The 2019 Artists in Residence Summer Series features weekly residences from local artists who will be on site to work on their creative projects, and visitors may go to the casemate to meet and interact with the artists, ask questions about their project, and observe how the artists go about their creative work.
This week's artists are Mary Grant, a rug hooker, and Melanie Buyting, a visual artist
Mary Grant is a professional rug hooker who has been practicing her craft for 17 years and has taught it since 2012. She has held the position of Past President in the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild since 2013 and has taught rug hooking courses across the Maritimes. She has also participated in the FAA’s residency program, having done so in 2014 and 2015.
During her residency, Grant will be taking suggestions for trees native to the Fredericton area and hook them into an Ingraham Family Mat, painting with wool-fabric, and yarn. She hopes to get visitors directly involved by allowing them to be part of the loop hooking and mat production.
Melanie Buyting is a self-taught visual artist, using mediums such as oils, acrylics, and watercolour to create her work. She participated in Fredericton’s Art Battle 2019 and does many residential and commercial commission works. She has submitted her work to the Isaac’s Way, Abbey Cafe, and Max Institution art auctions.
During her residency, Buyting will be creating three paintings on wooden canvases using acrylic and oil paints, and gold, silver, and copper leaf. The multiple mediums will be used to represent the changing of New Brunswick’s seasons.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019