A musician and a visual artist will share the Fredericton Arts Alliance’s casemate from June 27 to July 3.
Katherine Moller is a violinist and fiddler from Harvey. She performs in many classical and folk ensembles in the province and teaches both privately and in the public school system. She has already completed six residencies in downtown Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District, and this year, she would like to research stories of early Irish settlers to see if she can write music based on her reactions to them. The theme of this year’s Artist in Residence series is New Ground, and artists are encouraged to explore ideas of home in relation to new places. Moller hopes to be able to find some first-person accounts from early Irish settlers to use as inspiration for her music.
Carter Chase intends to explore the theme by making a new piece of art based on the idea of growth. He’d like to look back at past experiences to see how the trails in his life have made him a stronger person by using fine detailed ink work. Born in Saint John, Chase has already completed the Foundations Visual Art program at Fredericton’s New Brunswick College of Craft and Design with honours and is currently studying Graphic Design at NBCCD. This visual artist is a bohemian spirit who strives to understand freedom, emotion, and truth which can be expressed through writing music and making art. His style is a mixture of contemporary painting, urban street art, and fine detailed creative drawing. To Chase, art is expression and meditation; an outlet for his thoughts, feelings, and understanding. “Music is a huge influence in my work and the way it flows – sometimes my artwork is purposely a translation of the music of a full album or artist,” says Chase, so perhaps the pairing of Moller and Chase in the casemate will prove to be a fruitful one.
The 2016 Artist in Residence series runs from June 6 until September 5.
The casemate that houses the old stone studio at the Soldiers’ Barracks is open 7 days a week: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.
by Monica Smart, 21 June 2016