Erica Stanley is an artist, educator, arts advocate and arts administrator living along the beautiful Saint John River, in New Brunswick. Currently transitioning back to NB from three years of teaching jewellery at the Nunavut Arctic College, she misses the North yet feels welcomed back by the flowing waters and rolling hills all around her. She and her husband and artist, Aidan Stanley, are opening their studio & gallery space this coming September, dubbed “Queenstown Goldsmiths.” The duo open their gallery officially on September 5th.
Erica’s artwork focuses on creating recycled gold wedding rings for clients, transforming their shared story into continuous circles: rings. Her respect for the earth influences her efforts to be as eco-conscious a goldsmith as possible. Her one-of-a-kind artwork is constructed mainly from silver, gold, re-purposed gold, and mixed media, including: feathers, stones, buttons and found objects. She sometimes branches out into acrylic paintings, prints, video installation, and growing art. Her work deals with ideas around natural beauty and place, physicality and energetic protection.
Holding a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of New Brunswick, a Diploma in Fine Craft, and a Diploma of Advanced ?Studies from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Erica continues her studies in Adult Education as well as Inuktitut as a Second Language.