The Haven announces artists in residence

NANAIMO - Gabriola's The Haven welcomes Claire Uhlick and Brooke Leifso this fall as artists in residence.

Brooke Leifso

Brooke Leifso

The Haven, on Gabriola Island, is welcoming two young artists to its grounds later this year to study and develop their artwork.

The organization offered residency to emerging artists under 30 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The organization chose Claire Uhlick and Brooke Leifso as this years artists in residence. The pair will live at The Haven between Sept. 15 and Oct. 5, and receive free accommodation, a work space, the opportunity to work with Gabriola artists and more. The program was created in partnership with the Gabriola Arts Council.

Uhlick studied fine arts at MacEwan University before finishing her bachelor of fine arts at the University of Alberta in 2009.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to be the next Haven artist in residence,” said Uhlick, in a press release. “I am really looking forward to three weeks of concentrated studio work on beautiful Gabriola Island and the possibilities for growth and interdisciplinary communication The Haven provides.”

Leifso has a bachelor of arts in drama from the University of Alberta.

“This artist in residence at The Haven enables me to commit time to personal and artistic growth,” said Leifso in a press release. “I am excited to work with The Haven and see it as an opportune place to grow my artistic process. I’m hoping it will allow me the space to hone my skills and sharpen my knowledge.”

The artists were selected by a panel of judges consisting or Anne Fleming, Jeremy Loveday, Colin McCue and Mary Holdgrafer.

Last year’s artists were visual artist Sande Waters and poet Shirley Serviss.

For more information about Gabriola’s The Haven please go to

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