Writer in residence: Ian Ferrier

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Main & Station is very pleased that writer and performer Ian Ferrier is once again in Parrsboro for a writer’s residency.  You might remember Ian from one of his previous residences: he has taught several writing workshops here and in 2013 he came here with For Body and Light, a contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert and, on that occasion, featuring the dancers Linnea Gwiazda, Marie-Pier Gilbert, and Marie-France Jacques.

At the end of their residency, For Body and Light wowed Parrsborians with their first performance of Coming and Going in our secondfloor gallery. The dance-music-poetry performance was created during the previous weeks while in residence at Main & Station and was inspired by the local environment and lore and especially by the tides coming and going in the Minas Basin.  Since that time the company has taken Coming and Going across Canada and to New York City. They have also created and performed several other works, including Bear Dreams which they worked on while Nonesuch artists in residence at Techno-Lith (New City Gas) in Montreal.  Ian has now also published books based on these performance works, Coming and Going & Bear Dreams.

The books are available for purchase at Main & Station.

While in Parrsboro Ian is working on a documentary about the wild paper pickers of Minas Basin.

For more information about Ian and what he does, take a look at his website http://ianferrier.com, the Wired on Words website http://wordsandmusicshow.com, and the For Body and Light website http://www.forbodyandlight.org

Sarah Beth Goncarova in residence

 Sarah Beth Goncarova has returned to Parrsboro for a 2 week residency at Main & Station.  You might remember Sarah Beth from her beautiful installation What Gifts the Rain May Bring which was featured in our secondfloor gallery in 2014.

While she is here Sarah Beth is working on a sculptural installation in West Bay and doing research for an upcoming commission at Still Waters Pond, an unplugged retreat in Voluntown, Connecticut, USA, http://www.stillwaterspond.com.

You can find out more about Sarah Beth and her work at http://goncarova.com

Artist in residence: Shelley Freeman

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You can meet Shelley Freeman during her artist talk on Thursday 26 October, 7:30 pm in the Nonesuch Café at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.

Shelley Freeman is a visual artist with family roots in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, B.C. and England. She grew up in Hudson Heights, Quebec, surrounded by art created by her great-grandfather, grandfather, grandmother, mother and 2 brothers.

For the past 18 years, Shelley’s painting has focused on interpreting empty spaces that exist within natural phenomena such as caves, rocks, water and ice formations, and man-made structures such as abandoned mines and tunnels. She is an active caver and combines hiking and travel with research into the underground.

I am intrigued by the idea of the “underground landscape”: it is difficult to see, confined, absolute and claustrophobic, in contrast with a terrestrial landscape that presents itself to us as distant and limitless, extending laterally and heavenward with no apparent boundaries.

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Shelley states that it is not simply the visual representation of underground and underwater spaces that interests her.

She is also concerned with illusion, ambiguity of scale, the juxtaposition of light and dark masses, and the combination of figurative and abstract elements in the same composition.

Shelley is currently working on a series of paintings depicting deep areas in pools of water. She says “the underwater world may be perceived as empty, even though in reality, it teems with colour and movement, sometimes too subtle to be visible at the surface.”  She plans to use her time in resdiency to explore new ways of incorporating more abstract elements into her compositions.

For more information about Shelley and what she does, check out her site  http://www.shelleyfreeman.ca

Writer in residence: Katrina Maloney

Katrina_MaloneyWe are delighted to welcome Katrina Maloney as Nonesuch writer in residence during the month of September at Main & Station. Katrina lives and writes in southern New Hampshire and, while here, is thrilled to be dedicating her time to the second volume of letters from her great grand aunt who was in Russia from 1917-1919.  s386686241581639622_p2_i2_w640The first volume Dearest Ones at Home: Clara Taylor’s Letters from Russia, 1917-1919, came out in 2014, published by  SheWrites Press, Berkeley, CA.  Katrina is also the author of Strong Women and Horses: poems, published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY.

You can find out more about Katrina on her website, http://www.katrinamaloney.net, and by attending her presentation in the Nonesuch Café at Main & Station on Saturday, 16 September at 8pm.

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Artist In Residence Brian D. Cohen: Artist Talk & Workshops

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Main & Station Nonesuch is eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Brian D. Cohen for a Nonesuch Art Residency this September.

Brian D. Cohen is an educator, artist, and writer. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure.

As a printmaker, Cohen has shown in over forty individual exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Fresno Art Museum, and has participated in over 150 group shows.  His books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the United States, including Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Stanford Universities, Middlebury, Smith, Wellesley, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth Colleges, the University of Vermont, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and the Philadelphia and Portland (Oregon) Museums of Art, as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the United States Ambassador’s residence in Egypt.  Cohen was the first-place winner of major international print competitions in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, and was awarded the Best Book in Show at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair.

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Cohen is also the illustrator of two popular natural science books, Reading the Forested Landscape and The Granite Landscape, and is a frequent contributor of artwork to literary reviews and other publications, including the Paris Review.  A book of his work, Brian D. Cohen: Etchings & Books, was published in 2001. His writing on prints, books, and arts education have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art in Print, Parenthesis, Vermont Views, and other print and online journals and magazines.

 

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Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to meet Brian at his artist talk on Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm and to learn from him at one of his Plein Air Watercolour Workshops on Saturday or Sunday, September 16 and 17, from 2 – 4pm.  See here for more info and to register…    Workshop Info

 

 

 

St. Clairs in residence: Artist talks & Workshops

Main & Station is very pleased to have artists Bruce St. Clair and Lori St. Clair in residence.

This week Bruce and Lori will each be offering an artist talk and a workshop:

Painting Realism_ST.Clair_posterWinner of NAOPA’s 2016 People’s Choice Award, the Wellington Church Award, for his painting Three Gables, Bruce St. Clair has 50 years of painting experience and has been teaching teaching drawing and painting for 35 years.

Bruce studied at the Ontario College of Art and has gained national and international attention as one of Canada’s foremost realist painters.  To learn more about Bruce St. Clair and what he is doing and where, please visit his website  http://www.theegallerystclair.ca

 

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Lori St. Clair comes from a Graphic Design background with a photography major and started her journey into the arts on a professional level. She has exhibited her work throughout Ontario, including the Parliament in Ottawa, and has won awards for her photographs, for illustration, and for her paper pulp sculpture.

Her passion is teaching anyone and speaking to everyone about the power of creativity in our lives and the need for it in our world today. Lori enjoys the enchantment that surrounds the arts created through our partnership with imagination. She has taken her passion for the arts, and also for collaborative pieces that build co-operative teamwork and interdependency, into schools and art programs in the community to cultivate a hospitable, nurturing environment that encourages exploration, experimentation and growth.

To learn more about Lori St. Clair and what she is doing and where, please visit her FaceBook page L.V. St.Clair   

Macromareal (a rising tide lifts all boats)

Main & Station is delighted to have Sydney Lancaster & Scott Smallwood here in residence with us again for the implementation of their collaboration, macromareal (a rising tide lifts all boats).

Meet Sydney & Scott at the exhibition opening and reception on Saturday, 12 August from 4pm – 8pm in the secondfloor gallery at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.

The exhibition remains open until 26 August.

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In 2016 the team were here on a Research & Development Residency to plan and develop a multidisciplinary project that explores “both the limitlessness of the tide’s ebb and flow, and the limits of human capacity to comprehend time on that immense scale”….http://hmsnonesuch.com/2016/06/21/a-nonesuch-collaborative-residency-lancaster-waldron-smallwood/

During this Nonesuch Residency, the team will Continue reading