Sustained

Work by Denise Violette Michaud

July 26 – September 7

Sustained

A sustainability-focused group exhibition featuring the work of Carole Lulham, Danielle Saulnier, Ralph Simpson and Denise Violette Michaud

Launch: Friday, July 26, 6:00pm
End: Saturday, September 7
Artist Talk: Friday, September 22, 7:00pm

Join us in the AX Gallery on July 26 at 6:00 p.m. for the opening of Sustained

Sustained features the work of four New Brunswick artists—Carole Lulham, Danielle Saulnier, Ralph Simpson and Denise Violette Michaud, who work predominantly with natural and salvaged materials, repurposing them for the sensory experience of viewers. Their creative processes adhere to sustainable practices, be it through ethical material sourcing, reuse and recycling of discarded textiles, or environmentally safe procedures. 

Sustained runs from July 26 through September 7.

About the Artists

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Carole Lulham

Carol is a mixed media and mosaic artist who moved to the Maritimes in 2018, following work in Alberta in plant sciences and post-secondary education. Carol has practiced mosaic for over twenty years. Inspired by the Bay of Fundy, her work focuses on working with the rich geological, geographical and historical elements available on our doorstep. Her larger scale works are designed to withstand our harsh climate.

 Carol has had five solo art shows, participated in group shows, attended four art residencies, led a two week cultural mediation project and community murals, completed three outdoor commissions for NB communities, completed recreational teaching at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and other art centers, is a professional member of AAAPNB (Association of Professional Acadian Artists of New Brunswick) and Craft NB and participated in international mosaic symposium and shows. The path to becoming an artist later in life is full of twists and turns, and affords rich and unique connections with individuals and communities.

Danielle Saulnier

Originally from Hearst in Northern Ontario, the artist studied in Ottawa before moving to Kedgwick, in the heart of the Appalachians, in 1996. Since 1994, she has explored Art as therapy after her master in Group work, Family and Community by using the visual arts as a therapeutic tool.

Danielle teaches creativity and self-expression using the Journal by combining spontaneous writing and drawing, Mandala and Collage. She gives workshops using different tools for self regulation of the nervous system to develop resilience.  The emphasis is on the creative process, not the result, as to encourage self-esteem from within.  It is therefore an indispensable tool for overcoming difficulties and accessing intuition and also parts of us with the inner wisdom of the heart.

The artist therapist also uses ‘Mindfulness’ and Coherence Breathing with children, adolescents and adults.  These approaches are scientifically proven to help with stress management, anxiety, depression and addictions.  Danielle has worked in Mental Health and in a number of art projects, including a community garden and a collective kitchen in partnership with various community organizations for breaking isolation and preventing addiction.   Danielle enjoys leading emotional support groups using textiles such as hooking, weaving, embroidery and journaling.  For the past twenty years, she has also given courses in stained glass and glass fusion.

Recently Danielle is exploring implementing an Art Hive (LesRuchesd’art.org) in her community…

Photo Danielle Saulnier

Photo by Serge V Richard

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Denise Violette Michaud

Denise Violette Michaud is a textile and ceramic artist.  She lives and works in Drummond, New Brunswick.  After high school, she trained in horticulture at the Institut de technologie Agro-Alimentaire de St-Hyacinthe (ITA), Québec.  Her career in horticulture continued until the arrival of her children, when she and her husband formed a company, DDMV Multi-Service Inc., offering a variety of commercial services.

 

Parallel to her cleaning business, Denise pursues her creative passion and works in jewelry making, small ceramic pieces that lead her to larger pieces, such as vases and sculptures.  Self-taught, she learned about ceramics by manipulating basic materials.

Surrounded by fabrics from childhood, as her mother was a furniture upholsterer, Denise has always been drawn to textiles – their textures, colors and patterns.  Textiles are part of her DNA, and it’s by working with them that she weaves art and craft into her artistic medium of choice.

Denise works her emotions and the intensity of life through creation, it’s a vital need.  By transforming and incorporating objects with a previous life, she weaves their history into a new existence.

Ralph Simpson

Nationally acclaimed Canadian plant fibre artist, Ralph Simpson has developed an innovative method of weaving, bending and sculpting plant fibre into sculptural forms.   

Ralph is an award-winning artist with grants from Arts NB and Canada Council, short-listed for the Salt Springs National art Prize (2021) and his work has been accessioned into Collection ARTNB, New Brunswick’s permanent art collection (2023). Ralph holds an MSc. from UNB in Forest Research Biology, and a Diploma in Fine Craft from NBCCD. Informed by the sciences and his acquired technical expertise his intricately woven pieces reflect the fields and forests around him.

He was born in Hillsborough, New Brunswick and currently resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick and works full time in his studio there, exhibiting his work locally and internationally, attending residencies and giving workshops. Ralph chooses to work with locally sourced, sustainable materials and he forages his own plant fibres using environmentally sustainable methods. 

The flora of New Brunswick informs his work and his creative process. His designs arise from his interpretations of nature and have evolved from traditional basketry, to vessels, and botanical sculptures. His process results in a contemporary manifestation of his connection with plants in their natural habitat. His work varies in form and style but what resonates in all his work is an underlying investigation into ways that plant materials can be used to spark interest and insight into the natural world. 

His personal motivation arises from a deep connection with nature and a reciprocal need to promote environmental sustainability.  

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Photo by Emily Rioux

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for supporting this exhibition.

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Professional and emerging artists/artist teams working in all mediums are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for solo, group, or curates exhibitions. The deadline for proposal submissions for next season has passed, but we accept proposals year round for later dates.

AX is committed to developing, supporting and promoting exhibition opportunities and experiences for New Brunswick artists from established and underrepresented communities. In choosing exhibitions, AX seeks a balance of established and emerging artists, exhibiting works fro our region and beyond. AX is also dedicated to exhibiting children’s art and student work created in local-area schools and through our own programming.

AX offers an average of six exhibitions a year and strives to pay artists fair compensation for the right to exhibit their work. We include artist fees based on national CARFAC standards in all grant applications so there fees can be paid to artists whenever possible. AX’s exhibitions are selected by a rotating panel of respected artists and art educators knowledgeable in the discipline involved. The selected juries base their decisions on the artist’d statement and images submitted as part of exhibitions proposals.

While you may suggest a curator as part of your proposal, AX is under no obligation to pay this curator or work with them directly. In your proposal, please clarify if you are willing to work with a curator of AX’s choosing. If you are proposing a curator, please include their credentials along with your proposal.

All artists interested in submitting an exhibtion proposal should also refer to our sample artist agreement before submitting as it clarifies requirements assiciated with exhibiting at AX.

In your proposal, please include:

  • Contact information (name, address, phone, email, website)
  • Are you applying for a solo artist show, a group show, or a show you will curate?
  • Title of your proposed exhibiton
  • Approximate number of pieces and dimensions
  • Project description (max. 500 words), including:
    • artist statement
    • concept for proposed exhibit
    • what are you trying to achieve
    • Note: If you would prefer to present your project description by video, you may upload a 2 to 3 minute (maximum) video clip to YouTube and share the link with us.
  • Arts resume/CV (no more than 3 pages)
  • Artist biography, including training and exhibiton history (no more than 500 words)
  • 10 digital (JPG) images of work with an accompanying numbered image list specifying title, media, dimensions, and year of work. Can send images on a USB stick, through Dropbox.com or WeTransfer, or by email – website links to supplementary visual materials are also welcome. Images submitted by email must be no larger than 1024 pixels at the longest dimension, adn no more than 150 dpi. 

Applications may be submitted electronically to: admin@axartscentre.ca (please include AX Exhibition Proposal int he subject line of the email). Or mailed/dropped off in person to:
AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex
12 Maple Ave., Sussex, NB E4E2N5

Preparing a proposal? Have a look at our gallery dimensions and photos for context. If you have any questions about the proposal process, contact: admin@axartscentre.ca