The 2018 Artists in Residence Summer Series 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 week's artists are the returning cellist/composer Emily Kennedy and fibre art extraordinaire Kathy Tidswell.
Kathy Tidswell is a visual artist who uses a combination of painting and embroidery to craft her creations. She chaired the Fredericton Guild of Fibre Artists from 2013-2016 and has been teaching quilting and machine embroidery classes around the country since 1994, winning a Teacher Of The Year award from the Canadian Quilters’ Association in 2005. She also represents New Brunswick for the Canadian Quilters’ Association.
Kathy's work combines painting on fabric with free motion embroidery on a regular sewing machine. She creates thread paintings and wall hangings that are often inspired by nature photographs that she takes herself. You can visit her website at https://www.kathytidswell.com
During her residency, Kathy will be creating a painting of the river using fabric paints and threading, and visitors can witness how her creation progresses and comes to life as the two techniques are put together.
Emily Kennedy is a musician and composer who has performed on stages across Canada and explores classical, contemporary, and crossover music. She has performed at the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, and has been a part of Atlantic Sinfonia and Symphony New Brunswick since 2016. She is also familiar with the Artist in Residence program, showcasing her work in 2014.
During her residency, Kennedy will continue 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 will have the pleasure of listening to the pieces as they evolve.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2018