Rae Marie Taylor, Post-Residency Thoughts

It was a pleasure to have Rae Marie Taylor with us for a Nonesuch Residency during the month of September. Despite weather disruptions Rae gave two outdoor poetry readings and managed to accomplish much of what she hoped. Below is her brief summary of the residency and what she took from it…

First BEach BeginningIn spite of Hurricane Dorian and being evacuated for a week (from cliffside cabin to apartment in town), the time at Main & Station for the research for my long-term multi-disciplinary project “Steady Against the Absurd. Kinship at the Core” was wonderfully rich!

First Beach Reading. Kinship in a Broken WorldThe beaches of the Bay of Fundy offered themselves as perfect sites for two readings, the first on First Beach then on Partridge Island beach where the intention of us finding kinship with the earth and each other was nourished. Many Thanks to all who walked with me for the performance! And to Judith for the video!

Partridge Island AFTER reading

PHOTO: Allen Shepherd

Being evacuated gave unexpected extra time to the development of Parts 2 and 3 of the poetry scenario, through simply writing and two wonderful interviews with Parrsboro women whose work gives them insight into both violence, healing and kinship between men and women.

GD Partridge Island reading

PHOTO: Allen Shepherd

Warm thanks for their willingness to share their thoughts.


From its inception I have seen this scenario accompanied by an installation.

The Fundy Geological Museum, the Carboniferous cliffs near Parrsboro, as well as Joggins Cliffs and Judith and Harvey’s Black Rock beach were all perfect – at low tide of course!! – for my intended study of fossils and documenting them for material for an installation in process that will create a timeless “place” for the poetry scenario’s performance in exhibit settings. On horseback with Bill Gilbert or on foot, the upending of the earth, fossilized raindrops and ripples, cyanobacteria fossils (the first bacteria on the earth), and a dragonfly fossil are all powerfully inspiring material!

Seaweed Splash Writing and Research materials

Another research focus was gathering natural materials which have now found there way to my studio in Montreal: dulse, tidal grasses, wild paper, kelp, and lichen and bark from Shoreline Spruce broken by the hurricane.

Thomas Cove_Although not initially a focus for the project, the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy never escape notice! Meeting with Sandra Currie at FORCE, (a center for harnessing tidal energies for clean energy), was wonderfully valuable for deepening my grasp of our planet’s rotations, and our possibilities.

All this of course with peace, lots of thinking, fun in and out of the studio, and daily amazement, alone or with the welcoming people at Main & Station and in Parrsboro.

Pietà (asemblé)


Then there was, the incredible density of stars at night.. dew in the sun, the daily presence of heron, eagles and raven…more than a little bit of wild that strengthened my rapport with a Canadian land.  And finally, all’s well that ends well, the satisfaction that my Raku sculpture “Pietà, ” has found a permanent outdoor home with Main & Station.


PARTITIONS TEXTILES : An Exhibition of works by Caroline Ariane Bergeron

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at Main & Station

168 Main Street, Parrsboro

Caroline Ariane Bergeron is a visual artist based in Montreal. Her project-based approach incorporates a broad range of techniques; presently her focus is on using pictograms and typography to form her own visual language. Her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions mainly in Montreal, most notably in Atelier Circulaire, Galerie Port-Maurice, L’Artothèque, Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, Diagonale, Art Mûr and Dare-Dare.  For more information about Caroline and what she does, visit her website…




If you would like to meet the artist, Caroline will be present at the Opening Reception and available to talk about her work. She will also be giving an Artist’s Talk ~ 5:30 pm.

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ARCHAEOTEXTS : MARK ANDREWS Exhibition Opening & Reception


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Nonesuch artist in residence Mark Andrews works exclusively on paper, combining natural minerals with pigments, powdered graphite, oils and beeswax which are pressed, incised, burnished and polished. His work is concerned with creating a gestural lexicon and archiving it through repetitive mark-making to sediment native Canadian oral culture landscape place-names and elder-stories.

In 2017 Mark was awarded the Nonesuch Art of Paper Griffintown Award for his painting Raven Brings Universal Light.


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expo blockMark studied printmaking and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), and painting and drawing at York University under Tim Whiten, Bruce Parsons and Claude Breeze. He won the “New Faces: Artists’ Choice” competition in Toronto for his large scale black (graphite) drawings. Selected group and solo exhibitions include the A-Space, York University, Glendon College, and Harbourfront Galleries in Toronto, and Belgo Arts, the Gallery at Victoria Hall and Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards group shows in Montreal and Parrsboro.

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