July 9 – August 7, 2021
Anne Johnston & Jerome Andrews
Opening Friday, July 9, 5-7 pm | Harbour View Gallery
In Painting Fundy: A Lifetime Obsession, the artworks featured in our Harbour View Gallery this month represent a lifetime’s work from Anne Johnston and Jerome Andrews. Both artists have spent the majority of their lives living along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. As dedicated painters and advocates of the natural environment—with the endless changing moods and views of the coastline and horizons—there are always some new moments to capture.
Whether they are studies of waves and weather, portraits of boats or buoys, working scenes or moments of quiet reflection, both artists capture the atmosphere and Down-East feels of this part of Canada.
These scenes could not be a reflection of anywhere else. Smallholdings and tiny fishing outports, rugged rocky headlands and unspoilt beaches, ancient gathering grounds still abundant in wildflowers, and the feel of the wind and blue chop of Atlantic waters. Looking at these images, you can smell the salt, the pungent wrack and dulse, and hear the gulls crying overhead.
But are these scenes that will remain? As fishing declined, waters rise, warm and species shift, forests are cleared, lands purchased and developed, and more contaminants find their way to the sea—these environments are at risk at a growing rate.
These observations of a lifetime’s fascination may play a role as documentation of passing times. As we engage with these images, let us remember those who came before, and conserve for the following generations with respect and caring for the coast, seas, and all of its inhabitants—past and future.