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gallery@acts is a showcase of contemporary craft from across Atlantic Canada. The gallery features work never seen at ACTS before in a formal gallery setting.

We would like to acknowledge the financial support received under the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA) for this project.

Photo Gallery of 2012 Pieces

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Aidan Stanley
Read Bio Stanley got his first look at how malleable metal can be while preparing copper plates in a printmaking workshop in the summer of 1999 and spent the following winter building an application for the Collage of Craft and Design (NBCCD)

While there, his work was shown nationally (Toronto Ont.), internationally (Milan Italy), and was nominated for various design awards, most notably Bacardi's "Bombay Sapphire, Prestigious Martini Glass competition".

In 2003, having completed a six-week apprenticeship with Andrew Goss, Stanley started to question the traditional materials used in jewelry making. This formed his grad piece: a series of detailed instructional manuals of jewelry designs, allowing the jewelry to exist only in the mind of the readers. Stanley graduated from NBCCD in 2003 and continued to develop the gallery esthetic he found so engaging in school.

In 2008 Stanley returned to NBCCD for further study and was awarded the Nel Oudemans scholarship.

Stanley had his first solo show in 2009 entitled In-Situ and was part of a juried and catalogued show entitled Flow. In February of 2009, Stanley attended the Atlantic Trade and Craft Show (ACTS) where he was awarded the best booth award. In March 2009, Stanley submitted for his third national show Secrete identity, where he was the only artisan out of forty to have multiple works displayed.

Stanley graduated a second time from NBCCD in 2010 and continues to further his gallery aesthetic, working in series and developing themes throughout his work. Most recently Stanley received an Arts NB Career Development grant and an Arts NB Creation grant to explore the sculpture possibilities found at the conjunction of glass and metal.

Brigitte Clavette
Read Bio Metalsmith Brigitte Clavette received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax in 1980, where she majored in jewellery. Upon graduation she set up a studio/gallery in St Andrews NB, where she created mostly one of a kind jewellery and body ornament.

She has been at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design since January 1985, where she is Studio Head of Jewellery/Metal Arts and teaches jewellery and silversmithing courses.

She developed the jewellery program for the Dieppe Community College, was Acting Head of Jewellery for one year at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has taught silversmithing courses at Nunavut Arctic College and the Haliburton School of the Arts in Ontario.

She has exhibited steadily throughout the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and the Pacific Rim countries. She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, including the opening of the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, BC.

Brigitte is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as Creation Grants from the Artsnb and Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received, in 2002, the Excellence Award in Craft from the province of New Brunswick. She won the prestigious Strathbutler Award for Excellence in Craft in May 2006.

Her work can be found in private and public collections, most notably, The Victoria Albert Museum in London England and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Catherine Beck
Read Bio Catherine Beck was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working in a wide variety of occupations — ranging from bartending to bookkeeping — Catherine was invited into a friend's jewellery studio to try her hand at making earrings. It was love at first touch.

Catherine subsequently moved to Vancouver where she studied Jewellery, Design, and Gemology at the Vancouver City Centre College, which at that time was one of the few institutions in Canada teaching Gemology. Upon her return to Halifax, Catherine attended NSCAD University where she studied Jewellery and Hollowware. For the past 15 years, she has successfully operated Catherine Beck Jewellery Designs.

She is known both for her finely crafted production jewellery as well as for her exquisite one-of-a-kind custom work. Whether production or custom, Catherine's designs are inspired and informed by the human body and nature and often feature carefully selected gemstones — a hallmark of Catherine's work.

Catherine is a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC), the Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia (MAGNS), and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Her work has garnered multiple awards including Best Piece with Gemstone (MAGNS), Best Piece with Alternative Material (MAGNS), and Best Body of Work (NSDCC).

Catherine Beck is represented in Halifax by the Designer Craft Shop, Fireworks Gallery, the AGNS Gallery Shop, and Love Me Boutique, and in Mahone Bay by the Moorings Gallery.

Jason Holley
Read Bio Jason Holley is from Newfoundland. He studied at Memorial University, The College of the North Atlantic and the Craft Council Clay Studio. He came about his work as an artist indirectly. His work in textiles and jewelry preceded his discovery of working with clay coils. His chainmaille ceramic sculptures have been exhibited at The Gallery of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2009 and that same year his work was part of a juried exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. Holley's work will be part of an upcoming group exhibition at The Rooms in St. John's, NL (2011). His work can be found in both public and private collections.

"I love creating my work. When I get anxious, restless, agitated, I head to the studio. I find certainty in the pattern, reassurance in my methods. It can be unforgiving. Mistakes in the pattern compound themselves and can be difficult to dig out. The clay must be specifically dry, too wet and it warps, too dry and it crumbles. It requires a discipline and commitment I've not managed anywhere else in life.

The Raku firings are cathartic. It seems appropriate that after all the care I put in to each piece I chose such a violent and destructive method of finishing. Raku is notoriously difficult to control and often leads to disaster, when it works it can be glorious.

The finished work looks so strong, militaristic, and permanent. It's not. The slightest violence will show just how brittle my illusion really is. I'm not out to fool people. I've wasted so much energy hiding my own weaknesses I'm becoming eager to highlight them. For me these sculptures are about weakness, not strength. Things always turn out to be more complex than I imagine"

Karen LeBlanc
Read Bio Karen LeBlanc, owner of Loominations weaving studio, has been weaving off and on for approximately 30 years. She started weaving as a child on a backstrap loom and then attended the NB Craft School. After giving up weaving to pursue a Business Certificate, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Sociology) and a Masters in Education (Adult Ed), Karen returned to weaving in 2002.

Karen has taken Jacquard Weaving courses from Louise Lemieux Berube at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT). These courses have provided her with advanced design techniques through Photoshop and computerized weaving techniques for Jacquard looms using Pointcarré software.

In 2006, Karen received a creation grant from artsnb for a "Weave 2 Weave" project. This was a series of Jacquard weavings depicting the weaving process. It was exhibited at the UNB Art Centre in January, 2008. In 2008, Karen received a second creation grant from artsnb for a "Weaving Words and Images: Creating a Woven Labyrinth." This project was completed in December, 2011 and posted on YouTube under "Woven Labyrinth."

Karen's work has been exhibited in several galleries and exhibits over the years. In 2006, a shawl was presented as a gift from the Government of New Brunswick to the Romanian President's wife at the Francophone Summit.

Karen's creative designs and products evolve from her tactile love of colour, texture, fibre and patterns which are interwoven in her Loominations originals. Traditional designs include overshot coverlets and table runners. Original designs include elegant shawls, capelets, ponchos, funky fringe scarves, UNB scarves, and tapestries. Artistic designs include Jacquard hangings.

Karen is an active member of the Arts and Cultural communities in Fredericton and New Brunswick and is the Past-President of the NB Crafts Council and NB representative of the Canadian Crafts Federation. She is also the President of the Fibre Arts Network (formerly Fredericton Designer Weavers), an advisor on the ArtsLink Board of Directors, past board member of the Fredericton Community Foundation, member of the Guild of Canadian Weavers, Complex Weavers, and other professional and community groups. Karen is employed as the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI).

Photo Gallery of 2012 Gallery Space

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