MEET OUR PAST ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Inbal Newman is a Wisconsin-born printmaker and sailor based in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York (2013), and a Master of Design from the Interdisciplinary program at the Ontario College of Art and Design (2020).
Between sailing voyages she has taken part in lectures, residencies, and exhibits throughout the U.S. and Canada. Inbal was selected as the Lunenburg School of the Arts Winter 2021 Artist-in-Residence, and will participate in the exhibition Crafts___Ship at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax in February 2023.
Renée Brazeau (she/they) is an artist and educator living and working in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Their art practice explores a variety of areas including textiles, drawing, painting, teaching, and community-based projects. They have facilitated arts-based workshops through Wonder’neath Art Society, NSCAD Extended Studies, and the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia. Renée holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, as well as a Master’s of Arts in Art Education from NSCAD University.
Curtis Botham is a large-scale charcoal artist who graduated from NSCAD University in 2017. He has won numerous grants and awards, including NSTT scholarships, the Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, and numerous grants from Arts Nova Scotia and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. His artwork has been displayed in galleries around Nova Scotia. His previous artwork dealt with heavy industry in Pictou County, where he explored the origins, impacts, and labour involved in the products that make up our lives. While in Chester, he’ll apply the same approach when depicting the local aquaculture industry and community.
Elise Campbell is a felting textile artist and educator who works with wool, silk, and other fibres to create sculptural and wearable art. Originally from the Pacific side of Canada, she now lives on the Atlantic Coast and draws much of her inspiration from the movement of the sea, the creatures that dwell within it and the flora, fauna and fungi of the forest. The versatility and sustainability of wool is what draws Elise to fibre as a creative medium.
Elise is the owner and operator of Full of Wool, a small fibre art company based in Stillwater Lake, NS. She specialises in silk dyeing, one-of-a-kind wearable art and garments, seasonal decor and inclusive felting workshops. She is a PAINTS artist and her pieces have been awarded Distinguished Artist, Best Emerging Artist, People’s Choice Award, and have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Carson Tarnasky holds a bachelor's degree in Design from the University of Alberta and has worked in various sculptural mediums. After completing the year-long sculpture studio practicum at the Banff Centre, he attended a month-long stone carving workshop in Italy, creating a sculpture for public display in the municipality of Gramollazo. Having lived, and working in Lunenburg for three years now, he wishes to work with the community and teach various sculptural workshops.
Carley is a textile artist from Pictou County, Nova Scotia and currently based out of Halifax/Kjipuktuk. She completed her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and went on to receive her MA from the Royal College of Art in London, England in 2018. Her work focuses on the versatility of textile processes such as rope-making, knotting, and netting, and how they can be translated for a wider audience. While teaching various workshops as well as classes at NSCAD University, Carley continues to work on collaborative research projects while simultaneously continuing her own art practice. She hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of textiles applications, continuing to collaborate with designers, makers and engineers, and to encourage non-textile artists to use these structures in innovative ways.