Angela Black   bio:   Angela Black is an artist, illustrator, designer, community change-maker, and inspired arts educator for multiple organizations in Fredericton, including Open Your Art, UNB-CEL, The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, The Estey Art Initiative, Riverside Montessori Learning Centre, Veterans for Healing Inc. and many of the local public schools.  Angela's primary creative focus has been expanding a permanent teaching workshops Executive Director of Open Your Art, now located in the historic Charlotte Street Arts Centre. She currently offers an art atelier program for youth with a mentoring style of instruction that nurtures leadership skills and community action through the arts. Angela also has a personal calling to provide supportive art spaces and creative opportunities for adults who have experienced trauma. She feels a commitment to continually develop accessible art programs for exceptional adults and youth, as well as intergenerational programs that unite seniors and students through creative expression.  Ange describes her creative community work as a transformational teaching approach. She uses her position as a leader to gently inspire people of all ages to find and open their art with individual creativity. Bookbinding, screenprinting, and watercolor/ink painting are Angela's ultimate media. She has been successfully producing and wholesaling one-of-a-kind artworks since 2007. Angela's handbound books, especially, have found homes all over the world. She recently illustrated a locally published children's book and is about to illustrate another this fall.

Angela Black

bio:

Angela Black is an artist, illustrator, designer, community change-maker, and inspired arts educator for multiple organizations in Fredericton, including Open Your Art, UNB-CEL, The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, The Estey Art Initiative, Riverside Montessori Learning Centre, Veterans for Healing Inc. and many of the local public schools.

Angela's primary creative focus has been expanding a permanent teaching workshops Executive Director of Open Your Art, now located in the historic Charlotte Street Arts Centre. She currently offers an art atelier program for youth with a mentoring style of instruction that nurtures leadership skills and community action through the arts. Angela also has a personal calling to provide supportive art spaces and creative opportunities for adults who have experienced trauma. She feels a commitment to continually develop accessible art programs for exceptional adults and youth, as well as intergenerational programs that unite seniors and students through creative expression.

Ange describes her creative community work as a transformational teaching approach. She uses her position as a leader to gently inspire people of all ages to find and open their art with individual creativity. Bookbinding, screenprinting, and watercolor/ink painting are Angela's ultimate media. She has been successfully producing and wholesaling one-of-a-kind artworks since 2007. Angela's handbound books, especially, have found homes all over the world. She recently illustrated a locally published children's book and is about to illustrate another this fall.

Amond McKenna   bio:   Amond McKenna is a writer, artist, pianist/composer, gardener, autistic self-advocate/trans activist, father of two exceptional children, and designer of sensory-rich playspaces/botanical gardens that encourage natural movement, risk taking, relaxation, music making, and appreciation of the natural world.  All of his works start from a sensory place, featuring surface techniques in ceramics that reference city walls with layers of colourful disintegrating posters, and bowls with faceted exteriors that feel like the elaborately slipped interiors look. His fine fiber sensory support dolls are often weighted using buckwheat laced with lavender (from his expansive food gardens), topped with a mop of hair, handspun at a soothing NB vista. He is currently an artist in residence, but mostly remains behind the scenes as Assistant Director of Open Your Art.  A personal passion of Amond's is community advocacy and accessibility. He is a problem solver, red tape cutter, and grant writer at Open Your Art, who strives to create opportunities for underserved groups, accommodations for all who need them, relaxing and satisfying experiences for neurodiverse, exceptional, and solace-seeking folk. Most recently, Amond has been working with local public schools in an effort to increase sensory supports, reduce environmental stressors, and provide tools for students that promote resilience. His continuing academic studies focus on biopsychology, stress, and trauma. Current research is his jam.

Amond McKenna

bio:

Amond McKenna is a writer, artist, pianist/composer, gardener, autistic self-advocate/trans activist, father of two exceptional children, and designer of sensory-rich playspaces/botanical gardens that encourage natural movement, risk taking, relaxation, music making, and appreciation of the natural world.

All of his works start from a sensory place, featuring surface techniques in ceramics that reference city walls with layers of colourful disintegrating posters, and bowls with faceted exteriors that feel like the elaborately slipped interiors look. His fine fiber sensory support dolls are often weighted using buckwheat laced with lavender (from his expansive food gardens), topped with a mop of hair, handspun at a soothing NB vista. He is currently an artist in residence, but mostly remains behind the scenes as Assistant Director of Open Your Art.

A personal passion of Amond's is community advocacy and accessibility. He is a problem solver, red tape cutter, and grant writer at Open Your Art, who strives to create opportunities for underserved groups, accommodations for all who need them, relaxing and satisfying experiences for neurodiverse, exceptional, and solace-seeking folk. Most recently, Amond has been working with local public schools in an effort to increase sensory supports, reduce environmental stressors, and provide tools for students that promote resilience. His continuing academic studies focus on biopsychology, stress, and trauma. Current research is his jam.

 
Adrienne Boreland   bio:   Adrienne Boreland is a sculpture artist, a private care worker, the acting director of Queer East Artist Collective, a former nanny, and an instructor at Open Your Art. In their own time they focus on found object sculpture, with a lot of their work in the past having been in relation to recycled materials such as plastics and metals. Recently their focus has shifted towards more raw materials such as stones, bark, fur, and bone.

Adrienne Boreland

bio:

Adrienne Boreland is a sculpture artist, a private care worker, the acting director of Queer East Artist Collective, a former nanny, and an instructor at Open Your Art.
In their own time they focus on found object sculpture, with a lot of their work in the past having been in relation to recycled materials such as plastics and metals. Recently their focus has shifted towards more raw materials such as stones, bark, fur, and bone.

Julianne Richard   bio:   Having grown up with a photography, filmmaking, and theatre background, Julianne Richard is a self-professed lover of anything creative. She has an enthusiasm for creating and sharing, and prioritizes bringing that enthusiasm to the art studio — a place where she was first a student, then a volunteer, and now an employee. About to begin her university degree, she has a particular appreciation for for small children, plant-based food, and the colour yellow.

Julianne Richard

bio:

Having grown up with a photography, filmmaking, and theatre background, Julianne Richard is a self-professed lover of anything creative. She has an enthusiasm for creating and sharing, and prioritizes bringing that enthusiasm to the art studio — a place where she was first a student, then a volunteer, and now an employee. About to begin her university degree, she has a particular appreciation for for small children, plant-based food, and the colour yellow.