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Alex Colville

Alex ColvilleAlex Colville was a Canadian painter and war artist, born in Toronto, Ontario in 1920 and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He attended Mount Allison University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He experienced his first major successes while still a student when he was featured in an exhibition at the Art Association of Montreal (now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) and another at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Just before graduating in 1942, Colville enlisted in the Canadian Army and served at various Canadian bases before being sent to Europe. He became an official war artist in 1944 and sketched and painted everyday life in the army. His sketches and paintings document the war efforts in England, and later, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and finally at the Belsen concentration camp. His paintings depicting the Royal Canadian Navy’s landings in southern France are among his best-known works from this time.

After being decommissioned in 1946, Colville taught fine art at Mount Allison University until 1963 when he resigned to pursue his art practise full time. While there, he inspired the next generation of artists like Mary Pratt, Tom Forrestall, D.P. Brown and Christopher Pratt. As one of Canada’s best-known contemporary artists, Colville has been collected and exhibited widely and been involved in a number of national projects. In 1951, he had his first solo exhibit at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John. This exhibit is a milestone in his career as it was also the first time he gave a public lecture, the first time his work was written about in the press and it was the first artwork he sold to a public collection.

In 1966, his work was included in Canada’s entry at the 33rd Venice Biennale and in 1967 he was commissioned by the Canadian government to design the coins minted to celebrate Canada’s centennial. He was honoured with the Canada Council’s Molson Prize in 1974 and in 1976 he was awarded the Governor General’s Medal. In 1978, he became part of the artists stable at the Mira Goddard Gallery in Toronto, which proved to be a very beneficial relationship with a commercial gallery. In 1983, the Art Gallery of Ontario mounted a retrospective exhibition which toured around Canada, Europe and Asia and was the first exhibition by a living Canadian artist displayed in Japan. Another major retrospective was mounted by the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1994 and in 2000 when the National Gallery of Canada celebrated his 80th birthday with an exhibit of his life-long achievements. In 2003, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia organized a touring exhibition Alex Colville: Return, Paintings Drawings and Prints 1994-2002. In 2014, the Art Gallery of Ontario mounted the largest exhibit of the artist’s work to date and which has the distinction of being the AGO’s best attended exhibition in the institution’s long history.

In 1991, Colville was named to the board of directors at the National Gallery of Canada and was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. A Companion of the Order of Canada since 1982, he received another Governor General’s award in 2003. In 1973, Colville and his wife moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he served as chancellor of Acadia University for over 10 years and where he would reside until his death in 2013 at the age of 92. He is remembered as one of the greats of Canadian Magic Realist painting.


Eaton, Robert. Before an Attack, August 2016.

Burton Glendenning

Burt GlendenningOriginally from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Burton Glendenning is a Fredericton-based photographer. Formerly an archivist with the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, he has also been a member of the National Archival Appraisal Board and the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. He studied mechanical technology at the New Brunswick Institute of Technology in Moncton and he later earned his MA in history from Loyola College at Concordia University in Montreal. He began to pursue an interest in photography and graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He continued developing his craft through an internship at the National Gallery of Canada and by attending numerous workshops with acclaimed New Brunswick photographer, Freeman Patterson. Glendenning is a founding member of SilverFish Photography Collective and has participated in over 40 group exhibitions at the UNB Art Centre, the City of Saint John Gallery, Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax, Government House in Fredericton and Sunbury Shores Nature Centre in St. Andrews to name only a few. This year marks his 20th year with the group. His first solo exhibition Fredericton: Then and Now was held at Government House and the Provincial Archives in 2000.

In addition to his achievements in photography, Glendenning is also an accomplished writer and has authored pieces for the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and The Canadian Encyclopedia. His written work has primarily focused on the local and regional histories of New Brunswick. Though he is retired and has devoted himself to the family orchard, he continues to work as an archival researcher, writer, and consultant and remains active in the Fredericton arts community.



Catherine Hale

Catherine HaleCatharine Hale was born in 1927 and grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a forerunner of an emergent generation of feminist artists interested in the politics of women’s work and the reclamation of the domestic arts. She studied art in her youth at the Observatory Art Centre with Lucy Jarvis and Fritz Brandtner but really did not begin to practise in earnest until after her divorce in the late 1960s. Her early fabric works capture the spirit of the 60s with funky colours, textures and dimensional designs. As her work developed, she began to create two-dimensional assemblages pieced together from fur capes, vintage lace, and assorted embellishments that she had found at estate sales and in rummage bins. These studies in white and black evoke a romantic era of balls, symphonies and opera. By the 1990s Catherine Hale was producing three-dimensional works from found objects in black exclusively. In these she plays with ideas of memory, death, music, loss and transformation—themes that have occupied the artist throughout her life. She earned the title “Gothic Matriarch” from a film of that title made by independent filmmaker Cavelle MacDonell in 2011.

Catherine Hale is a prominent figure in Fredericton's art community, and was one of the founding members of Gallery Connexion, now Connexion ARC. While she has had many important exhibitions, she was honoured with a major retrospective at the age of 84 by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2011, Catharine Hale: Between the Spirit and the Dust.

Catherine Hale has also exhibited at the UNB Art Centre. Her first solo exhibit entitled Requiem was in 1998 and her second, an exhibit entitled Memento Mori featured 17 works the artist donated to the University of New Brunswick in 2016. Catherine Hale’s works can be found in the public collections of The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick Museum, the UNB Permanent Collection, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, New Brunswick Art Bank, Ottawa City Hall, Christ Church Cathedral and in many private collections throughout North America.



Chris Giles

Chris GilesChris Giles is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. With a background in Electrical Engineering, he studied photography at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and graduated in 1998. He has worked and exhibited in the field of photography and was a longstanding member of the Fredericton based photographic collective, SilverFish. His work has been featured in many exhibits and he has participated in a number of projects at the UNB Art Centre including 4.99 (1999) and Smoke in the Mirror: Reflections of the Holocaust (2005).

He joined the New Brunswick Filmmakers Co-op in 2006 and has become a much sought after DOP (Director of Photography) working on many films that have been produced and screened at Fredericton’s Silver Wave Film Festival. He has participated in the Fredericton Arts Alliance Artist-in-Residence program (2008) and received two Emerging Artists Grants and two Creation Grants from artsnb. His Filmography includes shorts Illusions of a Thirsty Mind (2006), Song for the Homefront (2006), Birth of a Nicola (2008), and Venus in Flames (2013).

He has also worked with several of Fredericton’s dance and theatre companies including Bard in the Barracks to produce two feature length films King Lear (2011) and Macbeth (2011).  He has also worked with a number of choreographers and dancers to film performances. These include Her Blameless Mystery (2010) with chorographer Lesandra Dodson and dancer Suzanne Chui, and Sahara, a piece with dancers Stephanie Grace and Sarah Power which was performed at Third Shift Contemporary Art Event (2016). He has also produced music videos for the Fredericton based group Motherhood.

In addition, Chris has been a long-time member of the experimental music scene in Fredericton performing with many groups including Furnace Hour, Lilac Affair, and most recently Helium Submarine. He currently works at the New Brunswick Art Bank.



Julie McIntyre

Julie McIntyreJulie McIntyre is a Canadian print and fibre artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Much of her work incorporates scenes of ‘unextraordinary’ domestic objects to capture an extraordinary life. McIntyre bases her work on memory, inspired by her grandmother, who travelled the world on cargo ships.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario but continues to participate in a variety of experiential education programs. She has attended the Summer Studio Program at the Banff Centre in Alberta, the St. Michael’s Workshop in Newfoundland, the Open Studio Extension Program at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Malaspina Printmaker’s Workshop on Granville Island, BC. She has taught workshops across Canada and was the artist-in-residence for the Vancouver School Board and an instructor with the BC provincial program, ArtStarts in Schools. As an advocate for the arts, she was elected President of CARFAC BC and also became Treasurer for the national association. In 2014, McIntyre won the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Arts Board Member of the Year.

With a career spanning over thirty years, McIntyre has participated in over 40+ juried exhibitions both within Canada and internationally. She has exhibited at the Architectural Institute, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto, the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, the International Print Exchange Exhibition in Yokohoma, Japan and the National Museum in Beograd, Yugoslavia.

The work featured in this episode was purchased from the exhibition Personal Stories held at the UNB Art Centre in 1995.



Roger Smith

Roger SmithRoger Smith is a photographer and instructor living and working in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1968) and a Master of Science in Plant Pathology (1973) from the University of New Brunswick. He began taking photos during his Masters degree and went on to become a scientific photographer for UNB’s Biology department until he retired from photographing specimens for classes and research in 2011.

Smith is a member of the Photo Fredericton camera club, joined the SilverFish Photography Collective in 2001, and has shown in all 40 of the SilverFish exhibitions. In 2001, he became a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council (now Crafts NB), and in 2007 presented a retrospective of his work at the Charlotte Street Art Centre. Smith has taught Photography at UNB’s College of Extended Learning and workshops with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He has most recently begun teaching scientific photography at the Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Research Station.

For the last 15+ years, Smith has been the official photographer for the Newfoundland and Labrador Mushroom Foray. He is a respected and much sought after photographer for the documentation of artist’s works. These can be seen in publications produced by Goose Lane Editions, Gallery 78, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick.


by Ted Hughes


Mightiest, like some universal cataclysm,
Will be the unveiling of their cenotaph:
The crowds will stand struck, like the painting of a terror
Where the approaching planet, a half-day off,
Hangs huge above the thin skulls of the silenced birds;
Each move, each sound, a fresh-cut epitaph –
Monstrousness of the moment making the air stone.

Though thinly, the bugle will then cry,
The dead drum tap, and the feet of the columns
And the sergeant-major’s voice blown about by the wind
Make these magnificent, their souls
Scrolled and supporting the sky, and the national sorrow,
Over the crowds that know of no other wound,
Permanent stupendous victory.


Secretest, tiniest, there, where the widow watches on the table
The telegram opening of its own accord
Inescapably and more terribly than any bomb
That dives to the cellar and lifts the house. The bared
Words shear the hawsers of love that now lash
Back in darkness, blinding and severing. To a world
Lonely as her skull and little as her heart

The doors and windows open like great gates to hell.
Still she will carry cups from table to sink.
She cannot build her sorrow into a monument
And walk away from it. Closer than thinking
The dead man hangs around her neck, but never
Close enough to be touched, or thanked even,
For being all that remains in a world smashed.


Truest, and only just, here, where since
The battle passed the grass has sprung up
Surprisingly in the valleyful of dead men.
Under the blue sky heavy crow and black fly move.
Flowers bloom prettily to the edge of the mass grave
Where spades hack, and the diggers grunt and sweat.
Among the flowers the dead wait like brides

To surrender their limbs; thud of another body flung
Down, the jolted shape of a face, earth into the mouth –
Moment that could annihilate a watcher!
Cursing the sun that makes their work long
Or the back lively flies that bite their wrists,
The burial party works with a craftsman calm.
Weighing their grief by the ounce, and burying it.

Hughes, Ted. Collected Poems, Paul Keegan ed. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003.


List of works

Burton Glendenning
Untitled (Fredericton, N.B.), 1997
Ink jet print
72.5 X 109.0 cm

Chris Giles
The Gate, B70, 2005
Silver gelatin print from black and white Super 8 still
106.05 X 138.43 cm

Julie McIntyre
World War II: The Prophets, 1992
Lithograph, 1/4
51.5 X 73.0 cm

Alex Colville
Before an Attack, Hochwald Forest, 2 March 1945
Ink and chalk on brown paper
35.4 X 52.9 cm
Gift of Mr. Robert Eaton, 2016

Roger Smith
Florence War Cemetery, 2011
Ink jet print
72.5 X 109.0 cm

Catherine Hale
Bell Messenger
Mixed media assemblage
111.0 X 87.0 X 14.0 cm

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Memento Mori

Artist bios

Cathy Ross

Cathy RossCathy Ross is a Canadian painter, known for her still life works and watercolors. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, she studied at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Ross was awarded a scholarship to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, and won the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grant twice, in 1981 and 1983. Ross has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions over the course of her career. Her works are in collections across the country including the Canada Council Art Bank, the New Brunswick Museum, the Burnaby Art Centre in British Columbia, the Bank of Montreal, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Ross has taken part in multiple artist-in-residence programs within New Brunswick and currently lives and works in both Waterloo, Ontario and Saint Andrew’s, New Brunswick.



Cliff Turner

Cliff Turner

Cliff Turner is a Canadian hyperrealist painter who was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada as a child. It was the parting gift of a watercolour set that sparked a passion that led him to eventually pursue art full-time in his studio in the Trinity Royal district of Saint John.

He studied Fine Arts at the University of Toronto and graduated with High Honours in 1994 and then earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick in 1998. He also studied photography at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He has participated in exhibitions at Art Contact and Gallery 78 in Fredericton, Handworks and the Peter Buckland Gallery in Saint John, the Andrew and Laura McCain Gallery in Florenceville, and the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.

His works are found in public collections like the NB Art Bank and the University of New Brunswick, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections in Toronto, Tokyo, California and New York. Turner founded the Artist Project in 2017, a teaching space that offers courses in the technical aspects of oil painting.



Jessie Babin

Jessie Babin

Jessie Babin is an emerging Canadian artist born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, in 1990. At an early age she was inspired by the illustrations she found in the books of Beatrix Potter and in an Alice-in-Wonderland Pop-up book. It was Disney’s Lion King, however, that made her understand the potential of drawing in the telling of a story.

In 2011, while studying drawing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Babin represented New Brunswick in the National Artists Program at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 and that same year she was one of the emerging artists selected for the prestigious BMO 1st Art Awards competition. Babin has been twice honoured by the Kingston Prize, a juried competition founded to promote Canadian contemporary practise in portraiture. In 2013, she received the People’s Choice Award and then in 2015 an Honourable Mention.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery 78, the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, the Andrew and the Laura McCain Gallery in Florenceville. She is currently a member of the Portrait Society of Canada and is an active member of ArtsLink, an organization that unifies and promotes artists in New Brunswick. Babin currently lives and works in Moncton.



Karen Ruet

Karen RuetKaren Ruet is a photographer currently based in Fredericton and has been an integral part of the art scene since her arrival as a student. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and studied Photography at Ryerson Polytechnic University. Since her graduation from the Photography studio at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 1998 she has worked as a freelance photographer, curator, and Coordinator of Gallery Connexion (now Connexion ARC). She is a long-time member of the NB Filmmakers Co-operative and a photographer for the Silver Wave Film Festival. She has taught photojournalism at St. Thomas University and has been an arts columnist with the Telegraph-Journal and the Daily Gleaner with articles appearing in the National Post and The Chronicle Herald, Saltscapes, the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star. She is a founding member of SilverFish Photographic Collective, a group that creates exhibits through discussion and collaboration. In addition, she has taught photography since 2000 and is also the Coordinator/Curator of the George Fry Gallery at NBCCD.

Over the course of her career, Ruet has participated in many exhibitions throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. As a member of SilverFish she has exhibited in over 30 exhibits at the UNB Art Centre, Gallery 78, Government House, the Grand Manan Art Gallery, the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville, the Saint John Art Centre, and Sunbury Shores in St. Andrews. Her work is currently in public and private collections across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick which holds six of her photographs.

In 2015, Ruet was a co-curator of the major exhibition, Phantom Presence: Contemporary Photographers in New Brunswick at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, alongside then gallery CEO and Chief Curator, Terry Graff. Her own work was featured in the exhibition, and she was the Scotia Bank artist-in-residence at the BAG that same year.



Peter Powning

Peter PowningPeter Powning is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning sculptor and potter based in Markhamville, New Brunswick. Powning moved to New Brunswick in 1970 after studying at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the University of Connecticut in Mansfield. With a career spanning over fifty years, Powning’s work has been shown at exhibitions across Canada and the world, including shows in Japan, Taiwan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and across the United States in Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York City and at SOFA in Chicago.

Powning is the recipient of numerous awards. His first of note came in 1984 and was the Excellence in Craft Award from the One of a Kind Canadian Craft Show. In 1991, he won the Deichmann Award for Excellence in Craft, New Brunswick’s highest honour in the arts. He also won the Strathbutler Award in 1993. He has been nominated six times for the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and won in 2006. He won a bronze award at the Second International Ceramics Competition, hosted in Mino, Japan, competing with 1,700 artists from 52 countries. In 2017, Powning received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts.

He was nominated a member of the RCA, (the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts) in 1998 and holds membership in a number of prestigious organizations including CARFAC, Sculptor’s International, MSDC (Member Society of Designer Craftsmen, England), NB Craft Council (now known as Craft NB), FUSION, Ontario Crafts Council (now Craft Ontario) and the Glass Art Association of Canada.

Powning has received numerous commissions and these works can be found in New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta. In 2019, he won the Art For New Spaces competition for the sculpture, Trace, designed for the new Kinesiology building at the University of New Brunswick. His sculpture, La Vita della Conversazione, won the juried competition sponsored by the Grad Class of 2004 and was installed in Jacob’s Yard, below the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton campus.

His work is housed in private collections across the country, including the Chalmers and the Bronfman Collections. His work is collected by many public institutions as well including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the MacDonald Stewart Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, The New Brunswick Museum, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Museum of History, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick Museum, Université de Moncton and the UNB Permanent Collection. UNB holds 5 of his works. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from UNB.

An active member of the New Brunswick arts community, Peter Powning helped to establish the Ax Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, New Brunswick and continues to be their President. He was a founding member of ArtsLink NB, where he served as Vice President from 2008 - 2012. He has been President of Craft NB, sat on the Advisory Council of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, served as Vice-Chair of artsnb, and was on the Premier’s Advisory Committee for the Arts.



Susan Paterson

Susan PatersonSusan Paterson is a Canadian painter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 1980. She has studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, United Kingdom, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the School of Museum Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City.

She has participated in numerous exhibitions; her solo shows include those at the Fog Forest Gallery in Sackville, Nova Scotia, Gallery 78 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Heritage Museum in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the University College of Cape Breton in Sydney and St. Francis University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and the J. Arends Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta.

Paterson is the recipient of many awards, notably the Lincoln M. Alexander, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario-Award of Excellence in 1989 and the Elizabeth T. Greenshields grant in 1981. Her work is included in private collections around the world, from the Bank of Detroit to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bell Canada and K.K. Sakai in Tokyo, Japan. Most recently, Paterson’s work was featured in “Figurativas” at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain; the exhibition opened in December of 2019 and will travel to New York City in 2020.



List of works

Cliff Turner
Peaches with Yoshimoto, 2014
Oil on canvas
122.0 X 152.4 cm

Jessie Babin
Smelts, 2014
Graphite and pencil on paper
69.3 X 80.0 cm

Cathy Ross
Bugle, 2019
Watercolour on paper
60.3 X 46.5 cm

Susan Patterson
Silver, Lace, Eggs, 2019
Oil on board
51.5 X 77.6 cm

Karen Ruet
Bed at Peak’s Island Cottage
Ink jet print
72.5 X 109.0 cm

Peter Powning
Waterbook TP2
Archival digital print on aluminum, 2/5
83.8 X 94.6 cm

*Quote by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) taken from Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Grande Exhibitions catalogue from the touring exhibition shown at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa: 2019.

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