The 2018 Artists in Residence Summer Series kicked off on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at the Soldiers' Barracks in Casemate #11. This program features weekly residences from local artists who will be on site to work on their creative projects, and visitors may go to the casemate to meet and interact with the artists, ask questions about their project, and observe how the artists go about their creative work.
This year's theme is "the river," and artists will in turn be encouraged to relate their work to the Saint John River and its colourful history, including Fredericton's most recent flooding.
The opening artists are established painter and frequent artist-in-residence Derek Davidson, and cello/violin composer and musician Emily Kennedy.
Derek Davidson is a professional, self-taught visual artist who has been painting full-time since 2009. His work is frequently showcased at Isaac's Way, and he has participated in countless live painting events, including but not limited to May Works 2015, the New Brunswick Highland Games 2014 and 2016, Art Battle 2014 and 2018, and Bridge Project 2017.
He sketches with pen and paints with acrylic and water-colour. His work involves open-air activities such as outdoor and indoor concerts, restaurant scenes, and just about anything involving people and some degree of movement.
Derek will paint in the studio and outdoors with acrylics, water-colour, and ink sketches. The paintings will be based on river sketches by Derek. The outdoor painting will especially encourage public involvement from visitors.
Emily Kennedy is a cello musician, and composer who has performed on stages across Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. She has been a part of Atlantic Sinfonia and Symphony New Brunswick since 2016 and has performed at the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival.
Emily will be composing a series of musical pieces for the cello and viola, and will workshop the pieces once they are complete. She also hopes to have them fine-tuned early enough to have them recorded during the residency. The statistics from Fredericton’s most recent flood will be translated into musical notation, including note pitch and duration. Visitors may take part in the workshopping process and have the pleasure of listening to the pieces once they are complete.
- by Charlotte Simmons, June 25th, 2018
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2018