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Bay Artist Connect


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

Hey a New Year 2017

2017 is here.
A New Year
Time for change.
Time to push
All that old stuff
Into the recycling bin
The compost pile
Occasionally check it
Make sure it’s working
Turn it into whatever
Might be useful.
This the year.
Exciting events
Will happen in Chaleur.

In April 2017 https://www.facebook.com/lareinedesneigeslemusical/photos/a.1708419436098394.1073741828.1708388029434868/1793375397602797/?type=3&theater

………………….compost level……………………….
What happened?

I paid for this. I paid.

This is what happens when the rules are not clear. You end up paying for something you don’t get. I am talking about taxes. Ever think about where your taxes go? Do you consider arts funding a waste of your tax dollars? Sometimes I wonder too.

Supposedly artists are being supported by unlimited government grants. Not so. Some of us are really struggling. Sometimes I wonder why we even bother. Maybe there is something to that impression of an artist as a crazy person. Who else but a crazy person would work for the pure joy of art?

How much of the arts money goes to support artists and how much is actually used to further someone’s political career? I have no idea.

Still, we artists struggle on, even here in the Chaleur Region. As an artist I am desperate for a bit of culture. ” How often the past several years have I heard the words
“There is nothing here, no culture, nothing except snowmobiles”?
I’ve thought those thoughts’ perhaps voiced that opinion and have been trying to do something it, especially for those of us who are artists.

For three years I have worked hard at trying to get artists to join me in creating an “artsy Chaleur”. I asked for help from several Gov agencies, not money but moral support and the opportunity to network through their (tax supported) channels. I did my best to have my promotional material translated into both official languages. I guess my best was not good enough. Not only was I was refused their non-monetary help, I was completely ignored.

“What is wrong?” is what I kept asking myself.

Well I guess my search is over. This paper pretty well explains it all. It is the who-is-who of the Gov approved Atlantic Arts. Read it all right here: http://www.aaapnb.ca/english/AGlobalStrategy.pdf
This seems to be a Grand Scheme to reinvent the Maritime provinces as a friendly place for artists.
I did find a few people purporting to represent us who are artists, some even from the Chaleur region . However, I do not recognize any people who are actually artists from the Chaleur region. I suppose some of them might be artists from somewhere. If they were ever Chaleur artists I guess they must have moved away long ago.

Basically what it is all about is reinventing Atlantic culture along the lines of your Exclusive”old boys network”. I would not mind so much if it were not so blatently political. “Not so!” Did I hear the distant protest? “Not so!” What is the inclusive about this statement I read on page 52:

“Some of New Brunswick’s Anglophone and First Nations art- ists were invited,”
Anglophone is, I guess, the box I would be expected to occupy. But I was not invited. Who was?

Hmmmmmm …. Bit of a problem here … For me at least … I am an independent artist … And prefer not to be restricted by the language I was born into. Who knows, given a choice I might have chosen another language entirely, French, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Arabic, Russian … the list of world languages is vey long.

Yes, my language is part of my culture. Still, it is only one part. Art is a whole other world for me. It goes beyond a restricted volume of particular words sanctioned by some official “Academie” gatekeepers.

Getting back to why I was not invited, I am still wondering why. I have been a Chaleur artist for well over fifty years. Is it an ageist thing, do you suppose?

212 St Andrew Bathurst, NB

There is something about Bathurst … Something we need to talk about … Art?

Let's talk Art. Let's talk bilingualism.
Let’s talk Art.
Let’s talk bilingualism.


Art? Talk about Art? In Bathurst?

Yes, definitely … But we also need to talk about bilingualism.

There are some people who are fortunate enough to be perfectly bilingual.

Bathurst has been been bilingual since … Well not quite since Adam and Eve perhaps … But those of us who were born and raised here have always accepted bilingualism as part of our culture.

These last so many years have been hard on those of us who are not fortunate enough to speak fluently in both official languages. And yes … It is true … There are still people living in and around Bathurst who speak only French or only English.

So what!

Language, like Art, is one of those things … Some can, some can’t.

I am sure we’ve all heard the expression …
“I can’t draw a straight line. ”

The thing about Art? It really has nothing whatsoever to do with drawing straight lines.

Not every person has the ability to draw or paint or make music. If we accept that, then why is it so difficult to accept that not everyone has the ability to learn your language.

Ahhh yes … I hear the reply … You have to try harder! If you really try you will be able to do it! … How often have I heard those same words?

Each person has some unique gift and talent. Let’s appreciate people for themselves Let’s think before we discriminate against someone who is not exactly like we are and whose tastes are different from our tastes and whose language is not our language.

Most of all let’s talk about this …



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.

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.



Some say

Chaleur Bay

Some say

Baie des Chaleurs

Some say it begins in Caraquet

I say  Miscou Island

Lovely shore

Scant years before

An ice-bridge

And a ferry

Were the roads

Their children

Travelled across

To new friends

New lives



Welcome to Our Bay

Chaleur Bay – Baie des Chaleurs

Add your up-coming art and/or musical event to this page by contacting me.

Sharon Olscamp

Chaleur BayArt Festival

By Post
c/o Musk Enterprises Ltd
PO Box 422
Bathurst NB, E2A3Z3

In person, by chance or appointment
Weekdays, 10-11 am
At Sharon’s art studio
214 St. Andrew
Bathurst, NB

By phone 6-9 pm

Or email anytime


Caraquet Art Studios

Jeanne Godin Morin

Theatre visits our Bay

Caraquet in May

From May 30 to June 6, 2015, the Festivin wine festival will be held in Caraquet, New Brunswick. The wine Festival appears to be limited to 44 people with tickets priced at $200.00.

June 5, 2015 is indicated as Jazz Night at the Cave a Vin. However, there is no mention of live music and no names of musicians given.

In 2014, KÄNAM showband performed live on Saturday June 7th, starting at 10 pm. No further information is given about this group that is found on a site that books Tribute Bands
An unnamed jazz band perfomed at the Cave a Vin on June 6, 2014 for an unspecified length of time.

During the 2013 wine festival, music for the Saturday night show was provided by Xequo, the band sponsored by Sobey’s. That 2013 event was the 17th festival and took place from May 24 to June 1.

The 2015 sponsors listed on the website include The Village of Caraquet, The Provincial NBLiquor Control Board, GMC, Caisse Populaire, Desjardins and VISA.

Sponsors listed for last year’s 2014 Event included New Brunswick Community College, NBLiquor, Caisse Populaire, Sobeys, CBC Radio Canada, CKRO Radio Station, 92.9 FM Radio Station, Jacques Boucher Architecture, DPG Communications, LA Trading, Acadia General Insurance, Platinum Card Services, and Belle Ile Fisheries.

Caraquet in June

From June 8 to September 20 The Acadian Village is open every day during the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.

The final three musical dinners of the Acadian Village 2014 season were held September 3, 9, and 12th at the hotel Albert with Théo Brideau on the violin and Jean-Eric Paulin on guitar.

From June 25 to 29, 2014, the Atlantic Festival of Visual Arts was held in Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada. According to information found on the website, in 2014, FAVA received support from the Canadian Federal Government, The New Brunswick Provincial Government, The Village of Caraquet, The Canadian Federal Department of Heritage, the Caisse Populaire, and another Peninsula Organization unknown to this writer.

Caraquet in August
Festival Days 2014 in Caraquet NB

The 52nd annual Caraquet Acadian Festival took place August 1st to August 17th, 2014 under the direction of President, Pierre Cormier and Executive Director of the event, Daniel Thériault.

Acadian Festival’s partners included:
The Historical Acadian Village,
The Centr’Art Cultural Society,
The Cinéma du Centre and
The Caraquet Cultural Commission

The 35th Grand Tintamarre was celebrated with a Group Hug (Super Câlin) on Aug. 15. A new event for 2014, the Group hug was “imortalized”by NB photographer Keith Minchin for his book “Faces of New Brunswick”. This event was also broadcast live by Rogers TV.

Nearly 100 artists participated in over 19 concerts and performances.
Festival Artists included:
Adam & Martin (musical duo)
Annie Blanchard
Backyard Devils (Moncton Bluegrass)
Bois Joli (band)
Caroline Savoie (folk music )
Cédric Vieno
Chloé Breault (opening act for Mix 4)
Circus Stella
Danny Party (Acadian band)
Don Bernard (Magician)
Dixit (band)
Dylan Perron (Cajun bluegrass ensemble Quebec Artist)
Elixir de Gumbo (Cajun bluegrass ensemble)
l’École de danse Ghislaine Lagacé (dancers)
Édith Butler
L’Entrepôt du rir (la Soirée d’humour acadien)
Des Étoiles pour Angèle
Félix Belliveau and Jean-Luc Bujold (singers)
Francelle Maria (Super Country Show)
Gallantine au parc Forillon (kids & family show)
Karine & Iain (musical duo)
Laurie LeBlanc (Super Country Show)
Les Hay Babies (folk music) with Les Soeurs Boulay (special guests)
Lisa LeBlanc
Louis-Jean Cormier (of Polaris Prize winning band Karkwa)
Marie-Mai (Quebec act)
Martin-Michel Boucher
Miroir (band)
Monelle Doiron (dancer)
Presto & Baltazar (kids & family show)
Quimorucur (band)
Rémi Martin
Rhéal LeBlanc (Super Country Show)
Ronald Bourgeois
Sirkafran (performers)
Les Soeurs Boulay (Quebec duo)
Swing (Franco-Ontarian band)
Thomé Young ( NB singer-songwriter “Pascal Lejeune’s alter-ego” album launch)
Tibert (French singer)
Tradition (band)
La Trappe à Homard (Acadian band)
Vazzy (band)
Wilfred Le Bouthillier

The Des Étoiles pour Angèle performance was in honour of Acadian singer-songwriter Angèle Arsenault, who passed away in February)

The program was online at (www.festivalacadien.ca)
Tickets were made available through:
Acadian Festival’s office in Caraquet
Billeterie Accès at different retail outlets,
An online site (www.billeterieacces.ca)
Telephone orders at1-800-992-4040.

Pilot Project for 2014: “One artist, one boat”
Boats are traditionally used to ferry dignitaries for the blessing of the boats (Bénédiction des bateaux). A new idea, beginning with the Praga in 2014 was to have these boats decorated by a local artist. Anyone wishing to hire an artist for 2015 may contact the Acadian Festival office in Caraquet.

Caraquet in September
The Acadian Village Agricultural Fair was held from September 13-14, 2014

Caraquet in October

Caraquet Theatre tours New Brunswick in October, 2014 bringing Norge to Bathurst.

Tickets for October 20th event at The Acadian Village.

Source: written by Margaret Sharon Olscamp