Our Exceptional Artists

Sunbury Shores is proud to host world class talent in the heart St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, New Brunswick’s premiere seaside resort. Artists join a community passionate about Art & Nature to teach and participate in leading arts courses, workshops and exhibitions.

Below features a sample of some of the exceptional talent we have been privileged to host.  Many are returning this year – see our list of courses for more info and to register for classes. To learn about instructing at Sunbury Shores, please visit here.

Cathy Ross

“Within a few minutes you can be on a shoreline or a beach where you’re the only person there and I just find that so inspiring, and it feeds your soul.”

About the Artist:

Cathy Ross was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick in a home where art and creativity were at the very heart of family life. She studied art at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating in 1982, and having been awarded an Elizabeth T. Greenshields spent the next 10 years as a print maker in studios in Calgary, AB; Providence, Rhode Island; and Halifax, NS. During this time, she felt herself drawn to the still life genre and the medium of watercolour, allowing her to explore the complexities of colour and pattern that so intrigued her.

Claudia Munro Kerr

“The landscape is extraordinary. You can go and paint in lots of places in the world but you’ll never get a tide that brings so much breath of transformation. The permutations are endless.”

About the Artist:

Claudia Munro Kerr grew up in Scotland and Spain and trained at the City and Guilds of London, the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Arts and the Grand Central Academy. Claudia holds a B.A. Honours Degree in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, England, and lives in New York with her husband and two young children.

Robert Van De Peer

About the Artist:

Robert van de Peer is the master printmaker in residence at the Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre.  He is a classically trained printmaker who graduated from London’s Royal Academy of the Arts in 1968 and later did his master qualifying studies with Master Printer Carl Bethke.  Throughout his residence at the Sunbury Shores printshop, Van de Peer has been researching and developing many aspects of safer non-toxic techniques for printmaking.

Poppy Balser

About the Artist:

Poppy Balser has always lived very near the ocean, mostly within walking distance of the Bay of Fundy.  With its great tides, rich seashore and long-time fishing traditions, the Bay of Fundy is a muse that continually inspires her.  She finds that painting en plein air enriches her paintings with a depth found only with direct observation of the subject.

Maggie Rose

About the Artist:

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.

Theresa MacKnight

“I definitely would recommend St. Andrews as a place and destination for artists to come and work with other artists and network.”

About the Artist:

Theresa MacKnight is a lifelong artist and educator. She was trained at Mount Allison University, Nova Scotia College of Art and the University of New Brunswick. She has a strong background in plein air landscape painting as well as encaustic and mixed media. She has a generous teaching style and can work with absolute beginner to more advanced students.

Michael McEwing

About the Artist:

Michael McEwing is an artist and art educator currently working in the Carleton County area of New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in Fredericton where he first developed a keen interest in the arts. McEwing strives to be an advocate for the arts in his community and in the field of education. In 2008, he along with other local arts enthusiasts formed the River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA), whose flagship event is the annual Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.

Brigitte Clavette

About the Artist:

Silversmith Brigitte Clavette has been Head of the Jewellery and Metal Arts Studio and taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton since 1985. She has also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Nunavut Arctic College, the Haliburton School of Arts and the Community College of New Brunswick in Dieppe. Her hollow ware and silver works have been shown internationally, and are held in private and public collections across the country and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Clavette became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000, won the Excellence Award for Craft from the Province of NB in 2002, and the prestigious Strathbutler Award in 2006.