New Brunswick

Saint John art exhibit focuses on industrial heritage

A new art exhibit at the Saint John Arts Centre features 13 young artists who have looked to New Brunswick's industrial heritage for inspiration.

Artists draw on forestry, shipping and the industrial landscape in Saint John Arts Centre exhibit

A new art exhibit at the Saint John Arts Centre features 13 young artists who have looked to New Brunswick's industrial heritage for inspiration.

The "Working Title" exhibit includes 13 pieces from Maritime artists, who have drawn on forestry, shipping, steel, oil and the industrial landscape.

Artist Julie Whitenect's multi-panel silkscreen of a Saint John railway crossing is part of the exhibit.

"And that's what I find interesting, how this industry has shifted from a personable experience to just this thing that we live next to," Whitenect said.

Christiana Myers, the curator, says seeing how New Brunswick's industrial landscape inspires artists has been fascinating.

"It's young artists who have a different perspective on the environment," Myers said.

"It's maybe a little more critical but it`s definitely new."

Maggie Higgins, another artist, says she was inspired to create her sculpture out of an old logging sled, while working in British Columbia.

"It kind of worked with my theme of the industrial and natural coming together and our use of resources in Canada," she said.

The exhibit continues at the Saint John Arts Centre until March 6.

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