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Garfield Saunders (born in 1950) is well established in the Maritime art community, as both an artist and art educator.
He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design graduating with a BFA in 1977 and received a BEd from Art Ed, an associate of NSCAD. During that time Saunders also taught courses at NSCAD. Following graduation he prepared and taught a vast variety of workshops that focused on crafts and printmaking, which led to his appointment as the Bathurst High School art teacher.
In 1976 he was invited by Memorial University in St. John's , Newfoundland , to create an all age's summer arts school for Memorial University at Trinity Bay , and made a video on the art of engraving/print making, which toured Canada .
He has served as the Chairman for the New Brunswick Art Education Council, and sat on several committees for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
In addition to his commitment as art educator for over twenty-five years, the artist has pursued his own painting and has exhibited actively; since 1974 his work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario , including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery , the Mount St. Vincent Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. His paintings have been seen in group exhibitions with Alex Colville, Tom Forrestall and Christopher Pratt, among others.
His work is represented in many private and corporate collections in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick including the NS Art Bank, Noranda Mines in Bathurst , Delta Hotels, and the Beaverbrook Hotel. Imperial Oil and Mount Saint Vincent University, among others, have commissioned his services.
After retiring, Garfield Saunders moved to Keswick Ridge where he continues to paint.