“Four Watercolour Painters” Opens at Hooper Studios

“Four Watercolour Painters”

Opens Saturday, July 23rd, 10-4 and runs until August 13th

Hooper Studios Gallery, 177 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton

New Brunswick painters David McKay, Helen Shideler, Trish Tingley and David Reeves come together in

one space to show their diverse range of style, technique and subject matter through watercolour

painting. Meet the artists, watch watercolour demos and maybe try your hand at it! Light refreshments

will be served.

For more information about this show and the Gallery please contact Tandi @ 640-0205 or visit

www.ilivewithart.ca or visit www.artathooperstudios.com. Hooper Studios Gallery is open each

Saturday 10-4 or by chance/appointment.

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Painting with Words and Silk in Fredericton’s Downtown

Painting with words and silk in Fredericton’s downtown

Artists Abby Paige & Allison Green will be exploring themes of home, borders, and places with manuscripts and life-like silk textiles in the casemate-turned-stone-studio.

Abby Paige is a poet, playwright, and performer who moved to New Brunswick from the United States in 2008. Her written work often “explores borders, real or imagined, between peoples, places, generations, and genres.” During Abby’s first residency at the Soldiers’ Barracks in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District, she would like to conduct informal interviews and use other interactive approaches to engage visitors in the studio. Paige plans to consider the theme of ‘New Ground’ by developing “a poetic sequence that explores what it means to be from away.” Her project will draw on her own experiences as an immigrant from the USA to Canada, as well as stories from the public in order to reflect different perceptions of here vs. there, home, and belonging. Paige has won several awards and holds a BA from Vassar College in New York and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont.

Visual artist Allison Green makes nearly-living sculpture and textile art. As an honours graduate from Fredericton’s NBCCD, and a recipient of both the Nel Oudemans Award & ArtsNB Creation Grant, she has shown her commitment to making art in New Brunswick. Green will be in residence for a fourth time and will create “a series of silk paintings, each painted and machine embroidered on-site.” Alison says “this is a colourful and delightful process and in my experience visitors are always excited to try their hand at painting with dyes. These paintings will draw on imagery from the home where I have put down permanent roots, to the places I visit, which are home for only a short point in time. I combine these places in my work, looking for common threads across geographical distances.”

The artists will be in residence from July 25 to 31 and will welcome visitors to the studio any day of the week.

Announcing the larger than life cast of our Main Stage opener!

Announcing the larger than life cast of our Main Stage opener!




An original adaptation of the heart warming holiday classic.

Adapted & Directed by Bob Doherty



Gilbert Boyce as Kris Kringle & Grace Maloney as Susan Walker


as well as…


DORIS WALKER  – Pippa Wennberg

DREW ROBERTS (Fred in 1947 movie) – Cliff Turner

JOYCE SHELLHAMMER  (Manager Toy Dept.) – Aryelle Morrison

WANDA DIMARCO  (Doris’s Receptionist) – Shelly Smith

DR.  JAMES PIERCE – Vince Gregg

MR. J. R. BRINDLE (CEO, Macy’s) – Dean Turner

MARGARET SAWYER  (Macy’s HR Person) – Kendra Murray


Mr. Wilby – Brian Jennings

Mrs. McLain – Heidi Patullo

MRS. M. L. JACKSON (CEO, Sak’s 5th Ave.) – Ellen Snider


Mrs. Cunningham – Beth Pollock

Mrs. Richards – Christine Morgan-Ahearn

Mr. Antoine – Matt Hamilton

JUDGE  HENRY X. HARPER – Chad Humphries

PETER FINLEY (Judge’s clerk) – Jonathan Bruce

LOUELLA HALLORAN (Political advisor) – Trudy Richardson

PAT MURRAY (Bailiff) – Nancy Smythe

MACY’s  SECURITY GUARD – Brian Jennings

SOUSED  SANTA – Doug Fillmore

ALFRED (Macy’s elf & Santa helper) – James Lamey

DR. ROGERS (Bellevue Chief Psychiatrist) – John Martin

BELLEVUE PSYCHIATRISTS – Matt Hamilton, Nancy Smythe, Christine Morgan-Ahearn

BELLEVUE ATTENDANTS – Karen Hatt, Doug Fillmore

CAROL STEEVES (Nurse at Maplewood Home) – Mary Boyce

ROBIN MARA (District Attorney) – Nathan McFarlane

ROBYN MARA – Grace Brown

Mothers who bring daughters to see Santa Claus at Macy’s Dept. Store:


JULIE CHAMBERS – Rachael Ahearn

MRS. SHEILA VISSER – Heidi Patullo

ANIKA VISSER  (Adopted Dutch girl) – Aven Totten


EILEEN  O’LEARY – Shelby Scott

MRS. AMORETTI (poor woman helped by Kris) – Tina Fowler

JOEY AMORETTI (mini mobster-type) – Finn Turner

PAULY AMORETTI (older brother) – Felix Turner


NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHERS – Jonathan Bruce, Doug Fillmore

TV CAMERAMAN  – Brian Jennings


MESSAGE RUNNERS (Thanksgiving Parade) – Jonathan Bruce, James Lamey


Spread the word about this wonderful family holiday classic!

Purchase as part of a Main Stage Subscription

Call Imperial Theatre box office at 1-800-323-7469.

Company website.

Subscriptions to the 2017 edition of The Jones Gallery go on sale Friday, August 19, 2016!

Subscriptions to the 2017 edition go on sale Friday, August 19, 2016!
The Jones Gallery Quarterly is an art-by-subscription program. Sign up, and then a little postal art surprise wrapped in brown paper will arrive in your mailbox four times per year. Each yearly edition has an overarching theme which ties all four paintings. The 2017 theme will be revealed at our Launch Party on August 19th, 8-10 pm, 73 Duke Street.

“Art from the studio to your mailbox.”

The 2016 edition is currently sold out. The 2017 edition will be available starting August 19, 2016. You can subscribe by visiting Caleb at the gallery or by signing up online.Cost: $500 + HST for a one-year subscriptionReceive FOUR paintings throughout the year, once per season. Each painting is an original 6″x6″ cityscape work on canvas by Sarah Jones. (Cost of a 6″x6″ painting in the gallery is $175, which means you save $50 per painting!). Shipping is free within Canada. Subscriptions are limited.

Culture Days Summer Registration Promo Blitz is On

Register and publish your Culture Days activity by July 31 at midnight EDT, and your community could win a geo-targeted online ad campaign to promote all the Culture Days activities in your area! These digital ads will lead back to a web page with all the amazing activities happening nearby on the Culture Days weekend – including yours!

Three prizes are available to be won, each with a retail value of up to $500 CDN! If you got a jump start and already published your activity before the start of this promotion, you could also enter for a chance to win by clicking here.


*Please read contest promotion rules here.

Comedy of Errors comes to Moncton’s Victoria Park

A case of mistaken identity is causing quite an upheaval at Moncton’s Victoria Park.

But not to worry, it’s all in good fun. This month, Hubcity Theatre returns to Moncton’s Victoria Park for its annual Shakespeare in the Park with The Comedy of Errors.
The Comedy of Errors is about two sets of identical twins separated as infants, and the absurdity surrounding their accidental reunion years later. Written by William Shakespeare in 1594, the play is a fast paced comedy full of mistaken identities, accusations and misunderstandings.
There’s a physicality, and an energy to Shakespeare that I believe let’s his work connect with any audience, even hundreds of years after he wrote them ,” says director James Corbett. “This show offers some unique challenges casting, including two sets of identical twins. But we’ve met this challenge with a really fun solution that sets a great artistic style for the show that I think audiences will love. I can’t wait for Moncton to see our take on Comedy of Errors.”
Hubcity Theatre’s Comedy of Errors runs for two consecutive weekends starting July 22 followed by July 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night by the wooden archway in the centre of Victoria Park. Shows are free to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. Hubcity Theatre is a non-profit company.

“We are proud to offer our performances free for the community thanks to the ongoing support of the City of Moncton,” says Hubcity Theatre Artistic Director, Paul Power. “We’re also thrilled to expand our artistic leadership team with James Corbett taking on directing duties this year. I think our regular audiences and new audiences will really like his vision for the show.”


For more information about Hubcity Theatre and this year’s Shakespeare in the Park visitwww.hubcitytheatre.com or through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Third Annual Ekpahak Summer Camp

August 8th – 12th, 2016 Third annual Ekpahak summer camp.

This week long camp is packed with fun for First Nations Youth in New Brunswick. Judie and Angee Acquin, from St. Mary’s First Nation have been advocates and lead a huge role in these camps every year. Any First Nations Youth that are middle school age and grade 9, are welcome to register for this camp! Contact: Laurel Green by phone (506-454-6952) or e-mail: aunnamedrtreach@charlottestreetarts.ca

“Take Daily” Art Opening at Imago

Take Daily From July 11 till August 11, 2016. Opening Friday July 22 at 7 pm at Imago.

Born in Moncton in 1991, Suzanne Cormier has always been interested in the arts. In September 2016, she will begin her third year in the fine arts program at l’Université de Moncton, concentrating in printmaking and painting. Suzanne is inspired to create by her personal experiences with mental health and interpersonal relationships. The project Take Daily is a series of silkscreen prints and embroidery that show the different antidepressant and anti anxiety pills that the artist has taken during the last eight years. The goal of the project is to destigmatize mental health issues as well as the medication that is used to help people surmount mental health problems.

Sculpture Saint John 2016 Selfie Contest July 1 – 31

The Contest:

Take a selfie with any of the 14 Sculptures located in New Brunswick. Post the image on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account using the hashtag #SculptureSJ.

The Prize:

The winner will be notified by Direct Message and announced at the opening of Sculpture Saint John Thursday, August 4, 2016.


Contest starts at 7:00 am Friday July 1, 2016 closes at 5:00pm Sunday July 31, 2016. Sculpture Saint John will not be responsible for entries that are lost, late, delayed, untagged, incomplete or misdirected. An entrant must be a resident of New Brunswick, 18 years of age or older to be eligible.

Read full rules and info here


Oil Painting and Wool Fibre Art Promise a Colourful Residency at the Barracks

Oil painting and wool fibre art promise a colourful residency at the Barracks.
The seventh week of the Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Artist in Residence program will welcome artists Anna Mathis and Bess Forrestall to the studio for their first residencies at the Soldiers’ Barracks.
Anna Mathis graduated from the city’s New Brunswick College of Craft and Design two years ago and since then has been exploring wearable fiber art. She has created unique felted necklaces, one-of-a-kind skirts and sculptural dresses, and a variety of woven wraps and naturally dyed scarves. “My mediums are what I use to execute these ideas,” says Mathis; “raw wool from sheep, natural dyes from my back yard and many types of colourful and textured yarns. I create spun, woven, felted and knitted pieces with utilitarian function; items with every day uses such as tea towels and rugs.” The theme of the Artist in Residence program is New Ground, and artists have been asked to explore what it means to come to a new place or to come to new understandings of place. Anna believes that when exploring new ground, “our identity can be shaken, and so much of our story is told by the clothes we wear. We try and find how we fit into a new place by either blending in or standing out from the crowd.” Anna intends to felt and sew garments and accessories to provide an outlet for others to express themselves and where they come from. “To me, finding home is about finding a safe place to be yourself.”

Bess Forrestall is also from Fredericton and continuously returns to the city for inspiration. She completed her BFA in painting at Mount Allison University and her MA in Art Education at Concordia University. Forrestall’s practice revolves around exploring the idea of ‘place’ as the intersection between memory and space, or the association of past memories with physical places. She plans to engage the public by asking about their experiences of this intersection. While in residence, Bess will be drawing in graphite and painting in oil. She has recently returned to Fredericton after living away for three years, and has spent the last six months in Jaipur, India, so she knows what it’s like to be away from home. Her current body of work explores the experiences of living in an unfamiliar place and the experience of returning home, which ties in perfectly with the theme of New Ground.

Every summer artists take turns working in an old casemate at the Soldiers’ Barracks in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District. Locals and visitors are given a unique opportunity to experience fine art being created in front of them, while artists happily answer any questions.

Mathis and Forrestall will be working at the Barracks from July 18-24, and the casemate is open seven days a week: MondaySaturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.