

Gene Baldini

Exhibit Statement:

TBA

NOVEMBER 24

DECK THE WALLS

A Celebration of Local Talent

Exhibit Statement:

We wish to Deck the Walls of Sunbury Shores with the incredible talents of local artisans just in time for the holiday season of gift giving.

This exhibition is open to all local artists.  The deadline for Submissions is October 24th.  Download the submission form here.

AUGUST, 2018

Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy

Michael Chesley-Johnson and More…

Exhibit Statement:

Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy is a group of nearly 30 outdoor landscape painters who live in or visit seasonally the Bay of Fundy region.  Works are landscapes in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic or gouache and have been painted plein air (on-location) during the last two years.

This exhibit will showcase work from many of the following artists:  Michael Chesley-Johnson, Theresa MacKnight, Bruce Newman, Poppy Balser, David Reeves, Joyce Morell, Barbara Neilson, Beverly Bley, Anne Johnston, Ann Oliver-Nickerson, Simone Ritter, Matt Watkins and Dale Cook.

A Good Fog by Theresa Macknight