Introducing our latest FARR Program Artists in Residence!
Over the next couple of months, each artist will present their work through the EE social media channels and our website. They will each also host a public presentation that is best suited to their project – artist talks, workshops, maker’s nights, and more. Towards the end of the residencies, there will be a public Community Conversations event – more info coming soon!
Be sure to keep checking each Artist Page, which will be updated regularly as the projects develop. Photos, writing, references, links, videos – anything they recognize as part of their process will be shared here. We would also like to thank the Betty Averbach Foundation for funding this exciting iteration of the FARR Program.
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Born and raised in Little Port, Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland), Nicole Travers is a Mi’kmaw artist, creating a multitude of inspiring pieces. Nicole draws inspiration from old style beadwork found in museums, hieroglyphs, and petroglyphs. Nicole marries historical styles of beadwork with modern day techniques into contemporary form. More recently she has begun to tan various animal pelts and skins into leather using traditional teachings and has started to utilize home tanned fish skin into her art, creating sought after unique pieces.
Nasim Makaremi is an artist living in St. John’s NL, whose artwork deals with themes of sexuality, women’s experiences, and censorship. Makaremi graduated with a MSc in solid-state physics and has been painting and making artwork for 15 years. She has shown work in group exhibitions and has studied under several painting and drawing professors
Kevin Melanson is an artist who grew up in the Maritimes and has been living in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the past two years. He has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, and he loves feeding ducks and pigeons.
FARR Program 2020
In 2020, EE was excited to announce our first 6 artists selected for the FARR Program! This program is designed to be flexible, adaptable, remote, and responsive to the unique difficulties that the artists of Newfoundland and Labrador were facing in that challenging year.
Below you will find that each artist shared their art practices and projects through a frequently updated blog-style page. Each artist developed a public presentation or event, and also participated in a Community Conversation. The FARR Program will continue to highlight artists across the province while making access to art and conversation widely available to our community.
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Evelyn Roitner is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and illustrator. Originally from Aurora, ON she is now based in St. John’s, NL. In 2016 she graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration. Through traditional and digital mediums, she explores themes of identity, storytelling, place and personal mythologies.
Tangiene Martin-O’Hara is an artist and illustrator from Corner Brook, NL . She draws portraits from photographs posted by friends on social media. Her work interprets and documents the energy of an inclusive and diverse generation.
Shawn O’Hagan was born in Toronto and moved to Newfoundland in 1975. She lives and works on the west coast of the island, dividing her time between her house in Corner Brook and her cabin in the Bay of Islands. She has a BFA from the University of Guelph, a B.Ed in Art from the University of Toronto and a MFA from the University of Waterloo. She has worked with many processes and materials and for the past 15 years has concentrated mostly on textiles. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows, mostly in the Maritimes, and her work can be found in many collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.
Karen Ann Pink is a multidisciplinary artist and parent of two. They work primarily with watercolour and textile/fibre art, recently working to combine traditional art, audio recordings, and programming to create digital interactive installations. As of September 2020, Karen will continue their studies in the BFA program in Visual Arts at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. They currently live in the scenic Codroy Valley with their partner and youngest child.
Emily Critch is an artist and curator of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk Territory (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). She received her BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2018). She has completed residencies with the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, St. Michael’s Printshop, and the Inaugural MOMUS Emerging Critics Residency. Her work has been supported by Arts NL and Canada Council for the Arts. Emily has exhibited her work with Grenfell Art Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, The Rooms, the Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Iceland), and she is the 2020-2021 Don Wright Scholar at St. Michael’s Printshop.
Alex Antle is a Mi’kmaw beadwork artist from Qapskuk, Ktaqmkuk (Grand Falls, Newfoundland). She has been practicing since 2017 and has always drawn inspiration from the land and water of her home. Alex’s work is also influenced by the relationship between traditional and modern culture in Ktaqmkuk; she uses traditional beading techniques and modern designs to create contemporary Indigenous art.