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Call for Board Members at Sunbury Shores

Sunbury Shores Board of Directors Invites Expressions of Interest for New Members “Integrating arts and nature to enrich, challenge and inspire.” Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre Inc. is accepting expressions of interest for membership on our Board of Directors. Our volunteer Board steers the Centre, ensuring adequate resources to advance the SSANC mission through sound governance and financial management policies. More than ever, our organization and constituents realize the importance of art and nature for our collective well-being. We are seeking like-minded individuals to help lead our organization through these uncharted waters. Are you interested in:

  • Being a member of a collegial body committed to the advancement of “arts in nature, and nature in art”?
  • Providing technical and professional input, advice and guidance to the Board, such as financial, legal, donor relations, forward-thinking strategy development, governance, asset management?
  • Raising the profile of SSANC and building relationships with stakeholders, including major donors?

Do you have:

  • A passion for our mission and an understanding of our community? – Previous Board governance experience?
  • Successful core fund-raising experience? – Financial and/or risk management experience or expertise?
  • An open mind and ability to work responsibly and cooperatively on a team with many differing viewpoints?
  • Availability to meet at regular intervals throughout the year?
  • Willingness to participate in Committee activities and attend sub-Committee meetings?

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Please send a letter expressing your interest and detailing why you would be a good candidate for our Board, to Angela McLean, Director of Operations, by October 31: operations@sunburyshores.org, 139 Water St., St. Andrews, NB E5B 1A7

Mawi’Art and artsnb partner to support Indigenous arts in NB and beyond

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mawi’Art and artsnb partner to support Indigenous arts in NB and beyond October 2, 2020 (Fredericton) – Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artists Collective and the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate closely for the benefit of Indigenous artists and arts organizations in New Brunswick and beyond.

For years, artsnb has worked tirelessly to foster the development of Indigenous arts in New Brunswick. Notably, artsnb, with input from its Circle of Elders, inaugurated Equinox several years ago, a grant program open exclusively to NB Indigenous artists and arts organizations to help them bring their plans and ideas to fruition. artsnb also recently ran a number of workshops and a mini-conference aiming to help Indigenous musicians expand into new and wider markets. These projects have led to the release of a full album of original material (All My People) and a couple of music videos which have enjoyed much airplay online. These projects have also brought several of the participants to international venues in French Guyana, Morocco, and Australia.

artsnb worked with the other members of the Atlantic Public Arts Funders (APAF) network to create and run Petapan (First Light), the premier Indigenous arts symposium in the region. The first symposium was held in Nova Scotia in 2014, the second in New Brunswick in 2016, and the third one in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2019. At the last symposium, participants agreed that the next one should be organized by an Indigenous organization and that Mawi’Art should take on that role. APAF members supported this decision and agreed to lend Mawi’Art their knowledge and expertise.

Mawi’Art was established in 2013, originally as an organization to help Indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada develop and sell their work. Mawi’Art’s stated goals are to support their members through their artistic and business development activities, and to increase the profile of Indigenous arts from the Atlantic provinces by building partnerships across Canada, establishing and maintaining markets for members’ work, and providing opportunities for patrons to interact with members.

“Mawi’Art’s involvement in major events such as the Assembly of First Nations held in Fredericton in 2019 demonstrate our effectiveness in raising funds, finding partners, planning, organizing, and delivering complex projects on time and on budget,” stated Charlie Gaffney, Chair of Mawi’Art.

The new partnership agreement lays the groundwork for a closer collaboration between artsnb and Mawi’Art. In the short term, artsnb will share its experience with Mawi’Art to help them organize, promote and run the fourth Petapan symposium, which—COVID permitting—will be held in Fredericton in the summer of 2021. In the longer term, artsnb commits to helping Mawi’Art gather momentum and become a strong advocate for Indigenous artists and arts organizations in New Brunswick and the Atlantic region, so that they can grow and prosper.

“Artsnb is extremely pleased to enter into this important partnership with Mawi’Art. We are committed to the support of Indigenous artists, and happy to be a part of the planning of the fourth Petapan Symposium. We are all stronger together,” said Carol Collicutt, Chair of artsnb.

 

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Call for expression of interest: Join the ArtsLink NB Board

Are you passionate about arts and culture and the vibrancy of our province? Join our board! ArtsLink NB is looking for professional artists and arts enthusiasts to help steer our organization.

Founded in 2009, ArtsLink NB is a member-based arts service organization with a mandate to foster the sector’s contributions to a dynamic and prosperous province. We believe the arts are vital to all New Brunswickers.

Email: info@artslinknb.com for more information!

Call for applications – Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

A francophone artist

An anglophone artist

An indigenous artist

The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink NB and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, join forces again for the second Cross-cultural creation residency. A community residency between an acadian artist, an anglophone artist, and an indigenous artist in New Brunswick. 

This year’s program will take place in two week-long stages, in different NB communities. Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. 

The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments. Recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division. Art in itself is a means of expression and cohesion and makes it possible to break down the boundaries that all too often isolate us.

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OBJECTIVES OF THE RESIDENCE

  • To encourage the artistic exploration and the production of new works by providing space and time
  • To contribute to increasing the artistic quality of the work
  • To favour the collaboration and the sharing of expertise and experiences
  • To create significant cultural bridges of different cultural communities in the province.
  • To provoke encounters between artists and the public and to help raise awareness of the creative process.

The work in progress must be presented publicly at the end of each week. The artists will have complete freedom of creation, but will be called upon to open their creation space to allow the community to discover their work through open-studio visits. 

THE SELECTED ARTISTS UNDERTAKE TO :

  1. Provide their own working materials
  2. Interacting with the participating artists 
  3. Present publicly the work in progress at the end of each week in the form of an exchange with the public.
  4. Submit a final report to the AAAPNB, ArtsLink and Mawi’Art 30 days after the end of the residency. 

WHO CAN REGISTER?

  1. This project is open to emerging and professional artists of all disciplines.
  2. This project is open to Acadian artists who are members of the Acadian Association of Professional Artists of New Brunswick, ArtsLink artists and Aboriginal artists.

HOW TO REGISTER?

  1. Artists must register using the form and answer all questions. A detailed description of the creation project is mandatory (minimum 500 words).
  2. Artists must submit, in addition to the completed form, their artistic approach and an updated curriculum vitae. 
  3. The artists must be available for the duration of the residency, from March  15 to 28, 2020.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The applications will be examined by a jury of peers. The main qualities sought are:

  1. Feasibility of the proposed project;
  2. Artistic merits and originality of the artistic approach;
  3. The potential impact of the project on the career of the artist.

SCHEDULE

Deadline to submit: Feb. 12, 2020

The candidates will get a reply before Feb. 19, 2020.

WHAT THE RESIDENCY INCLUDES

  • A fee of $ 2,000
  • Reimbursement for moving from the artists’ residence to the places of the residences (beyond 50 km)
  • Accommodation
  • Per diem of food 
  • Creative premises

SEND APPLICATIONS TO:

Annik Landry – Responsible for artist services

Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick

140 rue Botsford, bureau 29, Moncton, NB, E1C 4X5

annik.landry@aaapnb.ca

506-852-3313 ext. 226

www.aaapnb. ca

-or-

Julie WhitenectExecutive Director

ArtsLink NB

89 Canterbury St., Suite 300, Saint John, NB, E2L 2C7

julie@artslinknb.com

506-608-9914

www.artslinknb.com

This project is a collaboration between ArtsLink NB, the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective and is made possible thanks to the support of the government of New Brunswick.

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 

Call for Professional Dance Artists from the Atlantic Provinces

Call for Professional Dance Artists from the Atlantic Provinces

Dear Dance Artists,

We cordially invite you to Strategy Dance 2019. We are proud to announce that this year’s event is organized in partnership with the Acadian Association of Professional Artists of New Brunswick (AAAPNB) and ArtsLink in order to include dancers from both linguistic backgrounds. Through this event, we hope to create strategies and develop the dance community together, since dance is an art form free of language barriers.

During this event, the second edition of Carte Blanche will take place on November 30th, 2019, at the Salle Bernard Leblanc on the 3rd floor of the Aberdeen Cultural Center at 8pm. The event will be followed by a business meeting the next day to follow up on projects launched during last year’s edition and to continue the development of the dance community by including our Anglophone and Aboriginal colleagues. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel to Moncton for a weekend dedicated to the Art of Dance!

Carte Blanche (November 30th, 8PM-10PM)

The aim of Carte Blanche is to offer a platform adapted to the needs of dance artists during which they can present work. Whether the project is in the research stage, in development or about to be completed, the only criteria to participate is to have something to share. Even improvisation (with or without audience participation) is more than welcome. You would only have to specify what you would like to show in the attached application form. The presence of peers and an informed audience will allow you to have feedback on your work whether it is vocal or sensory. Presenting, sharing and discussing in an inclusive environment are the objectives of Carte Blanche.

 

We are giving you carte blanche in the use of space. Shoes at the door, spectators and dancers will share the dance floor. We want to give you the maximum use of space while breaking the 4th wall. It will be your choice where you would like the audience to be during your performance (maximum of 10 minutes). Standing, sitting, in a circle, moving … it’s up to you.

 

In addition to a platform to perform, we will be providing a video of your performance that you can use for grants and future applications. The money accumulated at the door (in the form of a voluntary contribution) will be divided equally between the acts and given to the person/company who submitted the project.

As for the selection process, we would like to accept as many projects as possible, but if we do not have enough time, as we will only have 2 hours for the event, we will draw candidates by lottery. Preference will be given for artists from the Atlantic provinces.

The chosen artists will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses. Nevertheless, it may be possible to find housing among local artists.

Please fill out the attached application form before October 2nd, 2019, if you wish to present something at the event and send it to the following email: carteblanche.acadie@gmail.com . We will let you know on October 11th if your application was successful.

Business Meeting (December 1st, 1PM – 4PM)

In preparation for the December 1st business meeting, we invite you to think about some of the political issues that you believe are priorities for the advancement of dance in New Brunswick. If you were responsible for one of the projects launched after last year’s meeting, please prepare an update of the project with your committee in order to present it to the group. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the AAAPNB and ArtsLink with the needs we have collectively determined are our priorities as dance artists. These associations will then be able to better represent us and defend our interests on the political level. We will send another email in October with more details and the registration form for this meeting.

Hoping that you are as excited as we are,

Carte blanche 2019 committee:

Jalianne Li

Julie D. Thériault

Monelle Doiron

Sylvia Kasparian

carteblanche.acadie@gmail.com

APPLICATION FORM

Inter: Fuse, Lace, Relate

Elisgenooasig

Entre: Mêler, Lacer, Lier.

Inter: Fuse, Lace, Relate

 

January 24-February 14th, Galerie Sans Nom

Opening reception: Jan 24, 7pm

The exhibition Elisgenooasig, Entre: Mêler, Lacer, Lier, Inter: Fuse, Lace, Relate groups the work of artists Tara Francis, Nicole Haché, and Indigo Rain Poirier. In March 2019, l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink NB, and Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective created the Cross-Cultural Creative Residency that brought together Indigenous, Francophone, and Anglophone artists. During their residency, Tara Francis, Nicole Haché, and Indigo Poirier traveled to the community of Metepenagiag First Nation, Caraquet, and Saint John. 

Elisgenooasig, Entre: Mêler, Lacer, Lier, Inter: Fuse, Lace, Relate explores how through the experience of working and immersing in another community and environment it can allow a dialogue around shared experiences, knowledge and understanding. 

Tara Francis is a visual artist of Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Elsipogtog First Nation.  In her work, she is reimagining traditional Mi’kmaq teachings with a contemporary sensibility. Tara’s practice includes silk painting, acrylic, and porcupine quillwork. She facilitates workshops, participates in artist residences, and continues to exhibit her work locally and internationally.

Nicole Haché is from l’Île Lamèque and is now based in Caraquet, New Brunswick. Since 2002, she has been actively involved in the effervescence of arts and culture in the province. During her artistic journey, the Acadian artist stands out by participating in several projects of solo and group exhibitions, as well as several artist residencies in the provincial, national and international levels, in Europe, North America, and Africa.

 

Indigo Rain Poirier is an electronic musician originally from Kingsclear First Nation, now based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Indigo is an almost entirely self taught musician, learning how to play and write music by way of online resources and communities. In 2018, Indigo was named the Music NB Electronic Musician of the Year and has toured their project Wangled Teb, playing at Flourish Festival, Quality Block Party, Pop Montreal and Sled Island in Calgary to name a few.

Elisgenooasig, Entre: Mêler, Lacer, Lier, Inter: Fuse, Lace, Relate is on display starting September 6th at the Saint John Arts Centre until October 25, 2019. It will be traveling to Metapenagiag Heritage Park in November 2019, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton in January 2020 and at the Galerie Bernard-LeBlanc, Caraquet in March 2020.

 

This exhibition is curated by 3E Collective.

 

3E Collective was formed during the fall of 2018 while Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Erin Goodine, and Emilie Grace Lavoie were hired as emerging curators at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to curate the 50th anniversary exhibition of the New Brunswick Art Bank. While working together, they discovered that they worked well collaboratively, sharing knowledge and experience from their different educational and cultural backgrounds. 

 

This exhibition is supported by: 

The Government of New Brunswick, ArtsLink NB, Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, the Saint John Arts Centre and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.

Call for Submissions 2nd Creative Connections Conference: October 24-26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Submissions

2nd Creative Connections Conference: October 24-26, 2019

Please enter your submission here.

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2019

Creativity is leading the wave of innovation and change globally. Opportunities to share knowledge and strategies about the interdisciplinary and problem-solving potential of creativity are now critical in meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of today’s world.

This conference will be interactive and multidimensional; offering a variety of sessions designed to capture the imagination, inspire and engage participants through creative processes and problem solving. Participants will gain a greater understanding of creativity, its impact on our lives and how it can be used to address and solve real-life problems.

The guiding principles of the conference relate to the mission of the Atlantic Centre for Creativity. This interdisciplinary centre brings together disparate groups to explore how collaborative critical and creative engagement can be used to problem-solve, raise important dialogue, strengthen creative economies, and invigorate communities.

We are seeking submissions that are interdisciplinary, multimodal and interactive in nature. Creating combinations of the following areas such as:

  • Visual Art
  • Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Creative Writing
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Language Arts
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Health and Wellness
  • International Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Media Studies
  • Community Practices

Submission Website Conference Website 


The central goal of the Atlantic Centre for Creativity and the Creative Connections Conference is to increase awareness, and enhance creative practices across disciplines including: sciences, the arts, business, entrepreneurship and education. It will be an interdisciplinary, interactive and collaborative conference designed to encourage participants to ‘think outside the box’, take risks, share new ideas and enhance teaching practices.

FLOURISH Festival Annual Open Meeting

October 18 at 6pm at Shiftwork Studio (364 Queen Street)

All are welcome. We will be discussing:

  • How can we create awareness of our scene throughout the year?
  • What can we bring to the city that you would like to see? Dream big!
  • How can we make FLOURISH 2019 the best yet? How can we involve more people locally?

We will also be taking volunteer applications for both the festival and pre-festival fun: this means fun time for you and a free pass and new friends and you can brag about all of the cool stuff you are bringing to the city.

Call for Instructors: edVentures Workshops

Do you have unique and innovative ideas for craft workshops? edVentures Fredericton would be happy to hear about them and eager to promote them! Fredericton Tourism is currently accepting applications to instruct during the 11th year of edVentures: Learning Vacations in Craft and Culture.

The 2019 program will run from July 6-21. Full-day (9am-4pm) workshops that range from 1-5 days in length will be considered. We encourage all instructors to offer distinctive workshops that are only offered during edVentures (i.e. not offered on a regular basis outside of the program).

Please contact April.Thorne@Fredericton.ca for an application. All applications must be submitted by October 19, 2018.

Call to Artists for Recovery Art Show

Addiction and Mental Health Services Fredericton, Horizon Health Network, is pleased to issue a Call to Artists to participate in the 6th annual Recovery Art Show, an exhibition highlighting recovery from addiction and mental illness. Creativity and artistic expression can play an important role in recovery. The purpose of this exhibit is to show art depicting people’s experience of recovery, increase public awareness, spark discussion, teach and change perceptions.

The show will be exhibited at the Fredericton Public Library, November 1-29, 2018. Works in all media, of any size and completed in any year will be considered. Application deadline is October 12, 2018. Please contact nancy.morin2@gnb.ca to request a submission form or for further information.

Galerie Sans Nom: Help out! Find cool things!

We’ll admit it : our storage space is a mess.
Keep an eye on our socials the week of October 1st. We’ll invite you to come help us clean out this mysterious space : wether it’s by sorting nails & screws or by taking home any of our giveaway items. Pay what you can or pay nothing at all : we just want it gone!

GRAND MÉNAGE / BIG CLEANUP

On va l’avouer : La remise fait dure.
La semaine du 1er octobre, restez à l’affut. Nous vous inviterons à nous aider à remettre la remise de la GSN en ordre : en triant des clous ou en apportant des «gugusses» chez vous! Une genre de vente à débarras où tout est à vendre pour ce que vous pouvez donner – même si c’est rien!

Call for objects for artist-in-residence project

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE ALEXIS BULMAN
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 11, 2018

From September 29 to October 11, Connexion will host Alexis Bulman with the project Bound Between Seasons. Alexis is looking for community members, particularly in downtown Fredericton, to contribute objects stored on their property to this project.

 

 

Call for Committee Members: City of Fredericton Arts & Culture Advisory Committee

The Committee acts in an advisory capacity to Council on various arts and culture projects and initiatives. It is comprised of 10 to 15 members and one member of Council. Members are appointed based on their backgrounds, knowledge and expertise in various areas of the local arts and cultural community including: arts organizations, performing arts venues and presenters, festivals, visual arts, galleries, artists of any discipline, public art, business and economic development, arts and education institutions, First Nations, Francophone cultural community, multicultural community, heritage organizations, museums, libraries, youth and seniors.

To apply, please submit a letter with a summary outlining your background, qualifications, areas of knowledge and expertise, on or before August 24, 2018 to the following address:

Office of the City Clerk
City Hall
397 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 1B5E

mail: cityclerk@fredericton.ca

Members are appointed for a three-year term, subject to possible re-appointment and are required to attend meetings held every two months or on an as-needed basis. In addition, members may occasionally be asked to serve on a project-specific sub-committee related to cultural projects of the City. These are volunteer positions and, as such, no remuneration is provided.

Fredericton Arts Alliance Looking for Projects in Area Schools

The Fredericton Arts Alliance Looking for Projects in Area Schools

Teachers or artists can propose programs that would bring an artist to work in a school with a class of students for an extended period. Normally the projects would run from 15 to 25 hours. Artists can be from any discipline – visual art, music, writing, drama or more. The artists will be paid $600 per project. The FAA will also cover the cost of approved materials.

Previous projects have included puppetry, mural painting, musical theatre, art history, sculpture, an exploration of the use of wool through the years, and more. The successful applications will be for programs to run in the fall. If artists have a great idea, the FAA can work to find a school that would appreciate the project, and if a school has an idea, we can try to find an artist to carry it out. Full details and application forms are on the FAA website: frederictonartsalliance.ca.

Employment opp: Art Program Teachers

The Estey Art Initiative is a not-for-profit after school art program that is looking for teachers in Saint John. The ideal candidate is an artist or creative person who has a few hours to spare each week.

They Estey Art Initiative employs a team of professional artists who inspire and teach aspiring artists of all ages.
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Contact:
Call (506) 474-2430
Website:

Facebook page here.

Instagram here.

The best way to spread holiday cheer? Audition for the SJTC holiday production of Elf-The Musical

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins! Come out and audition for the November holiday opener. Auditions will be held at 112 Princess Street on:

  • Tuesday, September 4 (7-9pm)
  • Wednesday, September 5 (7-9pm)
  • Thursday, September 6 (7-9pm)
  • Saturday, September 8 (9am-12pm)

Those interested in auditioning are asked to show up for one of the audition dates; no appointment is necessary.

Elf – The Musical is part of the SJTC 2018-2019 Main Stage Series at Imperial Theatre. The holiday favourite follows the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

Elf – The Musical will be staged at Imperial Theatre and will run from November 21-25, 2018. The show will be directed by Jennifer Mabey.

Visit: http://saintjohntheatrecompany.com/auditions for additional information

Soundtrack of nature – Artists in Residence create music and birdhouses

Local artists will create music and birdhouses in the Garrison District Aug. 20 to 27.

Musician Alex Good and multidisciplinary artist Chelsea MacCormack will create their art in Casemate #11 of the SoldiersBarracks.

MacCormack, who uses natural building materials, will continue working on installations of birdhouses from the previous week, created using traditional materials such as birch bark, spruce root, and natural stains and oxides. She will link the birdhouses together using a continuous painting of the river.

Good, who has composed film scores for Maritime-based productions such as P.O.V., Owl River Runners, and We Ae Characters Incorporated, will create a musical montage inspired by the rivers impact on Wolastoq, Anglophone, and Francophone cultures.

The artist residencies, organized by the Fredericton Arts Alliance, encourage visitors to interact with the artists. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

THIRD SHIFT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

THIRD SHIFT is a growing project and labour of love. Each year we rely on our volunteers’ generosity to bring it all together. Volunteering is an amazing way to meet new people, participate behind the scenes and learn about the art projects in-depth. We’re now looking for reliable individuals to join the team. Contact our associate, Ashton at thirdshiftassociate@gmail.com for more information or to sign up!

Handworks Gallery Changes Ownership A New Chapter in Retailer’s History

SAINT JOHN, NB – August 9, 2018 – One of Saint John’s best known local retailers continues to be a success now under new ownership.

 

As of August 1st, Handworks Gallery is under the new ownership of Elizabeth Cook. An artist herself, she came to the gallery with years of experience from Gainsborough Galleries in Calgary, Alberta. Originally from Southern New Brunswick she was anxious to come back home and have the opportunity to work with artisans from her home province.  “Elizabeth has been part of the Handworks family for over a year now and I can think of no other person to move this gallery forward and continue to grow its reputation as the premier outlet for fine art, jewellery, pottery, woodwork, glass and sculpture,” said Oland.

 

Handworks Gallery had closed its doors suddenly in 2014.  Lisa Oland, a veteran retailer with a background in marketing and communications acted quickly to acquire the business to save it. “It was important to me that the gallery be restored to remain a fixture, not only in the Saint John community, but the province as a whole”, said Oland. With a commitment to build the gallery to a level that every artisan would be proud to be represented by, “ four years later, I am proud to say that Handworks has never been in such great shape. We grew from representing 65 artisans to 100 today and we have built a full online store.”

 

At the time of its closing back in 2014, many artisans were owed substantial sums of money from the previous owners. However, a promise was made by Oland to cover the debts of artists who continued to do business with the gallery. “It was a show of good faith to the local arts and crafts community members who continued to sell their work at the gallery,” said Oland.

 

Elizabeth Cook added it is her intention to build upon Handworks Gallery’s reputation and to draw from her own experience from Western Canada. “I believe in our Maritime artisans and what they have to offer and I look forward to providing our customers with a wide range of one-of-a-kind works,” she said.

 

Oland and Cook released the news to their artists last Friday, August 3rd, to ensure a smooth transition. “We have been receiving a huge amount of support from the artists. Working with them for the past year and building that relationship has made the switch very natural,” said Cook.

 

Media Contact: Elizabeth Cook, Elizabeth.cook@handworks.ca, 506-631-7626