Artist in Residence Program
Please note that we are not accepting any applications for our 2019 Artist in Residence program.
2017 Artist in Residence, woodcarver Jodi Stark.
Artists in Residence
Marie-Christine Claveau, 2018
Since a young age, Marie-Christine has always painted. Born in La Baie, Québec on the side of the beautiful Saguenay River in 1977, she moved west in 2001. From 2001-2004, Marie-Christine lived in a VW van travelling throughout North America with a base camp in Squamish near the Mamquam River. Her canvases were walls of different cafés and restaurants, friends vans, guitar cases, wood, rocks…in her van, she used to sleep with tubes of paint so that they would not freeze during cold nights. Her need for space, change, and growth brought her to Rossland where she purchased her first home. This move allowed for Marie-Christine to have her own working studio space where she could paint and develop her art practice. Her love of the ocean was seasonally satisfied by planting trees from a fishing boat along the BC coast for many years. In 2006, Marie-Christine moved to the Skeena Region with her husband Michael and baby daughter Lily. Together, they worked the raw land in the Nass valley of Rosswood to build a home on a small homestead. Finally, a few years ago Marie settled herself into a sunlit studio in her family home where she can now focus on her production of acrylic painting on canvas.
Kelli Clifton, 2017
Kelli Clifton was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. Her mother is of European ancestry and her father is Gitga’ata from the community of Hartley Bay. A graduate from the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Fine Arts), Clifton later worked as an Aboriginal Youth Intern for both the British Columbia Arts Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. Clifton returned north to attend the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Terrace, BC) where she learned to carve wood and to further develop her design skills. While in school, Clifton received several awards including the YVR Art Youth Scholarship Award for both years she attended Freda Diesing. Since graduating, Kelli's career as an artist has continued to thrive, having successfully received grants from First Peoples' Cultural Council, the British Columbia Arts Council as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Clifton has always been interested in using her artwork as a form of storytelling-especially in relation to her coastal upbringing and her experiences as a First Nations woman. She now lives in her home community of Prince Rupert where she works for the local school district teaching art and cultural practices to children of all ages.
Jodi Stark, 2017
Jodi is a designer, beachcomber and woodworker. She finds incredible beauty hidden in old scrap wood and driftwood. She then repurposes, refines and shapes it into something new and modern, without losing the rustic and organic appeal of the original wood.
Working in the field of environmental communications, Jodi focuses on the role that nature plays in keeping us healthy and grounded. Her combination of wood (especially driftwood), living plants and steel come together to create unique and original pieces that will literally bring life and nature into your home.