Artist-in-Residence Joy Laking Painting Up A Storm in Parrsboro
A Creative Colony at The Sweet Brier in Parrsboro
The new Artist-in-Residence program in Parrsboro is off to a great start. The first artist was Joy Laking, one of Canada’s finest painters. Joy’s residency began Sunday Aug 13 and continued to Saturday August 26. A dedicated and highly disciplined artist, Joy was up and at it early every day and found her way to several spectacular spots along the Parrsboro Shore. The results are a new series of paintings that are powerful and truly beautiful, and this new work was seen at the Sweet Brier building, 177 Main Street, Parrsboro on Friday August 25. A large crowd was on hand and the energy in the room was fantastic. Joy was there to talk about the creation of these paintings and the new directions she is exploring. There were also several new works on display by Susan Paterson, who is known for her exquisite still life work. Susan had come down to Parrsboro to paint plein air with Joy for three days; and to add to this amazing creative mix , there was also new work by Tidnish Gallery artist Diana McIssac. What a powerhouse trio! And this was just the first two weeks of this new program!
The next artist to take up residency at the Sweet Brier is Kimmer T. (Kim Thomas) from Hubbards, Nova Scotia. After a career as a fire-fighter, Kim has made the transition to full-time artist, and she has evolved a style with haunting simplicity and evocative power. Kim arrives Sunday August 27, and will be in Parrsboro to Sunday September 10. Kim has said she is very open to people dropping into the studio during the day for conversation and to look at the work in progress.
Following Kimmer T, the next artist on site is Sharon Cave from Halifax. Sharon’s work is a major contrast to both Joy Laking and Kim Thomas . “Faces of all kinds enthrall me,” comments Sharon. “From crows and chickens to the elegance of the human face, there’s a world of emotions hidden behind the eyes.” Sharon is in Parrsboro from September 4th to the 17th, and is very excited to experience living in such a creative community.
The last artist-in residence for 2017 is Carol Morrison who hails from Oakfield, Nova Scotia. Carol was one of the juried artists for the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in June. As a biologist and an artist, Carol believes we are integral part of nature and she is very aware of the wonder of the world around us. Her work has found much inspiration from Tom Thomson of the Group of Seven, and Carol is happy to be painting again in the Bay of Fund/Minas Basin Region. She is at The Sweet Brier from Monday Sept 11 to Sunday September 24.
“This is one of our most exciting and important new programs,” says Michael Fuller, Chair of Parrsboro Creative. “As we build a new cultural economy, our ability to attract artists to come and work in Parrsboro, and to re-locate here, is crucial. The Artist-in Residence Program, as well as providing support to our Atlantic Artists, is also a great way for artists to get to know the community of Parrsboro in a more in-depth way, and we think this just might be a deciding factor for an artist, who is looking for a creative environment, to take that leap of faith and consider setting up a studio here.”
Each artist is given accommodation and studio space, free of charge, a weekly honorarium, and has the opportunity to show their work at the end of their residency. Exhibition dates and times will be posted on the Parrsboro Creative website: www.parrsborocreative.com.
“We want to provide the best atmosphere possible for the artists to explore their technique and to take their work to the next level,” comments Executive Director Robert More. “It’s another factor in establishing Parrsboro as the “go-to place” for both artistic and outdoor adventures. We’re re-defining the dynamic between art and cultural tourism,” continues More, “and this bodes well for the future of Cumberland County”.
The Artist-in-Residence Program will be an annual event, and for 2018 the Call To Artists will be sent out in November. For further information, artists are encouraged to contact Executive Director Robert More at 902-728-2007 and at [email protected]
Top Left: Joy Laking
Middle Left: Sharon Cave
Middle Right: Kim Thomas
Bottom Right: Carol Morrison