June 11 – July 3, 2021
DASH is an annual exhibition of a group of distinctive artists who have a deep connection with St Andrews and the Bay of Fundy.
My morning meandering on the beach has me wandering in new directions. I have been focusing on the tenements of barnacles that encrust whatever holds still. Their clusters are full of life, vacancies, and tiny new builds. Reflections of this are in this new work.
I am grateful to ArtsNB for their funding of my project Sentinels. In this unprecedented time, we are all on watch, assessing the evolving impact of current events. We are sentinels in a society that needs to work and come together. We need not look far to see this reflected in the natural world where it is critically important for survival. The cordovan family, specific genus Corvus (the crow) have developed cooperative survival strategies. They watch out for each other. It is this watchfulness, and care for the community that is behind this work. This work is in progress, more to follow.
The works are an exploration of positive and negative space in stone of varying density.
During these most unusual times, solitude has been taken to new proportions.
I try to find joy in small moments, like propagating a small plant, enjoying my meal on a beautifully set table. Perhaps a nightcap with a good book.
Alone is not lonely.
Ann Manuel is a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking and installation. Born in Newfoundland and based in New Brunswick, Ann uses her unique sense of community and identity as themes for her art and installations in landscapes, studios and galleries worldwide. Manuel’s most recent work examines our ideas of sanctuary.
For over thirty years she has maintained a studio practice, has taught Visual Arts at all levels and served as an active arts advocate. This work has included serving on the Boards of arts organizations, as juror for Atlantic Canadian arts groups and committee work in public galleries and artist run centers.
Manuel’s art can be found in numerous public and private collections and was recently featured in three exhibitions at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. A recipient of the Eidlitz Award and Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship, she was recently awarded both artsnb and Canada Council grants.
Ann holds a BFA (Mount Allison), B.Ed., Artist in the Community (Queen’s University), and MA (University of British Columbia).
Claudia Munro Kerr grew up in Scotland and Madrid where she lived near the Prado Museum. From a very young age, her head was turned by the giant portraits of Velazquez hanging in the museum. The soulful eyes looking down at her is what motivated her painting.
Claudia has studied at the City and Guilds Art School in London, the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Arts, and the Grand Central Academy, New York.
Claudia’s inspiration is the ‘gesture’ of nature and how to harness it. Therefore her focus is captivated by all things that move: people, animals, water, clouds; these she will always paint entirely from life. Her work ranges from live portrait sittings in the studio to physically demanding ‘pleinair’ painting sessions in the field embracing nature and it’s infinite permutations of colour and shape.
Claudia also holds a B.A. Honours Degree in the History of art from the University of Bristol in England. She lives in Millbrook, New York with her husband and two children.
Once… a long time ago, Ted (Edward Eric) graduated from the Ontario College of Art and in 2019 was inducted into the Ontario Society of Artists.
His past life as an editorial illustrator and cartoonist earned many awards in the commercial art field.
More recently he was a recipient of Canada Council grant, teaching in Bacalar, Mexico. Later, in Bermuda, he was set up as Artist in Residence through the Masterworks program, where he had a very successful one-man show.
As well as painting, he still totally enjoys inking editorial cartoons for our community newspaper, the St. Croix Courier.
As an artist, I am interested in looking at objects closely and conveying my visual response to them. Something will capture my attention – a certain colour, the unique shape of a plant, or the charm of an everyday object. I then collect these things and have them in my studio as possible subjects for my work. Through careful observation, I try to convey the uniqueness and special character of each object. Sometimes elements are arranged in complex compositions, other times, I use a single subject in isolation. My paintings are meant to be intimate. I want the viewer to pause and take in the subtle joy of the ordinary and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world.
Getting lost in the weeds I tend not to see the “big picture” but rather, focus on the immediate. Fascinating me since childhood, are nature’s intimate and often overlooked details. There’s much going on in a handful of earth, a fallen leaf, a moulted feather or the stamen and pistils of a flower. Our beautiful incredibly complex natural world invites curiosity, appreciation and demands our respect and preservation. No wild imagination, but my work is an attempt to bring details of nature to eye level.