Local Watercolour Paintings and Basketry Weave Summer Residencies to a Close

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Rachel Watters and Lisa Fullarton are the last two artists-in-residence at the Barracks casemates this season.

Photo: Downtown Fredericton

As the 2016 Artist in Residence series nears its end, the final week of the program will feature New Brunswick-inspired art created by returning basketmaker Lisa Fullarton and watercolour artist/graphic designer Rachel Watters.

Rachel Watters has run her own photography business highlighting New Brunswick’s beauty since 2007. She is also a painter and has experience drawing. Rachel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004 and a Diploma in Graphic Design from New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2009.
The summer-long theme of the Artist in Residence program is New Ground. Watters, a new mother, would like to explore the idea of motherhood as a new beginning, as well as defining the ‘home’ through watercolours and ink. She will engage the public by starting conversations about motherhood and the definition of “home” (as well as how quickly that definition can change).
Watters plans to use her watercolour style, which is very expressive, to focus on the idea of what it feels like to start a new life as a mom. “My work will explore the emotions that come with this new beginning and how it redefines you as a person and redefines your idea of home.”

Lisa Fullarton is a recent graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Aboriginal Visual Art program, after a change of career. She has been making baskets for about three years and has already been in residence this summer from June 20 to 26, alongside author Mark Jarman. Lisa is working on a basket which is made from local New Brunswick roots and is exploring New Ground by using “familiar, found, and traditional/regional” basket making materials. Through basketry, Fullarton is connecting her personal experiences of coming to new spiritual and physical places in her life.

The casemate will be open on Labour Day (Monday 5 September) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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