Laura-Beth Bird  is a theatre artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Bird Graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatics in 2007. Since then she has gone on to work on both Film and theatre productions in the region. Most recent being "The Amazing Race Canada; Hero's Edition" (Chase 6 Productions) "Cymbeline" (Bard in the Barracks) and "A Life of Galileo" (Theatre St. Thomas). Bird also sits on the board for Bard in The Barracks and Notable Acts and is the founder and Producer of Grey Rabbit Theatre Co.

Laura-Beth Bird is a theatre artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Bird Graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatics in 2007. Since then she has gone on to work on both Film and theatre productions in the region. Most recent being "The Amazing Race Canada; Hero's Edition" (Chase 6 Productions) "Cymbeline" (Bard in the Barracks) and "A Life of Galileo" (Theatre St. Thomas). Bird also sits on the board for Bard in The Barracks and Notable Acts and is the founder and Producer of Grey Rabbit Theatre Co.

Chris Doiron  holds a Diploma in Fine Craft – Ceramics, from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and is building his career as a ceramic artist, working in both stoneware and raku temperatures.  Moving to rural New Brunswick ignited his deep-rooted appreciation of nature’s colours and textures, fuelling his fervour for wood-firing, with its unique qualities and unpredictable results. Chris is an Instructor for the City of Fredericton’s edVentures program, and most recently, was awarded a creation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board, which will enable him to pursue his research in working with local river clays.

Chris Doiron holds a Diploma in Fine Craft – Ceramics, from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and is building his career as a ceramic artist, working in both stoneware and raku temperatures.

Moving to rural New Brunswick ignited his deep-rooted appreciation of nature’s colours and textures, fuelling his fervour for wood-firing, with its unique qualities and unpredictable results. Chris is an Instructor for the City of Fredericton’s edVentures program, and most recently, was awarded a creation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board, which will enable him to pursue his research in working with local river clays.

 

Andrii Gaidash and Natalia Haidash  are leather craft and jewelry artisans, a husband and wife team behind the Dodo Handmade Accessories.  They design and create a wide range of bespoke handmade leather bags, wallets and accessories under the brand DodoLeather and personalized jewelry under the brand DodoCharms. Their works are being sold mainly on-line via two Etsy shops where they have reached more than 5700 sales and more than 900 positive reviews from the customers all over the globe. Their items can also be found in Moka Spa Salon in Moncton, NB, Studio205 in Hamilton, ON and Dots&Loops in Lunenburg, NS.  They both grew up in Ukraine where they received their education. Andrii has a diploma of Architect Technician from Dnipropetrovsk Assembly Technikum and Natalia earned Masters degree in Business at Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. In 2012 they started their practice with jewelry making and leather craft which evolved from the hobby to full time jobs for both in the next recent years. In 2017 they immigrated to Canada and brought their creative business with them.  Andrii and Natalia reside in Moncton, NB where they work at the home-based studio.

Andrii Gaidash and Natalia Haidash are leather craft and jewelry artisans, a husband and wife team behind the Dodo Handmade Accessories.

They design and create a wide range of bespoke handmade leather bags, wallets and accessories under the brand DodoLeather and personalized jewelry under the brand DodoCharms. Their works are being sold mainly on-line via two Etsy shops where they have reached more than 5700 sales and more than 900 positive reviews from the customers all over the globe. Their items can also be found in Moka Spa Salon in Moncton, NB, Studio205 in Hamilton, ON and Dots&Loops in Lunenburg, NS.

They both grew up in Ukraine where they received their education. Andrii has a diploma of Architect Technician from Dnipropetrovsk Assembly Technikum and Natalia earned Masters degree in Business at Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. In 2012 they started their practice with jewelry making and leather craft which evolved from the hobby to full time jobs for both in the next recent years. In 2017 they immigrated to Canada and brought their creative business with them.

Andrii and Natalia reside in Moncton, NB where they work at the home-based studio.

Emily Kennedy  is a cellist, improviser, composer and collaborator based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the performance program at the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about new music, Emily recently took part in the Britten-Pears Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art program in Aldeburgh, UK, performs in electronic improv trio Terre Wa, and works with guitarist and improviser Joel LeBlanc. This past year, Emily was fortunate to be the Emerging Musician in Residence at the University of New Brunswick. She frequently performs with guitarist Steven Peacock, the Kalaya String Quartet, Pallmer, Property//, Symphony New Brunswick, and as a part of UNB's musicUNB Performance Series. Emily is active in genre-crossing projects, collaborating with poets, textile artists, and dancers. Emily teaches cello at Mount Allison University, and maintains a full private teaching studio in Fredericton.

Emily Kennedy is a cellist, improviser, composer and collaborator based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the performance program at the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about new music, Emily recently took part in the Britten-Pears Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art program in Aldeburgh, UK, performs in electronic improv trio Terre Wa, and works with guitarist and improviser Joel LeBlanc. This past year, Emily was fortunate to be the Emerging Musician in Residence at the University of New Brunswick. She frequently performs with guitarist Steven Peacock, the Kalaya String Quartet, Pallmer, Property//, Symphony New Brunswick, and as a part of UNB's musicUNB Performance Series. Emily is active in genre-crossing projects, collaborating with poets, textile artists, and dancers. Emily teaches cello at Mount Allison University, and maintains a full private teaching studio in Fredericton.

Born in Moncton, N.B. in 1982,  Natalie Légère  has been, exhibiting and performing live art, as well as reading and publishing poetry since the late 90’s. She has a B.A in Multidisciplinary Arts with Concentrations in French Literature, Fine Arts and Artistic Expression from the Université de Moncton. She started painting abstract mandalas in 2001, sold paintings at the Moncton Farmer’s Market and had her first solo show Mandala at The Moncton Public Library in 2005. She participates in group shows and creates art live frequently, including the annual Earth Day Events in Moncton. In 2012-2013 she enrolled in continuing studies courses in fine arts including photography, sculpture and drawing. During the last 3 years, she’s been in dozens of workshops on creative writing, professionalization for visual artists as well as business courses for artists though Culture Plus, ArtsLink NB, AAAPNB, Emily Carr and others. She currently has a mentorship with Barbara Safran de Niverville and is opening Galerie d’Art Natalie Légère Art Gallery on Main St. in Woodstock. She lives in Woodstock First Nations and can be found online at www.natalielegere.com.

Born in Moncton, N.B. in 1982, Natalie Légère has been, exhibiting and performing live art, as well as reading and publishing poetry since the late 90’s. She has a B.A in Multidisciplinary Arts with Concentrations in French Literature, Fine Arts and Artistic Expression from the Université de Moncton. She started painting abstract mandalas in 2001, sold paintings at the Moncton Farmer’s Market and had her first solo show Mandala at The Moncton Public Library in 2005. She participates in group shows and creates art live frequently, including the annual Earth Day Events in Moncton. In 2012-2013 she enrolled in continuing studies courses in fine arts including photography, sculpture and drawing. During the last 3 years, she’s been in dozens of workshops on creative writing, professionalization for visual artists as well as business courses for artists though Culture Plus, ArtsLink NB, AAAPNB, Emily Carr and others. She currently has a mentorship with Barbara Safran de Niverville and is opening Galerie d’Art Natalie Légère Art Gallery on Main St. in Woodstock. She lives in Woodstock First Nations and can be found online at www.natalielegere.com.

Indigo Poirier  is a musician, producer, and composer currently based in Fredericton, NB. Their solo electronic project, Wangled Teb, recently was awarded Music NB's electronic artist of the year for 2018. They are currently working on their fifth album under the Wangled Teb moniker, in collaboration with the Kalaya String Quartet, with financial support from ArtsNB. They also have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists, having performed at Third Shift as part of an installation created by Katie Foal, and at Flourish Festival as part of an installation created by Indigo and Erin Goodine. They graduated from daVinci College's Audio Engineering and Production program in 2016.  They also perform as a synthesist in all-female electronic improv trio Terre Wa alongside synthesist Erin Goodine and cellist Emily Kennedy, and they play drums in psychedelic funk-rock two-piece Helium Submarine.

Indigo Poirier is a musician, producer, and composer currently based in Fredericton, NB. Their solo electronic project, Wangled Teb, recently was awarded Music NB's electronic artist of the year for 2018. They are currently working on their fifth album under the Wangled Teb moniker, in collaboration with the Kalaya String Quartet, with financial support from ArtsNB. They also have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists, having performed at Third Shift as part of an installation created by Katie Foal, and at Flourish Festival as part of an installation created by Indigo and Erin Goodine. They graduated from daVinci College's Audio Engineering and Production program in 2016.

They also perform as a synthesist in all-female electronic improv trio Terre Wa alongside synthesist Erin Goodine and cellist Emily Kennedy, and they play drums in psychedelic funk-rock two-piece Helium Submarine.

Katrina Slade , originally from Oregon, has an undefinable urge to create organically ethereal compositions through mixed media experiments. She works in layered combinations of acrylics, watercolours, and inks. Slade’s style is described as otherworldly, non-objective, and centred in the basic elements of colour and harmony. The abstract nature of her aesthetic invites the viewer to arrive at their own unique interpretation of her work.  Slade’s evolving style is influenced by her international lifestyle, especially from her time living in Tokyo, Japan, where she fell in love with the Japanese aesthetic. World travel has been instrumental in her artistic growth. Slade is currently living and working in Fredericton.

Katrina Slade, originally from Oregon, has an undefinable urge to create organically ethereal compositions through mixed media experiments. She works in layered combinations of acrylics, watercolours, and inks. Slade’s style is described as otherworldly, non-objective, and centred in the basic elements of colour and harmony. The abstract nature of her aesthetic invites the viewer to arrive at their own unique interpretation of her work.

Slade’s evolving style is influenced by her international lifestyle, especially from her time living in Tokyo, Japan, where she fell in love with the Japanese aesthetic. World travel has been instrumental in her artistic growth. Slade is currently living and working in Fredericton.

 
Amy Ash  is a contemporary artist whose practice engages with the process of meaning-making through the connectivity of memory, learning and wonder.  She has exhibited and curated programmes in Canada, Japan and the UK, and has fulfilled roles within several arts organisations, such as: VP/Programming Chair (Third Space Gallery, Saint John NB), Learning Curator (Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK), among others. Amy has been granted residencies in Canada (The Banff Centre for the Arts 2015) and the UK (Cubitt Arts 2016, Kestle Barton 2017) and her projects have been awarded the support of groups and funds, including, The Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, The Peter McKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists and Arts Council England.  Amy has a BFA from Mount Allison University (2000) and a BEd from University of New Brunswick (2010).

Amy Ash is a contemporary artist whose practice engages with the process of meaning-making through the connectivity of memory, learning and wonder.

She has exhibited and curated programmes in Canada, Japan and the UK, and has fulfilled roles within several arts organisations, such as: VP/Programming Chair (Third Space Gallery, Saint John NB), Learning Curator (Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK), among others. Amy has been granted residencies in Canada (The Banff Centre for the Arts 2015) and the UK (Cubitt Arts 2016, Kestle Barton 2017) and her projects have been awarded the support of groups and funds, including, The Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, The Peter McKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists and Arts Council England.

Amy has a BFA from Mount Allison University (2000) and a BEd from University of New Brunswick (2010).

Julie Ashford-Smith  is the founder and current CEO of Dark Attic Enterprises, a publishing company based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. As a writer and avid reader, she plans to use her expertise to promote the amazing well of talented authors found in Canada and help guide young writers through the industry. She hopes to change publishing for the better with her company's somewhat nontraditional methods and also validate the pursuit of literature as a career path for writers.

Julie Ashford-Smith is the founder and current CEO of Dark Attic Enterprises, a publishing company based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. As a writer and avid reader, she plans to use her expertise to promote the amazing well of talented authors found in Canada and help guide young writers through the industry. She hopes to change publishing for the better with her company's somewhat nontraditional methods and also validate the pursuit of literature as a career path for writers.

Jared Betts  earned a BFA from NSCAD University in 2010 and is a New Brunswick based neo abstract expressionist. He has exhibited in over 130 group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Germany, Costa Rica and Iceland. He has exhibited at the National Gallery of Costa Rica, the Beaverbrook Gallery and last year he exhibited at the Tokyo Art Fair in Japan. Jared has taken part in artist residencies in Iceland, New Brunswick, a castle in Ireland, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. Jared Betts is the recipient of eight artsnb grants and currently works out of a studio in Moncton, New Brunswick. His work is included in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, Paris, California, China and Iceland. Jared is currently working on three upcoming exhibitions this year: 1) Images Rémanentes, a collaboration between Canada Council for the Arts, New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Galerie d'art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Galerie Sans Nom and Atelier d'estampe Imago Inc. and is being curated by Elise Anne LaPlante + Michelle Drapeau 2) Apple Art exhibition in Moncton, June 7th, and 3) A Gallery on Queen exhibition in Fredericton.

Jared Betts earned a BFA from NSCAD University in 2010 and is a New Brunswick based neo abstract expressionist. He has exhibited in over 130 group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Germany, Costa Rica and Iceland. He has exhibited at the National Gallery of Costa Rica, the Beaverbrook Gallery and last year he exhibited at the Tokyo Art Fair in Japan. Jared has taken part in artist residencies in Iceland, New Brunswick, a castle in Ireland, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. Jared Betts is the recipient of eight artsnb grants and currently works out of a studio in Moncton, New Brunswick. His work is included in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, Paris, California, China and Iceland. Jared is currently working on three upcoming exhibitions this year: 1) Images Rémanentes, a collaboration between Canada Council for the Arts, New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Galerie d'art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Galerie Sans Nom and Atelier d'estampe Imago Inc. and is being curated by Elise Anne LaPlante + Michelle Drapeau 2) Apple Art exhibition in Moncton, June 7th, and 3) A Gallery on Queen exhibition in Fredericton.

Kyla Chung  is a visual artist, born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University), receiving her BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2017. She was awarded the Frederick Hagan Passion in Paint Award at the OCAD Graduation Exhibition. Now she is based in Saint John, New Brunswick, and works both in oil and digital media, including animations.

Kyla Chung is a visual artist, born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University), receiving her BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2017. She was awarded the Frederick Hagan Passion in Paint Award at the OCAD Graduation Exhibition. Now she is based in Saint John, New Brunswick, and works both in oil and digital media, including animations.

Hilary Ladd  is an innovative soul seeking some semblance of life balance and ritual. Her days are spent juggling motherhood, a passion for all things fermented, and a never ending drive to create. Her list of artistic endeavours includes (but is not limited to) a budding sourdough business, Creature Comforts, probably brought to you by postpartum hormones, her band, Ladd & Lasses, who recently released their debut album “She Wanders”, and Turret Two Music Solutions, a consulting service for unmanaged musicians in need of administrative support. She also enjoys her day job as vocal director at the InterAction School of Performing Arts. But you can usually find her with George at their home on Queen Square doing laundry.

Hilary Ladd is an innovative soul seeking some semblance of life balance and ritual. Her days are spent juggling motherhood, a passion for all things fermented, and a never ending drive to create. Her list of artistic endeavours includes (but is not limited to) a budding sourdough business, Creature Comforts, probably brought to you by postpartum hormones, her band, Ladd & Lasses, who recently released their debut album “She Wanders”, and Turret Two Music Solutions, a consulting service for unmanaged musicians in need of administrative support. She also enjoys her day job as vocal director at the InterAction School of Performing Arts. But you can usually find her with George at their home on Queen Square doing laundry.

Jared Peters  is a contemporary artist engaged with themes of painting, history, power, and identity. He was a semifinalist in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition, and his work can be found in collections across Canada. He received a BA in History from the University of New Brunswick, a BFA from NSCAD University, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He currently lives and works in New Brunswick, Canada.

Jared Peters is a contemporary artist engaged with themes of painting, history, power, and identity. He was a semifinalist in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition, and his work can be found in collections across Canada. He received a BA in History from the University of New Brunswick, a BFA from NSCAD University, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He currently lives and works in New Brunswick, Canada.

Kelly Gwen Pleau  is a Yonsei-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, born in Calgary, Alberta. She earned her BFA in Art History and Studio Arts at Concordia University in 2015. Now, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, she serves on the Board of Directors at Connexion ARC and is preparing to launch Department of Intimates, a critically-engaged line of lingerie.

Kelly Gwen Pleau is a Yonsei-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, born in Calgary, Alberta. She earned her BFA in Art History and Studio Arts at Concordia University in 2015. Now, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, she serves on the Board of Directors at Connexion ARC and is preparing to launch Department of Intimates, a critically-engaged line of lingerie.

Jean Rooney  is an Irish born artist, living and working in the wetlands of French Lake, rural New Brunswick. In addition to 18 years as a practising artist she holds a bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking and a Masters Degree in Multimedia from Trinity College, Dublin University. She is an award-winning artist whose work is held in the permanent collection of the Province of New Brunswick. Rooney is a member of faculty at The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Canada.

Jean Rooney is an Irish born artist, living and working in the wetlands of French Lake, rural New Brunswick. In addition to 18 years as a practising artist she holds a bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking and a Masters Degree in Multimedia from Trinity College, Dublin University. She is an award-winning artist whose work is held in the permanent collection of the Province of New Brunswick. Rooney is a member of faculty at The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Canada.

Glenn Shaver  is a computer graphics designer and visual artist currently living in Fredericton. His passion for the arts started when he was very young and continues to this day, both in both graphic design and painting. He recently completed an internship at CFB Gagetown doing graphic design for the Canadian Military, and he looks forward to applying what he has learned in a full time career!

Glenn Shaver is a computer graphics designer and visual artist currently living in Fredericton. His passion for the arts started when he was very young and continues to this day, both in both graphic design and painting. He recently completed an internship at CFB Gagetown doing graphic design for the Canadian Military, and he looks forward to applying what he has learned in a full time career!

Abigail Smith  is a Saint John adoptee and professional audience member. She is a co founder of the Quality Block Party, a non profit organization that presents bi annual music festivals in Uptown Saint John. The Quality Block Party’s mandate is to support and promote New Brunswick artists and to foster a music city culture in Saint John.

Abigail Smith is a Saint John adoptee and professional audience member. She is a co founder of the Quality Block Party, a non profit organization that presents bi annual music festivals in Uptown Saint John. The Quality Block Party’s mandate is to support and promote New Brunswick artists and to foster a music city culture in Saint John.

Dawn Steeves  is a Canadian visual artist, primarily self-taught, who lives and works in beautiful downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2015, she began working full time as a visual artist from her studio in Fredericton and since then, has had multiple opportunities and many exhibitions of her paintings, including a solo show at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre (Fredericton, NB) a group exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, NB), as part of the StudioWatch: Emerging Artist Series.

Dawn Steeves is a Canadian visual artist, primarily self-taught, who lives and works in beautiful downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2015, she began working full time as a visual artist from her studio in Fredericton and since then, has had multiple opportunities and many exhibitions of her paintings, including a solo show at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre (Fredericton, NB) a group exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, NB), as part of the StudioWatch: Emerging Artist Series.

Kasie Wilcox  is a New Brunswick based multimedia artist and Director of Connexion Artist-Run Centre for Contemporary Art, in Fredericton. She graduated from NSCAD in 2014, and her concept-based art practice explores the potential of using consumer media to present artwork, in the forms of books, zines, video, sculpture, and virtual spaces.

Kasie Wilcox is a New Brunswick based multimedia artist and Director of Connexion Artist-Run Centre for Contemporary Art, in Fredericton. She graduated from NSCAD in 2014, and her concept-based art practice explores the potential of using consumer media to present artwork, in the forms of books, zines, video, sculpture, and virtual spaces.

Danika Vautour  is an emerging artist who currently resides in the Saint John area. Danika recently 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). During her time at the College she also studied photography, drawing, and painting. In her studio practice, she uses a variety of mediums to create pieces that reflect the way she sees everyday life.

Danika Vautour is an emerging artist who currently resides in the Saint John area. Danika recently 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). During her time at the College she also studied photography, drawing, and painting. In her studio practice, she uses a variety of mediums to create pieces that reflect the way she sees everyday life.