Meet our 2020 Artists

ROGER GILLMAN
Meet the Artists 01Roger 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.”


CHARLIE SAVEDOFF
Meet the Artists 02Charlie Savedoff 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 began his career and family. He worked as an executive in an engineering firm specializing in waste energy recovery systems. He founded a company that optimized energy savings in limekilns, and later co-founded a woolen goods manufacturer that designed blankets and clothing. Retired, Charlie and his wife Deborah now live on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.

Charlie believes that the unconscious is powerful and can eclipse the conscious imagination. His work bypasses the conscious and expresses his unconscious much like in a dream. His sketches and paintings capture this meditative state.

Charlie’s images are primitive and resemble child like drawings. He says, “I work from sketches that most delight me and rework them, instinctually, always trying to simplify. These simplified drawings inspire my paintings and finished works. The fact that I have no 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. I want the works to be light and carefree.”

Charlie has exhibited in Portland, Maine and Grand Manan Island. His work is enjoyed in private collections, world wide, from Israel to Vancouver. In 2014, he was a featured artist in Stone Voices, a quarterly arts magazine published in Maine.

DALE COOK
Meet the Artists 03Dale Cook 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, Dale has always been resourceful and found true satisfaction from creative efforts. “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 and in 2018, Dale was accepted as a juried member of the SCA, Society of Canadian Artists.

“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.”

Dale also believes in encouraging others to discover the joy of painting. She co-created the St. Paul’s Community Art Club in Rothesay, NB, a local artist’s group that hosted workshops as well as an annual show and sale. Encouraging others to overcome that initial fear and to develop their artistic skills was, and still is, a part of Dale’s objectives.

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 the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

For many years, Dale has painted landscapes, still life, and figurative art, but she is always drawn to painting water which is her favourite subject.

Dale’s recent artwork, The Lure is based on scenes of her beloved Maritime shores and on the wordplay; to entice or bait. Whether the artwork highlights the azure water colours and frothy foam, or the activity of fishermen as they reap the harvest of the seas, Dale uses her skills to bring alive her appreciation of the beauty and connection with what she describes as “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. Now semi-retired, Dale enjoys spending as much time as possible in her studio.


KELLEY JOYCE-FLOYD
Meet the Artists 04Kelley 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 focusing 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 focused 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
Meet the Artists 05Morag arrived in New Brunswick from Scotland in 1970, after marrying a Charlotte County man. Since then she has lived within sight of the Bay of Fundy, an ever changing view which has been the inspiration for many of her works.

In addition to sea and landscapes, Morag enjoys painting flowers, pets and still life subjects. She has taken workshops with many well known Maritime artists, but is primarily self taught. She has worked in various media, but enjoys the challenges of watercolour most of all.

Morag has participated in many local art shows. Some of her work can be found in the Serendipin Arts gallery in Saint Andrews. Her work can also be seen on her website www.moragwalsh.com.


M.J. EDWARDS
Meet the Artists 06MJ is a multi-disciplinary 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.


JOHN O’DONNELL
colored(1)satJohn, 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.


Stewart Stein
Meet the Artists 08We are delighted to have Stewart and Emily showing their work together in our first-ever Father-Daughter exhibition.

Stewart Stein is an award-winning photographer based in Toronto, and recently a 2019 recipient of a Blue Ribbon from the International Federation of Photographic Art. His passion for photography began with the discovery of a Bakelite developing tank in the basement of his family home in Montreal. Used in pre-digital days to process 35mm film negatives, the tank belonged to Stewart’s father who used that opportunity to teach him the basics of film photography including darkroom photography. While Stewart’s “darkroom” is now in his computer, the magic of capturing images and processing them is still as enticing to him now as it was at age 11.

Stewart has traveled extensively including annual trips to spectacular Grand Manan since 2013 when he first visited to take a watercolour painting workshop with Barry Coombs. Stewart says, “Stepping off the ferry the first time reminded me of the summer vacations we took as a family in Old Orchard, Maine. The connection to Grand Manan is a link back to some really joyful times.”

The painting workshops also provided extensive opportunities to explore GM with his camera and a constant pursuit of images that capture his visceral connection to the island. Of special interest are the weathered heritage structures, the unspoiled nature of the island and its wildlife.

Light figures prominently in many of Stewart’s interests whether photography, watercolour painting or astronomy. Careful observation of the interplay of light and shadow inform both photography and painting. As for astronomy, “Grand Manan has wonderfully dark skies and if you know where to look, you can see one of the most distant objects observable with the naked eye…the Andromeda Galaxy. When a photon of light from Andromeda crashes into the retina at the back of your eye, it is ending a journey that started 2.4 million years ago. Pretty thrilling stuff!”


EMILY STEIN
Meet the Artists 09Stewart’s daughter Emily is a naturally talented artist and has been from a very young age. She has an extensive and varied portfolio.
Skilled in many different media, Emily is frequently called upon for commissioned work. She uses her keen sense of observation and translates it into a range of art from realistic images that could be mistaken for photographs to fantastical “cosmic” images.
While Emily has no formal artistic training she uses the world around her as her tutor and has used it exceptionally well. She finds inspiration within life’s everyday objects, and discovers wonder in the unlikeliest of places – and elevates them to artistic works which invoke a sense of curious “interconnectedness”.