Charlotte Glencross: The Fabric Of Her Life
This exhibition pays tribute to the art and life of Charlotte Glencross (1949-2007), textile artist, teacher, and tireless advocate for the arts and crafts community in New Brunswick. Featuring work drawn from both private and public collections, it traces Glencross’ development from artistic craftsperson in several media to mature and accomplished artist of one-of–a-kind pieces. Encompassing weaving, tapestry, watercolor, Batik and ikat, Glencross’ work is characterized by a finely honed sense of colour, texture, rhythm, and movement inspired by nature.
Glencross held a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Concordia University (1970), a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of New Brunswick (1991), and a Diploma in Weaving from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (1976). She also studied tapestry through apprenticeships in Germany and France (1978-79). From 1976 to 1989 and from 2000 to 2007, she worked primarily as a self-employed artist, exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions and executing numerous commissions. She taught courses in textiles and drawing and, in the 1990s, was employed as an arts administrator at the New Brunswick Arts Development Branch and the New Brunswick Arts Board.
Glencross was a hero to local craftspeople and artists for her advocacy of the arts. She led the community volunteer project that brought about the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, to which she devoted most of the last seven years of her life. Her valued work on the New Brunswick Arts Board and on the Charlotte Street Arts Centre was recognized by the Paul Harris Award from the Fredericton rotary Club in 2005, and by an excellence Award from the Province of New Brunswick in 2006.
Curator: Vita Plume with the assistance of Susan Butterfield, Sabine Campbell, Karen LeBlanc, Jo Ann Majerovich, Roslyn Rosenfeld, Jon Thompson, and Pam Whitty.
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in collaboration with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and the Charlotte Street Art Centre with support from donations from the many friends of Charlotte Glencross.