In partnership with Windsor House of St. Andrews, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre is proud to present The Studios by the Sea: Artist in Residence program open to local, national and international practicing artists from November 2018 through April 2019.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated by a selection committee. To apply, visit

February/March 2019

Bernard and Lucie Quintal

Bernard Quintal:

Artist’s Statement:  “I primarily work with watercolours, acrylics, and oil. I also use a mixture of techniques including impactor, pouring, dripping with different grounds, gels and pastes. I like to paint realistic and abstract images of seascapes and woodlands.”

Bernard Quintal is one of the first artists to take up our new “Studios by the Sea” residency challenge, which was initiated in 2018. Sunbury Shores  have been impressed and excited with his focus and progress on his chosen work.  He has attended for a total of 3 weeks, dedicating over 180 hours to active practice.

Bernard has pushed himself to explore new techniques and expand his scale and vision to create a series of images, with very measurable success.  He has created a vibrant and highly appealing body of work, with a clear goal for future exploration and development.

We have very much enjoyed being part of this process, and will be happy to offer him a place in our Artists in Residency Exhibition for 2020.

Lucie Quintal:

Artist’s statement:  “I am an emerging textile artist who does hand hooked surface art. I create my works by drawing on burlap or linen.   I combine recycled fabrics, garments, hand-spinned yarns, hand-dyed yarns and natural fibers to establish interesting colors and contrast in textures, bringing my sketches alive. I make original hooking designs from observations, imagination and memories. My work comes from my soul, intuition is my guide. I love to play with colors, textures and different heights and thicknesses of loops as I hook. I enjoy the playfulness of my art.

My works are described as abstract realism. Whether it is a seascape, a cityscape or flowers, I want the viewer to feel happy in the moment, taking a respite from the chaos of everyday living. I also want the viewer to discover the diversity, richness and characteristics of the fibers.”

Lucie Quintal  is also one of the first artists to take up this challenge, and she too has dedicated a total of 3 weeks, with over 180 hours to active practice.

Lucie has found great inspiration in the stories and dialogues she has encountered during her time with us, and this has greatly informed her approach to her hand-hooking.  She has pushed herself to increase her scale and the language potential of her medium beyond her already highly successful use of colour and texture.  She has developed a new initiative for her next project/collection, moving forward to new levels of application.

Watching this process has been a privilege for all of us at Sunbury Shores,  and we look forward to her exhibiting in our Artists in Residency Exhibition for 2020.

April 2019

Mary Elizabeth Duggan SCA CFS


Artist’s Statement:  “Plein air is an important part of my artistic practise. I consider my plein air efforts to be my eye-witness and emotional response to a locale. For many years, I did these in watercolour. But with my media change to acrylics I struggled with determining ways in which plein air could be a vital contributor to larger work and not just an end in itself. Primarily, I use it as foundation painting and reference but, in 2005, remembering the colour theory exercise, I thought why not change how a plein air panel is viewed by changing the context? What would happen if I amended the nature of that context – made it very personal? Following a lot of experimentation, I finally developed a process. In 2012, I exhibited my first Contextual polyptych, ‘Land Values II’ (shown above).

The Contextual painting is not a mosaic and it is not the contiguous placement of pieces of an existing or pre-conceived image. The approach works because the context is deliberately very personal; my knowledge, my memories and my imagination each comprise the panels that surround, juxtapose with and visually absorb the plein air panels. The original orientation of the plein air is ignored as everything merges to form an integrated awareness of land. This evolved image is a highly personal understanding of place.”

©2012, April, Mary Elizabeth Duggan


Mary Elizabeth Duggan  is one of the first round artists to take up this challenge, and we have been impressed and excited with her focus and progress.  She has attended for a total of 4 weeks, accomplishing her goal and considerable extra material.

Mary Elizabeth has spent extensive time exploring our local terrain – both along the Fundy Coast with it’s tidal changes and reveals, as well as inland along rivers and deltas.  Her exploration of the ocean floor has been informed through seasonal changes – from early April snow fall with misty airs and icy whites melting into red shales – to Spring sunshine when the water’s become lucid and vibrant in tones.

Duggan has worked on a 16-panel painting using an approach to interpreting landscape that she calls ‘Contextual’ painting.  Her  landscape polyptych evolves an integrated awareness of land to realize the artist’s personal understanding of place, with perception being affected by the exterior factors that inform it.

The conversation between her multiple panels has been intriguing to engage with.  Her painting has ebbed and flowed with the tides, moving through exposures to gradually reveal the truth of what lies beneath and below on the ocean floor.  Seaweeds flow and swirl the viewer back to the source and focus of the painting, before leading the eye on a new cycle.

We have very much enjoyed being part of this process and will be excited to have her work in our Artists in Residency Exhibition for 2020.

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