From June 28 – September 3, seventeen artists will move from their studios to the outdoors to work “en plein air” for two-week residencies.
The City of Fredericton’s Summer Artist in Residence program returns to the outdoors! From June 28 – September 3, seventeen artists will move from their studios to the outdoors to work “en plein air” for two-week residencies. From June 28 – July 9, find Brittany Schuler at Killarney Lake Park and artists from the Fibre Arts Network in the Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park. Visitors can see artists in person while abiding by public health guidelines. For daily updates and weekly events, follow the artists’ social media below, or visit the City of Fredericton’s website for more details.
As a contemporary visual artist and arts educator, Brittany Schuler’s work rediscovers landscape through interacting light and shadow. Raised in Fredericton and educated at Mount Allison University, she obtained a BA in Fine Arts and French Studies. Brittany has a heightened admiration of untouched nature, the diversity of old-growth forests and the archetypal symbolism of trees. During the residency, Brittany will document trees through photography, painting studies, and ink sketches, as well as lead online workshops open to all.
The Fibre Arts Network (FAN) has been a collective of fibre artists for more than 40 years, showcasing and fostering great diversity through quilting, weaving, felting, spinning, and more. The network meets monthly to coordinate activities like exhibits, demonstrations and workshops, sales, and a professional development award to members. This year, seven members of the FAN will be in residence: Donna Mulholland, Karen Leblanc, Caroline Simpson, Tracey O’Brien, Jacqueline Bourque, Renata Britez, and Darcy Hunter. Each artist will spend a few days at the park and will have an interactive presence on social media through daily updates, artist talks, online demonstrations, lessons, and/or interviews.
Donna Mulholland is a contemporary fibre artist and painter who creates joyful, expressive, and colourful art. She will be working on small floral and landscape hooked wall art pieces.
Karen Leblanc has been weaving for over 40 years, working on a small tapestry loom and stitching projects using recycled tartan from old quilts. She will be weaving a small tapestry reflecting a scene from the garden.
Caroline Simpson is a fibre artist and member of numerous guilds who works with rug hooking, embroidery, and beadwork. During the residency, Caroline will work on designs of large format using natural linen backing to hook various textiles and fibres.
Caroline Simpson | INSTAGRAM
Tracey O’Brien is a graduate from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Textile Design program. She explores work that captures the diversity of the ephemeral nature of the outdoors using traditional hand spinning, hand dyeing, and weaving. During the residency, Tracey will spin and weave fleece that will be hand-dyed by plant materials found in the garden.
Jacqueline Bourque has been a fibre artist for over 25 years and is an instructor in the Textiles Department at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. During the residency, Jacqueline will stitch on botanical printed cloth at various locations in the park.
Renata Britez is a fibre artist and natural dyer originally from Brazil who graduated from the Textile Design program and the Advanced Studio Practice certificate at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She works with traditional printing methods and will explore other techniques using natural dyes and fibres.
Darcy Hunter is a quilter, teacher, and the owner of Darcy Doodle Quilts. During the residency, she will be working on an art quilt and on fabric journal covers made with natural materials from the garden.