websiteAlthough Jean Frances first trained as a visual artist, she often wrote poems on the empty pages in her agendas and sketchbooks. Her work includes the following:
- A weekly ‘Art Talk’ column for the Northern Light newspaper from 1990 to 1995
- A self- published book “There’s A Dragon In Bathurst”, which received the Lieutenant Governor’s Early Childhood Literacy Award for children’s poetry in 1998
- Writing the lyrics to the “St. Andrews Anthem”, with music composed by Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey for the town of St. Andrews, N.B. in 2001
- In 2001 she was poet laureate for the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy in Bathurst, N.B. The descriptive poem ‘Ode to Gowan Brae’ was written during the event and presented orally at the closing.
- A winning poem, ”O Christmas Tree”, published in theTelegraph Journal Christmas contest 2006
- Three poems accompanying images of artwork titled, “By the River” published in Bread n’Molasses magazine Jan/Feb 2010
- A solo exhibit in 2013 at Gallery 360 in Bathurst titled, ‘Christmas Images’, included more than a dozen related poems.
Jean Frances has volunteered extensively in the schools and community reading her poems, story telling, performing with her guitar or autoharp and doing art. She has taught art classes with the Toronto Public Libraries, the Public School System in New Brunswick and privately. She was a founding member and served as Secretary and President of CNAAC, an arts and culture group that is now the Bathurst Art Society
Education: B.A. Fine Arts Humanities(1976) Mc Master University
Toastmaster Accreditation (1998), member WFNB