MEET OUR 2021 ARTISTS

Adrienne Guptill

Adrienne Faye is an Island woman who is inspired by the beauty of the landscapes offered by Grand Manan, and the raw nature of its inhabitants. Having held pencil to paper since childhood, she has long held a fascination with capturing reality and creating a little of her own.

Adienne graduated from NBCCD in 2012, and has been painting, sketching and illustrating commissions ever since. From portraits to landscapes, to the fantastical; acrylic, ink, pastels and now watercolour. Adienne has sought to experience and share art through her unique perception of life.

Adrienne calls her show Lost World, and she says, “When I first wore glasses I saw the world how everyone else sees it. I wish these was an equivalence that could allow others to see the world as I do. It is much brighter, much deeper, and full of living things hiding in clouds, wood knots and rocks. Consider this show pieces of the Lost World, where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary.”


Brenda Rayner

Grand Manan born and bred, Brenda enjoyed a hairdressing career for 32 years, and then decided to take on the challenge of schoolbus driver. Her intention was to be a part-time driver until a chance at full time presented itself and now, 17 years later, still find myself enjoying children and driving them back and forth to school each day.

About a year ago, Brenda joined an art class that was being offered on Grand Manan. She says, “I am a novice , but I have totally fallen in love with painting. I love watercolor art, so it is my medium of choice; however, I find it very challenging. I also love photography, especially birds, so I look forward to spending many more hours in the foreseeable future chasing birds, or set up in my little art room painting. So much to look forward to!”

Brenda’s email address is brayner194@gmail.com.


Charlie Savedoff

Charlie was born and raised on Long Island, New York. After attending an Outward Bound school in southern Colorado at the age of 20, he was inspired to live in natural surroundings where outdoor activities like mountain hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and sailing could be enjoyed. He left Long Island and moved to British Columbia, Canada.

Attracted by the beauty of Vancouver and the wilderness of Western Canada, Charlie started his career and family. He worked as an executive in an engineering firm specializing in waste energy recovery systems. Later he founded a company that optimized energy savings in limekilns. When he was semi-retired he co-founded a woolen goods manufacturer that designed blankets and clothing. Enjoying retirement, Charlie now lives with his wife Deborah on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Artist Statement

The unconscious is powerful especially when it eclipses a conscious state of mind. My work expresses my unconscious much like in a dream or imaginative meditative state.

I work in mixed media. My works are primitive and capture the simplicity and innocence of child-like drawings. I work from sketches that delight me and re-work them, instinctually, always trying to simplify. My line drawings inspire my paintings and finished works.

My lack of formal training keeps my work honest. There is no striving for effect. If I am lucky, my paintings or drawings will conjure a simple primal feeling in the viewer. I want my work to be light and carefree.


Dale Cook, SCA

Dale has filled her life with creativity from an early age. It defines her as a person and brings fulfilment and meaning to her every day. As with her parents, she has always been resourceful and found true satisfaction from creative efforts. According to Dale, “We grew up with the attitude that if something needed fixing, or building, we would learn how to do it ourselves.” And that is what led Dale to painting. It has been a journey of study and practice. Dale has been accepted as a juried member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Oil Painters of America, American Society of Marine Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Dale says, “People often remark on how talented someone is. I believe that if the desire is there, then it is the effort that results in growth. And sometimes, you connect with the spark of creativity that results in great art.”

In 2009, a year-long project had a significant impact in Dale’s career. She created a series of paintings based on food security – stories of people’s struggles in third world countries. This resulted in the Art of Sharing collaboration with PWRDF and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which Dale is happy to discuss in further detail at any opportunity.

For many years, Dale has painted landscapes, still life, figurative art, plein air painting but is always drawn to painting her favourite subject: water.

Dale’s recent paintings focus on her beloved Maritime shores. She captures the colours and movement of the azure water and breakers and the activity of the seaside. Dale uses her skills to bring alive her appreciation of the beauty and connection with “Memories of summers swimming at the lake, running on the warm sand of the beaches, the chill of the Atlantic numbing our legs, the smells, sounds, evoking excitement, peace, joy and above all, a sense of home has instilled a deep and profound connection with water and the shore.”

Dale lives in Quispamsis with her husband Bruce, and together they have raised three adult children, each with their own creative skills. Dale continues to study art and enjoys creating new pieces in her studio and en plein air.


Helen Shideler, SCA

I am a painter based in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Painting in oils, acrylics and watercolours – whatever medium feels right to capture an image the way I see it. I have always lived close to nature and am a lifetime animal lover. My adventures to explore nature include having my camera almost always at hand and painting En Plein Air when weather permits. I try to capture images that resonate with me by creating detailed natural and colourful paintings.

Over the years, I have developed a distinctive style. I think this is because I have always approached my painting process as sculpting with paint. The majority of my work is created in a series. This is intentional as I work to explore the subject – often painting similar ideas in a variety of mediums. One painting will lead to another and then another…

The joy is in the challenge. The combination of complexities and the need to get it right. Constantly striving to hold myself to the highest standards. And yet, I subscribe to the philosophy there is nothing you can’t fix, you just have to go for it!

My work is included in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and in the US. Having always been an active participant in regional and national art events and organizations, my work has been included in numerous invitational and juried shows across Canada and now online as well. This participation has presented me with numerous exhibition opportunities, recognition and awards, including Best in Show. To date, I have held nine solo exhibitions.

I am a Signature Member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), a Board Member of International Watercolour Canada, Interim President of the New Brunswick Craft Foundation, and a Member of the Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy.

I invite you to explore my online home (www.helenshideler.com). Here you will be able to view my paintings, read about my artistic journeys, painting process and watch for upcoming events.


John O’Donnell

John, whose passion for taking pictures began on a trip to Italy in 2006, is largely self taught in the art of photography. Most of his photos take inspiration from the daily goings-on and the natural beauty surrounding both his home in Vermont, and his summer home on Grand Manan.

Relatively new to the world of photography, John spent most of his previous adult life teaching physics at Vermont Technical College, coaching baseball and hockey, and raising a family in Central Vermont.

Though John has multiple ties to the Maritimes, he didn’t discover Grand Manan until the winter of 2007. One trip was all it took to decide it was the place to buy a home by the sea. It was on Grand Manan that John developed a keen interest in birds, aquatic mammals, the patterns of the waves, and the beauty in barnacles, all common subjects in John’s photographs. While John loves capturing the play of fog or light on local landscapes, he also delights in discovering the magic of the minutiae in things like tide pools or wildflowers.


Kateryna Kryvolap

Kateryna is an artist originally from Ukraine who now makes her home in Saint John, NB. She was raised and educated in an artistic family where she found her passion for fine art which was being passed from generation to generation.

Kateryna creates fine art of various styles, and her inspiration most commonly comes from Petrykivka, the ancient Ukrainian decorative folk art which is included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Petrykivka technique is unique due to the extensive use of fine-tipped brushes made of cat fur.

Her paintings are composed of numerous elements which reflect the spirit of the Ukrainian soul. Birds, flowers, and guelder-roses represent happiness, health and wealth. Her positive mood and powerful energy are transferred through her artwork to customers and collectors in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, and the Ukraine.

Kateryna regularly participates in international exhibitions throughout Europe and North America. Her website is www.kryvolap.ca.


Kelley Joyce-Floyd

Kelley is an emerging artist from Quispamsis, New Brunswick. She is a life-long learner, who is fascinated with, and inspired by, the endless wonders of the natural world. A creative person since she was very young, Kelley started focussing on acrylic painting in 2014. Most often described as ‘happy art’, Kelley’s work is best known for its bright colours and playful movement. Having a strong sense of place, much of her art is focussed on the local flora and fauna of the Canadian Maritimes. Her work is collected across Canada and the US.

Her exhibition Super Natural showcases her fusion of the natural world and fantasy. Largely influenced by her Maritime surroundings, real-life subjects are ‘suped-up’ with a liberal dose of fun, saturated colour and whimsical brush-strokes, expressing her emotional connection to her subjects.


Morag Walsh

I moved to New Brunswick in 1970, and having grown up in the Orkney islands, one of the island groups off the North Coast of Scotland, the sea is in my blood, and Charlotte County was a natural fit for me.

Over the years I have painted in various media, but have found Watercolour to be my love. It is well suited to capturing the changing scenery of the coastline around here. Not having had any formalized art training, my works are mostly intuitive. Whether depicting waves, flowers or even a still life I strive to express my delight in the world around me, and hope you, the viewer, can share this with me.

Recently my husband and I downsized and moved to Saint John where we were fortunate enough to find a view of the harbour. Some of my paintings are still on view in Saint Andrews in “Serendipin’ Art” on Water Street, and in the Saint John Art Club Gallery in Brunswick Square. They are, also, to be seen online via moragwalsh.com.

Any questions? Please call 506-652-1465


M.J. Edwards

MJ is a multidisciplinary artist with degrees in English Literature (Mount Allison, 1984), Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (NSCAD University, 2007), and Education (UNB, 2009). She grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and spent her childhood summers on Grand Manan where she has lived full-time since 2007.

MJ says, “Living in the woods overlooking Whale Cove, I find the daily reality of being surrounded by the natural world, with its processes of growth and decay, where land meets sea, strongly influences the subject matter of my art. My work as a museum director and curator and my background in literature also keep me mindful of the passage of time and processes of narrative construction. These and other preoccupations and concerns show up in my art, whether it be in my ink drawings, my documentary photography, my digital montage photography, or my encaustic, oil and cold wax, or acrylic mixed-media paintings. I am curious on many levels and cannot contain myself to one subject, one medium, or one point of view. Life is too complex for that and demands more than one way to delve beneath the surface of the multitude of ideas or feelings that keep arising.”

MJ’s encaustic paintings often incorporate scraps of old documents, photographs, steel engravings, flowers and other flotsam, ephemera and detritus of daily walks, as she creates imaginary landscapes, constructs new narratives, or explores the medium’s sculptural and textural possibilities. In recent years she has also been painting in oil and cold wax and acrylic mixed media, creating paintings that explore the passage of time, transience, surface texture, space, and place.

Although she began her artistic explorations more than 20 years ago with a 34 mm Nikon camera and macro, wide angle and telephoto lenses, her more recent photography is digital and explores photographic montage, narrative construction, memory and nostalgia, and the built and natural environments.

She has exhibited her paintings, ink drawings, prints and photographs at galleries, libraries and museums in Kingston, Halifax, Saint John, Fredericton, Hampton, St. Andrews and on Grand Manan Island. Two portfolios of her encaustic mixed media paintings and digital photography have been published in the Still Point Arts Quarterly (Shanti Arts, Brunswick, Maine), and she has been featured in seven of their quarterly publications since the Winter 2016, Issue No. 24, and she received both an Award of Distinction and a Best in Show for digital photography submissions. Work in various media can be viewed on her website (www.mjedwards.ca), at her Rocky Corner Studio on Grand Manan, and on Facebook at Rocky Corner Studio. She is currently represented by The Gallery on Queen in Fredericton.


Roger Gilman

Roger has enjoyed an art practice that spans several decades. His formal training took place at Mount Allison University, University of Windsor and McGill University where he earned a BFA, MFA, and a Graduate Diploma in Art Education. Over the years he has explored photography, installation art, and sculpture.

During his professional career he was a board member at an art gallery in Windsor, Ontario, he was employed in an educational capacity at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, and he was an art educator in public, private, and international schools including Rothesay Netherwood School, Bishop’s College School, and the British Columbia International School in Bangkok, Thailand.

As a child growing up in St. Stephen, Roger spent quality time on the water. His grandfather built his own 42 foot fishing boat and his father had a speedboat. He has fond memories of jigging cod off the shores of Grand Manan, water skiing on local lakes and fishing for trout from brooks and streams.

When he returned to Canada from Thailand in 2013, Roger opened a tattoo shop in St. Stephen. The history of tattooing is rich, and much of that history is linked to the sea and nautical themes. Many of his clients are fishermen who make their livelihood on the Bay of Fundy.

Roger says, “For some time now I have considered doing a series of acrylic and watercolour paintings based on nautical themes using my tattoo flash as source material. The images are working designs for tattoos which I have done on local fishermen. In the end various nautical images fit together like a jigsaw on the human canvas. My clients often end up with complete sleeves (arms) as well as back and chest pieces. The completed tattoos create a compelling narrative that engages the viewer. The drama of life on the sea, and the linking to generations past that serve to illustrate our unique culture. I envision the completed paintings to be proportional to the human body providing compelling narratives of adventure and challenge that the viewer can share in.”