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.
The next two artists will be Sarah Petite, an encaustic painter, and Laura-Beth Bird, a theatre artists who will be collaborating with Lisa Anne Ross of local theatre company Solo Chicken Productions.
Solo Chicken Productions and Gray Rabbit Theatre Company are two local theatre companies owned by Lisa Anne Ross and Laura-Beth Bird, respectively. Solo Chicken focuses on physical theatre with the goal of making arts accessible to all, and Gray Rabbit specializes in puppetry and aims to bring Maritime-based work to the forefront. Solo Chicken’s performance history includes PIG, Pitch Black, and A Record of Us. Bird’s credits include the UNIMA Atlantic Canada 2019 Scholarship Award for Puppetry Study, and she will soon be producing "The Host," a play by local playwright Thomas MacDougall, at the Fundy Fringe Festival.
During their residency, Ross and Bird will be collaborating to create a short shadow puppet show based on art and poetry created by children at the Public Library. The projects at the library will encourage children to create art in relation to their favourite tree in Fredericton. The show will be performed at the library once the residency has concluded.
Sarah Petite is an established visual artist with studios based in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, specializing in encaustic painting (which has a base of beeswax). She has been a part of numerous group, joint, and solo exhibitions across the Atlantic region, including V, Woman of the Manor, Off the Grid, and Melponene’s Daughters.
During her residency, Petite will create three paintings of a spruce, oak, and palm tree, using encaustic paints and an abstract approach. She invites visitors, especially children, to come and experiment with paint.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019