Arcade Albert. Born in Caraquet in 1935, Arcade had an outstanding career as an architect including projects such as the Richibucto Church, the Assomption Complex in Moncton, hospitals in Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston and Tracadie and a major addition at the Dr-Georges-L-Dumont Hospital. own personal residence in Shediac Bridge. Upon retirement, as a way to further pursue and explore esthetic concepts and creative design, somewhat close to architecture, he became interested in stone sculpture. Whether his works exhibit forms of distilled simplicity or intense complexity, the aim is to strive for proper equilibrium between solids and voids and to arouse an emotional response, based on whatever the work suggests.
Rob Bartlett lives in the St. Andrews area, and has been sculpting in stone intermittently for 20 years, preferring to work in local maritime stone. Much of his work is done in reaction to the the shapes and ideas inherent in the raw stone. He also paints in oils and acrylics.
Anita Corbett lives in Apohaqui, NB and is currently vice-president of the Sussex Art Club and likes the learning opportunities, ideas, and fellowship that artists share. Her artwork has been shown at various art shows in the region. Anita finds that her art is very much inspired by nature and her mind is constantly creating artistic images from the countryside around her. She hopes to continue getting these images captured on paper, canvas, and even in stone.
Léo-Paul Cyr lives in Grand Falls, N.B., Canada. He is Professor Emeritus of Art Education at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Maine. During his teaching career, he taught in the Public Schools of New Brunswick, Canada, at Columbia University, Teachers College, New York where he was awarded the “Outstanding Teacher Award” recognition in 2003, and retired from the teaching profession at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2012. Léo-Paul holds a Masters of Arts degree in Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, Halifax, Canada and a Doctorate in Art Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York.
Léo-Paul’s primary medium for sculpting is stone sometimes combined with wood and metal. His energy for creating comes from a strong belief that as human beings, we live amongst things and are things in the mist of things. Our minds are fashioned as much by what things make of us as by what we make of them. At the beginning of a long succession of experiences, he meets a thing imbued with a potential to be charged with special energy and thereafter, to embody new meanings and symbolic functions. While creating, he mediates between the new and the acquired, intuition and imagination, conflict and coalition, doubt and certitude.
Within this creative act, things then become an otherness speaking with a special resonance of culture, form, time, space, motion, and presence that is extremely rich. By paying attention to this multiplicity of voices things murmur, and by making that dialogue an invitation for divorcing ourselves from the sheltered, the obvious and the familiar, things push us to imagine a new world.
Jessie Davies is a Saint Andrews sculptor. Her interest in the environment and natural world inform her work. Her work incorporates simple, natural curves and images from the natural world. She attempts to emphasize the natural beauty of the stone in her designs. Jessie works primarily in alabaster and enjoys using stone from the Maritime Provinces.
Daniel Eastman began carving cheese when he was seven. Slight detours led him to teach physics for 17 years. Carving was an interstitial activity taking courses in Italy and other schools in the USA. Retired from those diversions he returned to his first love to earn a degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in sculpture/installation. “I have worked all my life dreaming into reality objects in three dimensions. Every thing that I do I see as a creative art form. I am continually delighted to discover and release figures I have been able to find in these stones.”
Brian Frost: A stonemason with an eye for art, Brian began sculpting stone twelve years ago with an inspiring group of fellow carvers. Brian’s biggest secret to the almost mirror-like finish of his pieces is his four children, who occasionally show up for a visit just in time to help before a sculpture show.
Nafsika Krasanski was born in Greece and studied Mathematics at the University of Patras. Nafsika’s sculptures reflect a strong connection with nature and an appreciation of Mathematical Topological concepts.Nafsika has started sculpting since 2006 with a variety of stones. She started with limestone and she has advanced to St. George Granite. Each sculpture she creates is the result of the direct carving on stone that she finds either in her farm or in abandoned quarries in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. She starts working with the stone until she is satisfied of the form it calls.
Susan Lazor began sculpting in 2011. She enjoys the challenge of revealing what lies within each stone, and often draws inspiration from nature.
Anita Punamiya juggles multiple hats – she is an artist, an entrepreneur, a part-time professor and a lifelong learner. She believes that at heart she is a creative person and her creativity underlines all her work. Armed with a Bachelors in Science and Law and a MBA in International Business, Anita does not have any formal education in art but has been actively engaged for decades with various forms of art including drawing, painting with acrylic, pastels, oil, watercolors, photography and most recently stone carving. Her introduction to stone sculpture was a one-day workshop at the International Sculpture Symposium in Saint John in 2014. Absolutely loving that experience, she followed up with other similar workshops working with soapstone and alabaster. Now hooked on stone sculpture, she spends most of her free time in her garage, which has been converted into her sculpture studio. Born in India, Anita moved to New Brunswick in 2004 after having worked in the Middle East for 10 years. She travels annually to spend time with her family who live outside Canada, but is happy to call New Brunswick home.
Ken Waiwood is a stone artist in Chamcook, NB. His main interest is turning stone using alabaster and anhydrite he gathers from various quarries in the Maritimes. He also sculpts in stone and bronze. He was involved with the inception and organization of Sculpture Saint John. He is a member of New Brunswick Crafts Council and has exhibited his bowls locally, nationally and internationally. Ken was recognized in 2013 by Sunbury Shores for his exceptional contribution for the promotion of the arts.
Also exhibiting: Mike Cawley, Eveline Gallant Fournier, Shawn Robinson