Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre is proud to present our 2018 line-up of Juried and Signature exhibitions in the Water Street Gallery.Exhibition of art plays a major role in the mandate of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre. We are proud to host a diverse array of contemporary art in our newly renovated gallery spaces in the historic Sunbury Shores building on Water Street.

Sunbury Shores offers Juried Exhibitions as well as Signature Invitational Exhibitions. Both programs are designed to enrich and develop the arts in Charlotte County.

Annually 6-8 Juried Exhibitions are mounted based on the recommendation of a professional jury who review applications for group and solo shows. This program aims to showcase a range of media and assist artists in career building opportunities. This is the main stream for artists and groups interested in exhibiting at Sunbury Shores. The application for this program can be found below with an annual deadline of September 30.

Each year, gallery space is reserved for Signature Invitational Exhibitions to offer local practising artists, young emerging artists and critically acclaimed artists a venue to highlight new and challenging  work. This program is developed by the Executive Director and aims to actively engage with current artistic dialogue and represent local talent.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the jurors of the 2018 exhibition cycle for their generous contribution of time and for their willingness to share their expertise through participating on our jury.

Juried Exhibitions are aimed at the promotion of established or emerging artists who demonstrate cutting edge expertise and innovation, particularly (but not exclusively) as related to integration of art and nature. Jurors are chosen from a pool of expertise compiled by the Executive Director to cover all media that Sunbury Shores is capable of exhibiting, and to ensure arms-length review from expertise on Sunbury Shores Board of Directors and Staff.



With over 15 years experience in contemporary fine craft, Maegen Black has built a career from her passion. As the Director of the Canadian Crafts Federation, she works directly with professional craft organizations across the country to tackle collaborative projects, increase networking in the field, and advocate for craft and culture at the provincial, territorial and federal level. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Material Art and Design program, she holds a Bachelor of Design in jewellery and metalsmithing, and has undertaken continuing education courses and workshops both in studio practice and in not for profit professional development to continue advancing her skills. A writer and curator, she has been published as a guest author and essayist in contemporary craft publications, periodicals, and exhibition catalogs.


Jennifer Stead joined the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery as Executive Director & Curator in February 2017.  Along with a successful professional art practice, Jennifer has over 25 years of art education experience having worked in five provinces and at all levels of visual art education. She received her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, completed an Arts Education degree at McGill University and completed her MFA at the University of Calgary, winning the 2007 Chancellor’s Medal for her thesis. As a practicing artist Jennifer’s art is based in painting and drawing and her public art sculptures are an extension of that practice. Her work is represented in various private, public and corporate collections nationally and she has been the recipient of many provincial and federal arts grants.


Dr. Rob Bartlett is a resident of the St. Andrews area, and a Past President of Sunbury Shores. The asset he brings as a juror is a strong commitment to the role of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Center. He sees Sunbury as an advocate for both the arts and for artists, and he sees our center as a critical resource locally, regionally and provincially.  A key challenge for Sunbury is to balance its role supporting local artists, while also being a leading venue to showcase the work of noteworthy provincial, national, and international artists.  As a juror, there was a wonderful opportunity to work with this exciting diversity of art and artists.

Rob is an amateur artist, painting in acrylics and oils.  His work has been shown in various exhibits across southern New Brunswick including a ‘half gallery’ exhibit at Sunbury Shores.  He also sculpts in local Maritime stone as a member of the Chamcook Stoners.  His stone works have been shown in the biennial shows of New Brunswick stone sculptors hosted at Sunbury as well as at the Saint John Arts Center.