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The Chester Art Centre welcomes Marley Johnson as our second Artist in Residence.

Marley is an emerging artist and a graduate student at Concordia University. He completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and studied at Cooper Union Visual Arts In New York. He began his studies in visual arts at Western University in London Ontario and then transferred to NSCAD in 2015. Marley has completed two residencies starting at the Lunenburg School of Art followed by the OUGallery in British Columbia.

Working out of artist Dolly Hancock’s studio in Chester, Marley will spend the next two months developing his Vitality Project, combining his material practice with gestural painting. By using dyed canvas with organic materials as grounds he depicts scenes that capture the desire to collect and gather. He sees a similarity between the activity of dyeing fabrics and the activity crowds produce that suggest transcended experiences. His intention is to capture in essences this vitality within a pictorial space.

Marley also plans to share his talent and ideas with the community. Marley will conduct a workshop on creating a collage mural on canvas. The Open Studio workshop will take place at the Chester Art Centre, on October 12 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Ages 13+ Pre-registration a requirement. At the end of his residence, Marley will showcase the work he has created during his time in Chester with an exhibition at the Centre in early November.

The continuation of the artist-in-residency program is exciting and rewarding for the Art Centre, made possible by the Donald Curley Fund, established in memory of the internationally known Chester artist upon his death in 2009. Funded by contributions from friends and family, as well as the proceeds from the Donald Curley Lecture Series held every winter at the Art Centre.