In the AX Gallery from December 1 – 24, 2022.
On December 1, join us at AX as we welcome Mug Shots to the gallery for the second year. Mug Shots is a group show that supports our charitable organization and artists through art sales, highlighting seven New Brunswick ceramics artists and potters. From emerging artists to internationally-celebrated names, this show features works by:
- Darren Emenau
- Carolyn Saunders
- Megan MacKinley
- Krysta Oland
- Danika Vautour
- Courtney Atyeo
There’s something for everyone – Mug Shots features small works that make the ideal gift for yourself or family and friends while showcasing the top-tier pottery and ceramic wares made right here in New Brunswick by professional artists and craftspeople.
The gallery will be open for extended hours during the sale, beginning on December the first.
Thursdays , 11-7
December 8, 11-9
A portion of all proceeds will go to supporting the artists and the AX charitable organization.
About the Artists
From emerging artists to internationally-celebrated names, this show presents work by Darren Emenau of Saint John, Courtney Atyeo, Carolyn Saunders, Megan MacKinley of Fredericton, Krysta Oland of Harvey Station and Danika Vautour of Quispamsis.
Darren Emenau is a New Brunswick artist whose work is rooted in contemporary art. Over his twenty-year career, he has explored surface treatments, forms, abstraction and installation. Emenau’s work has been recognized through awards, grants and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
From 2018-2021, Emenau’s work was featured in four large solo exhibitions: The University of Maine Museum of Modern Art in Bangor, ME, USA; The Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB; Saskatchewan Craft Council in Saskatoon, SA., and Jones Gallery in his home city of Saint John, NB, Canada.
Three catalogues of his exhibitions have been published, with a retrospective to be released in 2023.
Carolyn Saunders is a Fredericton-based potter and artist, originally from Cape Breton. They moved to New Brunswick in 2018 to attend the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and are a graduate of the Ceramics Diploma program (2022) and the Foundation Visual Arts program (2019). Carolyn sits on the board of Connexion ARC as chair of the programming committee and co-chair of the fundraising committee, and they work at the Lunar Rogue Pub as a bartender and server. Carolyn’s work is often inspired by nature and the ephemeral state of the planet. They are most likely to be found outside digging up clay, rocks, and dirt to use in their next project.
Megan MacKinley is a studio potter living and working in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After completing the Ceramics and Graduate Studies programs at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, she opened her own studio.
Krysta Oland is the owner and potter of Morning Sun Pottery on the East Coast of Canada. Krysta has been working with clay since childhood, playing alongside coastal waters. For the past ten years, Krysta has been growing her pottery and selling it throughout the Maritime provinces of Canada. She developed her forms and glazes after a blend of private lessons and college ceramic courses at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Krysta’s pottery studio is in her home nestled into the gentle hills enveloping the village of Harvey Station, also in New Brunswick. She is a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council.
Danika Vautour is a Canadian visual artist who returned from her life abroad in 2020. She specializes in ceramics and has been working with the material for over five years. She graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she received her Diploma in Ceramics (2017) and her Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (2015). Over the years, she has been involved with numerous exhibitions and collaborations both nationally and internationally. She continues to be recognized for her work and has received a number of awards in her professional career.
Courtney Atyeo was born in Fredericton, N.B. and was raised in the countryside of Maquapit Lake. Growing up on the water, she has always admired the movement of life, the constant changing of her surroundings and the beauty of nature, and has found inspiration through the landscapes of her travels. Courtney is currently living in Stanley, N.B with her partner Louis. For the past 5 years, she has worked on creating a sustainable lifestyle on their homestead.
Courtney built her own pottery studio last year; it is situated between huge maple and cedar trees, providing her with an intimate environment where she can be creative. Surrounded by trees and gardens, and with a river not far away, Courtney always has something to help flourish her art.