By Wendy Elliott
A Coldbrook woman will be taking up an artist-in-residence position in Pictou County this month.
Brianne Williams, an emerging visual artist, will fill the role for the town of New Glasgow. The recent graduate from Nova Scotia Art and Design University creates realistic scenes of boats and the sea. During her formal education, Williams focused on painting and drawing.
She was influenced by many summers on the South Shore, which played a role in the development of her work. Her paintings employ imagery of Nova Scotia's oceanfront communities.
Williams said she loves to explore the distorted reflections and colours cast by the environment onto the water’s surface. Her aim is to capture a moment in time that may provide inspiration and enchantment.
Williams will be moving in to a New Glasgow studio space this month with Mary Sparks from Kenora, Ont., and Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. Three other painters are leaving after a closing exhibition in August at the space they shared behind the town’s library. NSCAD’s partnership with the town is entering its fourth year. During the yearlong residencies, the recent graduates will give talks, host exhibitions and offer art classes and workshops.