JULIE WHITENECT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR- SAINT JOHN

Julie is a printmaker, based in Saint John, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University ’14. Julie is very engaged in the local arts ecosystem and has been with ArtsLink NB for the past 5 years. Julie believes that “the arts” is one of the most important tools we have to engage our communities and revitalize our economy. She is committed to assisting the advancement of arts and culture in our province. julie@artslinknb.com; 506.608.9914

TEAGAN KEITH, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER- SAINT JOHN

Teagan is a graduate from Humber College’s Theatre Production program in Toronto, ON. Born and raised in Saint John, she came back home to become involved in the blossoming arts scene she has always loved. After gaining a formal education in the art of backstage, she hopes to become further involved with the local theatre community while working at ArtsLink. Her recent experience includes 2 summers with the Fundy Fringe Festival, and stage managing Glengarry Glen Ross at the Saint John Theatre Company. teagan@artslinknb.com; 506.646.1832

KENZIE HANCOX, PROJECT COORDINATOR- SAINT JOHN

Kenzie Hancox is a graduate from Mount Allison University where she studied Modern Languages, Literature, and Culture with a concentration in German and French. This was accompanied by a Minor in Religious Studies which focused primarily on Eastern practices and iconography. As a former returning ArtsLink intern, Kenzie is pleased to be back and eager to now be apart of setting up the Arts Education Project to incorporate arts-based curricula into New Brunswick schools. kenzie@artslinknb.com; 506.266.5777

MARK BURNETT, EVENT COORDINATOR- QUISPAMSIS

Mark Burnett is a professional marketer and event producer. He resides in Quispamsis, New Brunswick with his wife Ashley and two daughters: Parker (9) and Stevie (2). Beginning his professional career in 2003, Mark has worked with the JoyFM Radio Network, has produced and promoted shows for British recording artist Ethan Ash as well as stand-up comedian James Mullinger. Other career highlights include producing comedy shows for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, working with Salesforce Marketing Cloud and most recently working with Saint John Hyundai as their Marketing Manager. Mark is looking forward to working with ArtsLink NB as their event coordinator as he plans and produces Atlantic Canada’s largest art symposium in the fall of 2020. mark@artslinknb.com; 506.609.6699


OUR BOARD

JULIE SCRIVER,  PRESIDENT – FREDERICTON

PR-6Creative director at Goose Lane Editions, Julie has a background in dance (way back), English and French literary studies, and a smattering of life behind the scenes in theatre. She’s brought her expertise to bear on all manner of art publications, exhibitions, and interpretive sites for such clients as the Frick Art & Historical Center, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Saint John Waterfront Development, the Canadian War Museum, and many organizations, independent writers, and artists. Photo Credit: Bob Morgan


JOHN CUSHNIE, VICE PRESIDENT – SUSSEX

2016-bio-photoJohn Edward Cushnie is a professional artist living in New Brunswick with a practice focused on human vulnerability as it relates to the physical environment, notions of individuality, and contemporary representations of masculinity.
John has worked as a visual arts instructor at Mount Allison University, the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), and Western University, and has been involved with the Canadian Artist-run Centre movement for a number of years. He has served as the executive director of Connexion ARC (Artist-run Centre for Contemporary Art); as the Atlantic representative for the Artist-run Centres and Collective Conference of Canada (ARCA); the chair of the 2017 Conference Committee for the Association of Artist-run Centres from the Atlantic; and as a member of the remuneration sub-committee for the Premier’s Committee on the Status of the Artist.
He is currently represented by Buckland-Merrifield Gallery in Saint John, NB.


CANDICE OTROSKI, SECRETARY, BATHURST

Candice is a watercolour artist located in Bathurst NB, and finds inspiration in the landscape and people that surround her in the Chaleur Bay region. For the last few years, she has been very busy helping to manage and promote arts in Northern New Brunswick. Candice is the secretary and marketing director of the Bathurst Art Society. She has also organized and presented community art events, recognizing that the arts make life more beautiful and unites people. The subject of promoting the arts in small cities and rural areas has been of particular interest to this artist, and she hopes that she can keep being a force for good when it comes to the arts in the North of the province.


MICHAEL WENNBERG, ROTHESAY

PR-4A retired lawyer, Mike is very active in the Saint John and provincial arts scenes. Former chair of the Saint John Community Arts Board, he oversaw the adoption of a municipal cultural policy that included a One Percent For Public Art Policy. Mike was instrumental in Saint John being named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010, and was a founding member of Sculpture Saint John. He is currently on the Board of Symphony New Brunswick and Imperial Theatre Foundation.


DAVID ADAMS, SAINT JOHN

PR-8A violinist who has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician, David is artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, plays principal violin with the Saint John String Quartet and concertmaster for Symphony New Brunswick and Atlantic Sinfonia. David is often heard on regional and national CBC radio programs; with the Saint John String Quartet he has toured Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and China.


THERESA MACKNIGHT, ST. ANDREWS

Theresa Macknight is a visual artist and art teacher living in St. Andrews. She is an alumni of Mount
Allison University, Nova Scotia College of Craft and Design and the University of New Brunswick. She has been teaching high school visual art for 27 years and has worked on curriculum development committees for visual art at the department of education. During her years in northern New Brunswick, she was the founder and first president of the Miramichi Art Core. She served for several years as co-VP of NBVAEA and now serves on the board of directors and programming committee at Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre. In her studio practice, Theresa works in oils and encaustics, which she manufactures herself from beeswax made in New Brunswick. This sense of place inspired by her materials and her deep family roots in Charlotte County is central to her work. She is currently represented by Serendipin’ Art and Handworks Gallery


CHRISTINE GOODWIN, DIEPPE

Christie Goodwin is currently acting principal oboist and has been a core member of Symphony New Brunswick since 2011.  She held the position of principal oboist of the Niagara Symphony until 2012 and has previously held principal and section-leader positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra.  Christie has been featured with orchestras both as an oboe and English Horn soloist on multiple occasions and has appeared as a freelance musician in ensembles throughout Southern Ontario and the Maritimes.

Originally from small-town Alberta, Ms. Goodwin completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia and the Artist’s Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.  Christie teaches oboe at the University of Moncton, has taught courses and guest-lectured at Mount Allison University and teaches private lessons from her home studio in Dieppe. She acts as co-ordinator, administrator and project manager for Ventus Machina.


MARIAH SOCKABASIN- TOBIQUE FIRST NATION

Mariah Sockabasin is a Wabanaki Fashion Artist from Neqotkuk. In 2015, Mariah graduated with
a Diploma in Fashion Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Mariah is currently
exploring with dyeing techniques on moose & deer leather. She creates everyday wearable art that
embodies strength and pride in oneself. Her work touches on personal themes of the artist, her interest in history and how the old mixes with the new. Mariah is always aiming to incorporate her traditional teachings and materials in her pieces. Her goal is to promote conversational pieces that educate and share her culture.


KATHRYN HAMER, PAST-PRESIDENT – SACKVILLE

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Former vice-president of the University of New Brunswick Saint John and dean of arts at Mount Allison University, Kathy Hamer is a master administrator with a passion for the arts. As well as her role with ArtsLink, Kathy serves on the boards of the New Brunswick Museum and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
A published author, she is fluently bilingual.