Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre was founded by Mrs. Dorothy Meigs Eidlitz over 50 years ago, to create real opportunities for people to appreciate the connection between art and nature. The centre is located in the heart of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, established in 1783 and considered Canada’s premier historic seaside resort.
Sunbury Shores’ 130 year old building is newly renovated and offers world class facilities. The centre’s 6,000 square feet provides two galleries for exhibitions, studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery & metalsmith, pottery and other art and nature programs.
Our founder, Mrs. Eidlitz, was an American from New York City, N.Y. She graduated from Vassar College in 1914, then did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. While she traveled the world and she became a serious photographer. Her work was recognized internationally. She was made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a fellow of the Photographic Society of America. She spent her summers in St Andrews and she hoped that painters, writers, and scientists would come together here. Dorothy Eidlitz was a true patron of the arts and it is said she was a champion for women’s rights.
Fun fact: In 1969, Prince Philip had the first North American exhibition of his photography, here at Sunbury Shores!
The centre is open year round and offers programs to support the local community, the region’s schools, summer residents and visiting artists coming to the area primarily from across Canada and the Eastern US seaboard.