I’m Buying an NB Book!

Saturday, September 18, 2021, is I’m Buying an NB Book! day. Bookstores, publishers, and literary organizations across New Brunswick have teamed up to launch this initiative which aims to highlight New Brunswick authors and increase sales of their books in local bookstores.

With literature as with food, buying local has a positive impact on the vitality and growth of our community. We invite readers and the literary sector to participate in I’m Buying an NB Book! day in their own way.

All initiatives put forward by individuals or by organizations to promote or to participate in this day are welcomed.

Here are a few ways to participate:

📖 Customize the I’m Buying an NB Book! poster (can be printed here: https://bit.ly/3BHjccj) by adding the address or website of a local bookstore or publisher and place the poster in a public setting (bookstore, library, market, theatre, cultural centre, restaurant, cafĂ©, community centre, university, college, etc.).

 Use the digital poster, tagline, and hashtags (#September18 #myNBbooks #IReadLocal) to promote I’m buying an NB book! day on social media (downloadable digital posters here: https://bit.ly/3BHjccj).

 Share your New Brunswick book suggestions on social media.

 Encourage your friends to participate in I’m Buying an NB Book! day.

 Share a picture or a list of your new books on social media to show how you participated in I’m Buying an NB Book! day.
To stay up to date, join our Facebook event!

Hooper Studios Gallery

Liane Thibodeau will be the host artist in the morning, and Judy Brittain will be demoing her mosaics in the afternoon. Kathy & Sue will be showing paintings in Kathy’s home. The gardens still look lovely. Thanks for supporting your local artists!

Judy will be demoing her mosaic craft in the downstairs studio. There is a parking lot behind the studio or you can park on the road.

The Gallery features work by; Cathy Love will show a selection of her beautiful photography. Sue and Kathy with prints, cards and sculptures…. There are some John Hooper sculptures for sale in the near future. “Cronos” is on exhibit now. We have paintings by Fred Harrison, Larry Stewart,  collage/paintings by Toby Graser and fibre art by Sophia Bella. Judy Brittain has a variety of lovely mosaics. Phil Savage has amazing stone sculptures and wood carvings of his “ herd”, bears, hippos, horses and more. Enjoy wood, epoxy art pieces by Andy Merrithew and beautiful photography flower art with Liane Thibodeau and Wendy Langille. Wendy will also have some flower bouquets and cards.

Otherwise we are open by chance or appointment   
Sue 650-3333 or Kathy 832-5255
177 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton. 
Hooper Studios Instagram:  #artathooperstudios

SCA Elected Members’ Exhibition

We are honoured to be hosting this powerful exhibition, the Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members’ Exhibition!
The works in the exhibit are available online and the opening is on Friday, September 10, from 4-7 pm. The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, October 2, 2021.
(There are no tickets or reservations required – drop in anytime during the evening! This will be our first opening in this fashion since the start of the pandemic, and we’re excited to see you all again! Please note that masks are mandatory while you are inside the gallery.)

This show features artworks by 36 artists from across Canada. Five of these artists will be honoured with awards totalling $7,000, including the prestigious Mary Pratt Crystal Award. The awards will be presented at 5 pm on Friday, September 10!

The SCA is a national, non-profit artists’ organization dedicated to expanding the visibility and stature of the visual arts. They are comprised of nearly 400 elected and associated members from across the country. We were hosts to this delightful annual exhibition in June 2017, and we are excited to be hosting it again this year. It is truly a treat to have the works of these prestigious guest artists on display and available for purchase. Come experience the show until October 2!

these are our monuments

these are our monuments
11 September – 2 November
rudi aker, Patricia Bourque, Lindsay Dawn Dobbin, Meagan Musseau
Curator: Emily Critch

these are our monuments is a gathering of artwork that honours the histories and memories embedded in the traditional waterways of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik. The title of the exhibition comes from “Poem 10,” by Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe, in which she expresses a desire for the reader to reject colonial understandings of historical records and monuments and emphasizes the importance of holding reverence for the lands and waters that connect us throughout Mi’kma’ki and Wabanaki Territory. Using photography, installation, beadwork, sound, and poetry, the artists generate counter-cartographic narratives that honour the kinships and knowledge systems held within these waterways that sustain us.
Curator Walkthrough with Emily Critch
10 September, 7:00 pm
Register to attend at: theseareourmonuments.eventbrite.ca 
Join Owens Art Gallery Adjunct Curator, Emily Critch, for a special walkthrough of the exhibition these are our monuments.
Venue Access

The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street also have a handrail, but there is no ramp. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second-floor gallery is not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the second floor. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals.

Gendered bathrooms are located in the basement and are not wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the basement.

There are two, reserved, accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery. All parking on campus is free. See the Campus Map for all visitor parking.

If you have any questions about your visit, please email owens@mta.ca or call (506) 364-2574
We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of the land on which we live. It is upon the unceded, ancestral lands of L’nuk (the Mi’kmaq) that the Owens Art Gallery is built. While this area is known as Sackville, New Brunswick, it is part of Siknikt, a district of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which L’nuk, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1725. We express gratitude for the opportunity to love, work and play on this land.

GROUNDWORKS: Improv with Solo Chicken!

Three levels of training suitable for hatchlings and hens alike!

Adding to our GROUNDWORKS roster, Solo Chicken is now offering in-depth training in improvisation! Led by improv veteran and Hot Garbage Comedy Co-Founder, Jean-Michel Cliche, this tiered program offers fun and focused training for performers of all experience levels!

For more information, visit https://www.solochickenproductions.com/improv

The Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery – Currents exhibit opening, Buttermilk Creek and Fall Workshops

Deanna Musgrave and Amy Ash

August 28 – October 2

Artists’ Opening August 28, 2-4 pm

The artists will talk about their work at 2:30 pm.

This is a chance to meet artist Deanna Musgrave,
creator of”Mirror” in the Library at CNHS.

Vendor registration form

Personalized Art T Shirt

Trudy Gallagher

September 18, 10am – 5pm

Create your own personal art wear.
Subtractive art is when you remove the colour to create a design and that’s what you will be doing in this workshop while working with bleach gel and paint brushes.

To register, call the Gallery, 392-6769.


October 1-3

See website for details.
To register, call the Gallery, 392-6769.
Eco Print a Silk Scarf with Renata Britez

with James Buxton

Victorian Style Crazy Quilting
with Cat Candow

Jewellery Workshop
with Trudy Gallagher

Beginner Rughooking
with Mary Grant

Intermediate Rughooking
with Mary Grant

Huge Charcoal Drawing
with Stephen Hutchings

Sip and Paint
with Jennifer Stead

Label Design
with Chris Tompkins

pARTicipate with Music 
October 2
at Second Wind Music Centre

See website for details.
To register, call (506) 425-4999 or
email secondwindmusiccentre@gmail.com
Introduction to Ukulele
with Peter McLaughlin
Concert/Sing a Long
with Peter and Friends

Thread Painting Workshop

Kathy Tidswell

October 23, 9:30am – 4pm

Learn the basics of free motion
embroidery or thread painting
using your regular
zigzag sewing machine.

Cost $50 plus supplies

To register, call the Gallery, 392-6769.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday 10:30 am – 5 pm
Thursday 12 – 8 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 5 pm

Matt Mays added to Harvest 2021, Bettye LaVette withdraws

Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter Matt Mays of Dartmouth has been added to the Friday Blues Tent performances as part of this year’s Harvest Music Festival. Mays and his band take the 6pm slot opened up due to the withdrawal of American soul legend, Bettye LaVette, from the festival this week.

“Matt Mays has been one of this country’s most popular contemporary artists over the past decade” said Brent Staeben, Harvest Music Programmer. “He’s been an absolute fan favourite of Harvest audiences and that’s because he puts on a helluva show every time he steps on stage. We’re very pleased to add another iconic Atlantic Canada artist with an impressive national profile to this year’s line up.”

Mays fills in a slot in the Friday schedule vacated by LaVette who had to withdraw due to challenges meeting the Federal Government’s COVID requirements for entering Canada. “Bettye and her team were challenged to meet all of the requirements imposed by the Government of Canada for Americans to enter Canada given their very busy schedule before the festival and decided it was best to postpone to next year,” said Staeben. “We immediately accepted Bettye’s offer to re-book her and her band for 2022. We completely understand her situation and wish her and her bandmates continued safe and good health”.

Mays and his full band will take to the Blues tent stage Friday September 17th at 6pm. Tickets are $39.50 plus fees and HST and will be available on Thursday August 26th at 11AM on the Ticketpro Website. Like the LaVette show, the Ultimate Pass gains the holder access to the Matt Mays show.

For those holding Bettye LaVette tickets, refunds are available upon request up until Friday September 10th or they can be redeemed for the Matt Mays show which is now in the same time slot as the original scheduled LaVette show.

“I am sorry to report that we have chosen to drop out of this year’s Harvest Festival in Canada. We were very much looking forward to the show. However, due to the entry regulations that were set in place by the Canadian Government, we have decided it would be best to reschedule our appearance until next year. We hope to see you then. Stay safe everybody!” – Bettye LaVette

For more information, please contact:
Jeff Richardson
General Manager, Harvest Music Festival

Fall 2021 Workshops & Courses | Jones Gallery


From the Venus de Milo to Guernica, this course explores significant art objects and examines the work of artists who influenced the course of Western art history. Course lectures consider major art historical periods and styles, beginning with ancient Greece and Rome and concluding with the myriad of art movements that emerged in the early twentieth century.



Sarah Jones leads an interactive full-day course on painting in oil with palette knives, scrapers, and other things with hard edges. You will learn about preparing a surface and work area for knife painting, techniques and approaches, how to use oil paint and painting mediums, and caring for your tools.



This course explore ways of understanding and interpreting art objects and exhibitions, equipping participants with ways of seeing and finding meaning in works of art and encouraging a confident and curious approach to the art world. Course sessions examine broad art historical movements and themes as well as contemporary art considerations, how the art market functions, ways to visit museums and galleries without being overwhelmed, and how to begin or grow your own art collection.

This course is designed to be accessible to non-artists and people who may be new to visiting galleries or museums, or for those who want to develop approaches to looking at art or have questions about participating in art events. In other words, no previous art-knowledge necessary! This course is offered in a small-group setting, and questions from participants are warmly encouraged!


All Fall 2021 education programming will take place at our new gallery location, 122 Prince William Street (read more about the move on our homepage.)

All classes will follow Covid-19 health guidelines at the time of offering. We will also conduct enhanced cleaning and sanitation before and after each session. Mask wearing while moving about the gallery or while closely interacting with others will be encouraged. We will work to provide ample physical spacing between participants or participant groups.

Jones Gallery, 1 Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB, E2L 2H3, Canada

Artist in Residence: Gabrielle BĂ©langer

(English Follows)

Joignez-nous ce vendredi 20 aoĂ»t dans le parc du Sommet pour rencontrer l’artiste Gabrielle BĂ©langer de 12h Ă  13h30.

Gabrielle Bélanger est en résidence à l’Atelier d’estampe Imago depuis le 9 août. Emportez votre lunch et venez à sa rencontre au parc des arts du Sommet devant le Centre culturel Aberdeen demain après-midi (vendredi 20 août) de 12h à 13h30. Elle sera présente avec La Carriole Bis, son atelier de sérigraphie mobile pour faire une démonstration de sérigraphie. Elle prendra parole à 12h15 pour discuter de ses projets en cours et présenté son travail effectuer lors de sa résidence. Les gens auront aussi la chance d’imprimé à leur tour. Ouverts à tous!

La présentation sera en français seulement.

Merci Ă  ArtsNB pour le support financier.

Les questions ou les demandes des médias peuvent être envoyées à direction@atelierimago.com.

Join us this Friday, August 20 in Sommet Park to meet artist Gabrielle BĂ©langer

Gabrielle BĂ©langer has been in residence at Imago since August 9. Bring your lunch and come meet her at the Sommet Park in front of the Aberdeen Cultural Center tomorrow afternoon (Friday, August 20) from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. She will be presenting her current work at 12:15 pm and will also have La Carriole Bis, her mobile screen printing set up, so visitors can try printing. Open to all! 

The presentation will be in French only.

Thanks to ArtsNB for the financial support. 

Questions or media requests can be sent to direction@atelierimago.com.

Spotlight: The Andrew and Laura Mccain Art Gallery

Spotlight: The Andrew and Laura Mccain Art Gallery

The Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery, located in Florenceville-Bristol, NB, was established in 1984 and was the dream of the late Billie McCain. The mission at the ALMAG is to increase art access, awareness, and appreciation in our community. In 2020 the River Art Centre & Studios was donated to the Gallery from McCain Foods and offers various creative spaces accessible to all.

The River Art Centre has an active and full line up of summer, fall, and winter programming available on the McCain Art Gallery website

Their summer exhibitions include:

“Vanitas: sur la mer / Vanitas by the Sea”, paintings by Barbara Safran de Niverville.

“Isolated / / Together”, a collection of artful masks designed and created by 14 artists from around the province in partnership with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Atlantic Ballet being shown in the West Gallery. 

“Currents: Deanna Musgrave and Amy Ash” opens on August 28 from 2pm – 4pm and will run until October 2, 2021.

Their fall exhibitions will be a retrospective of the flower paintings of Irene Tompkins, and “The Last Great Painting Of The 20th Century by Al Smith” opening October 9, 2021, in the West Gallery. 

Finally, the year wouldn’t be complete without their well loved “Small Works” exhibition that opens November 20, 2021. 

Admission to the Gallery is free.

The McCain Art Gallery has many events planned throughout the Fall of 2021.

What is fall in Canada without a fall fair? Drive up to Florenceville-Bristol for the annual Buttermilk Creek Fall Festival, a festival of arts and crafts which will be held this year at the Multiplex in Centreville. This festival is the opportunity to find beautifully crafted local art works and to support local artists.

pARTicipate Arts & Nature Festival, happening on the first weekend of October when the colours are at their height, will once again be offering a series of workshops designed for all levels of curiosity and experience. With an outstanding line up of artist-instructors including Renata Britez, James Buxton,  Stephen Hutchings, Cat Candow, Chris Tompkins, Jennifer Stead, Mary Grant, and Trudy Gallagher, there will be something for everyone. Workshop spaces are limited so register early. Details are available on the Mccain Art Gallery website or visit their Facebook for up to date information. 

You may also call the Mccain Art Gallery at 392-6769 and they will be happy to help. 

The McCain Art Gallery has been working on completing a number of creative projects, some that have spanned the length of the Pandemic. 

The McCain Art Gallery is looking forward to the publication of a collection of critical writing about the 2019 exhibition “Gardens, Beasts and Warriors: Anna Torma, Istvan and David Zsako”. This group exhibition of the art of three artists from one family became the catalyst for all manner of creative responses from writers Sue Sinclair, Brigitte Rivers, Amy Ash, Celine Gorham, Christiana Myers, Kara AU and Kristy Bell.  This collection will contribute to the conversation surrounding their art to be released in September.

The ALMAG in partnership with the Town of Florenceville-Bristol has an active Public Art Programme that never stops. In 2020 two new commissions were installed along Main Street and in September 2022, a sculpture by NB artist Colin Smith, titled Local Nature will be unveiled beside the River Art Centre. 

Soon to be installed beside the Boardwalk overlooking the Saint John River in the heart of Florenceville-Bristol, opposite the Gallery, will also be an audio recording of a poem by George Peabody called “Atlantis”. Written many years ago, this poetic tribute to the river will be audible to anyone with a device.

To keep up to date with the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery and the River Art Centre visit their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.