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 Vanshika Khaitan, a visual artist, and Laura-Beth Bird, a theatre artist.
Vanshika Khaitan is an emerging visual artist who is rapidly building a profile in the arts community. A student at Fredericton High School, this will be Khaitan’s third time in the Artists in Residence program, having participated in 2017 and 2018. She has been teaching art to young children for two years and sells her paintings at Isaac’s Way and The Abbey Cafe, where 50% of her earnings fund art lessons for children.
During her residency, Khaitan will be creating an acrylic canvas painting of trees, and plans to incorporate tree-based materials into the painting as well. Khaitan will invite members of the public to contribute other nature-based materials to her painting.
Laura-Beth Bird, owner of local theatre company Grey Rabbit Theatre Co., specializes in puppetry and aims to bring Maritime-based work to the forefront. 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 her residency, Bird will be designing and building the puppets and set for a new work entitled “The Coleman Frog,” written by Jason McIntyre. She will build a full wooded background and a lake for the action to take place on, and multiple puppets for the show.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019