"Don't Forget You're Irish" Exhibit
July 3rd, 2018 to July 28th, 2018
Doucet Hennessy House
A new exhibition by Bathurst artist Sharon Olscamp explores the role of memory in recapturing cultural identity through the experiences of an Irish-Canadian family in northern New Brunswick. The exhibit will be on display at the Doucet Hennessy House during the month of July and is free to the public.
Sharon Olscamp is the Artist-in-Residence this summer at the Doucet Hennessy House. She explains her inspiration came from childhood memories of her grandmother, Mrs. Beatrice Hennessy, saying "Don't forget you're Irish."
"At the time I didn't know what she meant and I didn't really think of it much all these years until I was asked to create an exhibit as the first Artist-in-Residence of the Doucet Hennessy House," says Olscamp.
"My art begins with the biological fact of being born into an Irish-Canadian family. A distant Irish past is long lost to most of us except in old stones and books. All I really have left are the words of my grand-mother. I realize now how important her stories were in shaping me and influencing my art. I sketch from old photos while trying to recall details about my particular Irish-Canadian family along a timeline that might offer very different memories for other members of the same family. " she says.
"Don't Forget You're Irish" will be open to the public from Tuesday, July 3 to Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Maison Doucet Hennessy House, 375 St. Peter Avenue, Bathurst, NB.
The artist will be on site, every Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4 pm, by chance or by appointment.