About the Exhibition
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Saint John Art Centre and the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery.
This exhibition proudly presents the works of ten contemporary Cuban printmakers, as curated by Canadian Master Printmaker Robert Van de Peer. Van de Peer has worked with these ten artists over the past six years at the Taller Cultural Luis Diaz Eduardo in Santiago De Cuba.
In 2012, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre was invited to represent Maritime printmakers as part of an International Print Biennale held in Santiago De Cuba. Over the last few years, a body of Cuban original prints was compiled to reciprocate that honour as a recognition of the Cuban artists interest in Canada and Canadian art. This exhibition could be seen as a bridge that might well form a creative relationship between our two countries, wherein Cuban artists may wish to work here in Saint Andrews, as well as in other parts of the Maritimes.
“Cuban printmakers are limited by the availability of materials, and the most common technique that is used is the collagraph, a print made from a matrix of cardboard and glue. They have refined this process to a fine degree and it is a method of printing that is abundant throughout this exhibit. There are fewer etchings on show because copper plates are not easily available to artists in Cuba. Taller Cultural has an efficient lithography studio, but they often lack the supplies necessary to carry out the processing required for this technique, and so, the collagraph remains the most prevalent technique as the materials needed are those most readily available to the artists.
The content and nature of their creative ideas are often dream-like, romantic in many ways and have a distinct echo of Africa, brought to the island through the early slave trade. It is a colourful lineage that is also a quality found in their music and dance routines. The viewer will notice a spiritual content found in many of the Cuban prints.” – Robert Van de Peer, Master Printmaker, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre
The inaugural exhibition opens at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, Saint Andrews, then travels to Saint John Art Centre, followed by its final destination at the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, NB.
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews, NB: June 8 – June 28, 2018
Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB: July 6 -August 31, 2018
Andrew & Laura McCain Gallery, Florenceville-Bristol, NB: Sept. 15 – Oct. 13, 2018
All prints are for sale at $300.
We would like to thank our funders: the Province of New Brunswick’s Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; artsVest,
a project of Business for the Arts; and Salty Towers.