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Bay Artist Connect

Connecting

Thank you to Saint John artist Christine Johnson for gifting me just the word I needed. “CONNECT” it is.

As Christine put it so nicely, “connecting artists in the region to advocate local artists”
pretty much describes what I had in mind over six years ago.

It was 2014 when I first Began my project, trying to encouage the artists along Chaleur Bay to do some sort of art during May and calling this the Chaleur Bay Spring Garden of Artists. It was not to be a big splash event involving government money and corporate sponsorship. No applications for any grant ever went out.

Past experience had taught me that government grants seldom go to new, untried ideas. This was was definitely new and untried, so new and untried that almost everywhere I went for help and encouragement the answer was, “Go and see … So and So … at the local art society” which was exactly what my idea was not about. It was about freeing artists from the structures that box them in. It was not about having someone else decide how much wall space they would be allowed. It wasn’t about paying fees or memberships or voting for executive officers. It definitely wasn’t about competition. There were to be no prizes or awards or medals. This was to be purely for the love of art.

What I had in mind was that artists would be connected simply by doing art, each one in their own way in their own homes and studios and and communities.

I thought that if I could somehow plant that one seed of an idea of art along the bay perhaps others would also plant seeds and surely with enough seeds eventually something would grow out of it. I imagined also that what we developed here on the New Brunswick side of Chaleur Bay would eventually grow to meet with the already flourishing arts along the Quebec side.

I received letters of support from artists in Sackville and art groups as far away as Vancouver. My only local help at the beginning came from members of my family. I want to thank them for believing in me. I also appreciate that (our family business) Musk Enterprises Ltd. kindly agreed to let me use their mail box and street address for correspondence and provided me with studio space above Music City store on St. Andrew St.in Bathurst. I had hoped that artists would grow good strong roots in their communities without the need for paying dues to committees and that artists would be free to do their own art in their own way. My goal was to make contact with the artists and eventually produce a map of Chaleur Bay artists. This never happened. I started working on the map but no artist ever contacted me.

As time went on the PO box became too expensive to maintain, the business closed and we were no longer able to access the Canada Post system. So, my original contact information became obsolete. Perhaps this was the reason for lack of contact. Perhaps there was no interest. I still don’t know.

Anyone interested in helping me continue this art project may contact me at maggiequinn@rogers.com or call 506-783-7944

I can no longer afford to keep open the seasonal public artspace I created at 212 St. Andrew St. in Bathurst. The building is up for sale.

Thank you again to those who still believe in me.
Margaret Sharon Olscamp

Why

Why

Eureka

Why

Why art? Why art?
Why art they say.
Why would we want art
Upon our bay?

Why artists either?
Why they say?
What good are artists
Around our bay?

Why art and artists
So they ask
In this economy?
Oh the task!
To feed these artists
To clothe them too
They might even feel
An education is due.

What oh what
Do you think
They might do
If given a chance?
A chance to prove
To you and me
They might actually improve
Our economy.

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HOW much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Maybe ask not why but why not?

In Canada during May
We already have two days of celebration

Mothers Day

Victoria Day
Monday May 18, 2015
Victoria Weekend

Good days for art and music

Qualitative research tells
What quantitative cannot

Contest

CONTEST OVER … Today is May 31, 2015. Try again next year.

No support letters were received. Because there were no contestants, no prize will be awarded. Better luck next year.

We are having another contest, with an original painting to be given as a prize. Please see CONTACT INFORMATION and CONTEST RULES below.
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CONTEST RULES:
In order to enter the contest, here are the rules
1. You, the contestant, please send an original letter ( 20-50 words, more or less) by post or email, in support of our May 2015 Chaleur Bay Arts Festival. See Contact information
2. Include your permission to publish your support letter on our webblogs or through post or emails. We will keep your contact information confidential unless you notify us to the contrary.
3. You, the contestant, also promise to repost the contest notice and a link to our website:http://chaleurbay.me/ at least once. This re-post may be either to a friend through post, email or on a social networking site.
4. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Please be sure your contact information, ie. email, will still be good during May 2015, otherwise your entry will not be valid.
5. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded sometime during the Festival in May 2015.