2021 Joggins Fossil Institute ArtScape Artist-In-Residence Selection Jury
Odette Barr is a writer, an artist, a naturalist and an educator. She graduated from the University of Guelph (ON) with an honours degree in Wildlife Biology before working for several years as an interpretive naturalist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, and various nature centres. Here, she taught people of all ages about the natural world. Odette also designed, wrote and provided artwork for a number of indoor and outdoor environmental exhibits, as well as nature-themed publications including both the Beach Guide and the Forest Guide for Fundy National Park.
After earning an education degree at Mount Allison University (NB), Odette turned to teaching in the classroom. She spent 10 years teaching Inuit students, eventually becoming a school principal in North America’s most northerly community, Grise Fiord, Nunavut. She later earned her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from UPEI.
Odette’s recently published memoir, Teaching at the Top of the World (Pottersfield Press, June 2020), resulted from her placing second in the national Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2019 competition. This memoir relates her 10-year experience of living and teaching in the High Arctic. Odette is also co-author and illustrator for the children’s adventure series (Chocolate River Publishing): Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! (2016), Take Off to Tantramar (winner of the 2017 Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Children’s Literature) and Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia (2018).
Odette continues to be inspired in life and work by the intricacies of the natural world near her home on the shore of the beautiful Northumberland Strait. When she is not writing and illustrating her own stories, Odette writes, develops, and facilitates online science courses for senior high students throughout the province of New Brunswick.
Sara Jewell is the author of the collection of essays Field Notes: A City Girl’s Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia. As a freelance writer since 1994, her work appears most frequently in Broadview, Saltscapes, and At Home On the North Shore magazines. She also works as a lay worship leader in the United Church of Canada. Sara lives near Oxford, NS, along the River Philip with her husband, mother, a dog, three cats, and a flock of chickens.
Laurie Glenn Norris is a writer of historical fiction and non-fiction. Her book, Haunted Girl: Esther Cox & the Great Amherst Mystery, was a finalist for the 2013 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and, since 2015, it has been optioned to be made into a feature film. Her first novel, Found Drowned, was published in 2019, and she is currently working on Paper Remains, a non-fiction book of historical letters. Laurie is Education and Outreach Manager at the Joggins Fossil Institute.