Open Studio

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

UPDATED! Open Studios Date: April 27, May 18 Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Price: $14 per session Max 12 per session; must pre-register Twice a month, Sunbury Shores offers an opportunity to engage with others in the shared space of the Main Studio. Due to popular demand, and an extension of earlier Open Studio sessions with an artist (Feb 24, Mar 16), these new sessions are not topic driven and no artist will lead. Instead, it’s time for creation in a collaborative environment. Bring your own materials and artworks in progress and share ideas and skills. For all levels of experience. A facilitator will be present. Coffee and tea provided.


Opening Reception: CLASS

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

CLASS of 2024: Art by Charlotte County Students The annual group exhibition of work by students who participate in Sunbury Shores programs that take place in elementary and high schools and at the Centre, including for example, Afterschool Art and C.L.A.S.S.

Opening Reception: Deanna Musgrave and Mimi Lucas

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Deanna Musgrave: Water Witness The theme of celebrating and exploring water and weather has dominated the Saint John-based artist’s work for nearly 20 years. This new body of work uses a channelled language to give a voice to water, the sea, and the sky. When giving a voice to water, the artist highlights that water is a consciousness, thus bringing into question how we treat it and environmental concerns around it. This language is meant to be transpersonal so that it will connect with anyone and engage them with a unique message for each viewer. Mimi Lucas: The weather was important. In this series of artworks, the Saint John artist’s ultimate painting goals are to compose happy, yet serious and ambiguous work. This exhibition consists of small- and large-scale paintings that consider how our environment significantly controls our lives. With the current prevailing tendency toward extreme weather, our world has experienced diverse displays of excess rain and flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and rising temperatures. Lucas’ paintings evoke rather than describe. They are presented in an abstracted landscape that is more a personal narrative than a perceived truth.


Sunbury Shores is participating in EARTHFest on Ministers Island! details coming soon...

Jay Dampf Memorial Paint Group with Theresa MacKnight

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Date: July 1-5, 2024 Time: Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4.30 pm Price: $500 /Early Bird $475 (before May 15) This class has been developed in honour of the late Jay Dampf, a long-time instructor at Sunbury Shores. It’s an opportunity for his previous students and others to follow his teaching methods and style, with dedicated time for their own practice and individual work, as well as time for guidance from artist and teacher Theresa MacKnight. New students will enjoy the mix of independent work and personal attention. Students will bring their own work, either in progress, or ready to start. Shared studio time in the mornings will allow students to work on their own, with the afternoons dedicated to time with Theresa regarding questions around technique, composition, etc. as well as peer group discussion, critique and sharing of ideas. Theresa MacKnight is a highly accomplished artist and former art teacher. She has won numerous awards and been exhibited widely across New Brunswick and elsewhere. Theresa has an extensive knowledge of working in different mediums, and teaches with patience, encouragement, and consideration of individual needs. She has spent many years involved with SSANC as instructor, student, and exhibitor. Recently […]


The Abstracted Landscape with Jay Isaac

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

The Abstracted Landscape with Jay Isaac Date: Tuesday – Friday, July 9 – 12 Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Price: $600 / $575 Early Bird before May 9 Material List and Outline This 4-day acrylic painting and drawing workshop will focus on how an observed landscape can be abstracted through colour and form. Short field trips will guide participants to observe the landscape, make preliminary sketches in situ, and then develop paintings in the studio. This course is recommended for participants with experience working in acrylics or watercolours at an intermediate level or more. Upon registration, participants will receive a list of course materials. Note: This is a scent-free workshop. A prolific artist, curator, and writer, Jay Isaac will share examples of his work, and the work of contemporary and modern artists to illustrate the use of landscape and its components as starting points for abstraction. Formerly from Saint John, Isaac was educated at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC, and the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Isaac has also curated several online exhibitions and published critical essays and articles […]


Opening Reception: ‘Flora’ and ‘The View From Here’

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Flora: Ralph Simpson, Caoife Garvey, Claire Bridge, Heather McCaig, David Eeles, Judy Blake and Alexa Jaffurs Seven award-winning artists from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia working in diverse disciplines create artistic connections in their work by addressing one theme - that of nature and plants in wood, iron, plant fibre, clay, glass, textiles, and fine metals.  Flora illustrates the social and artistic connections between the artists, their inspiration, and their collective reverence of the natural world.   The View from Here Felicia Norris Bartlett: Felicia Norris Bartlett paints in oil with most of her work representing open spaces and idyllic landscapes. Her signature style mixes detailed clouds and skies with a touch of whimsy. The rugged cliffs of Fundy, picturesque lighthouses dotting the coastline, and the ever-changing moods of Passamaquoddy Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are all presented in delicate and serene paintings. Theresa MacKnight: In this new work, Theresa MacKnight has created drawings and paintings of the interior of Sunbury Shores in a direct response to the Centre from the point of view of an artist, and longtime user of the studio areas. Theresa approaches her work in acrylic from many perspectives, always with consideration, thoughtfulness, and an openness to […]

Journaling with Mary Kircher

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Journaling with Mary Kircher Date: July 19, 20, 21, 2024 Time: Fri. 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Sat & Sun 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Price: $350/ Early Bird $325 (before May 15) Journaling can take many forms: sketchbook, diary, tapestry diary, and collage as you capture memories and develop ideas. Fibre artist Mary Kircher will teach how to make a unique accordion-style journal as versatile as your imagination. Mary will share her techniques for creating journals, incorporating collage, tapestry, stitching, and writing, resulting in creative displays for fibre artists, book lovers, creators, and makers. Participants are asked to bring found objects that are relatively flat including fabric, feathers, stones, paper ephemera, etc. Mary specializes in hand weaving and custom dye techniques. With a Master’s in Art and Design from North Carolina State University, Mary has taught many workshops and exhibited her work both regionally and internationally, including at Sunbury Shores in August 2023. Mary’s work is in numerous private and public collections. Visit Mary at Woven Translations — Mary Kircher, Fiber Artist


Opening Reception: Thaddeus Holownia and Brigitte Clavette

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Thaddeus Holownia: of a feather In memory of his late partner, Gay Hansen, well-known and highly respected photographer Thaddeus Holownia has created a body of work celebrating beauty in the natural world through bird plumage. Gay’s long professional career in the Biology Department at Mount Allison University included amassing a collection of study skins, mounted birds, nests and eggs that reflect her love of ornithology. From this collection, Holownia has put together a photographic print tribute. After a long and distinguished career as Professor and Department Head at Mount A, Holownia is continuing his work as an artist. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally and he has received many grants and awards. His work has been part of numerous collaborations, bookwork and portfolios and is in many public and private collections.   Brigitte Clavette: Vessel forms and other Curiosities A personal selection of sterling silver, bronze and copper objects created by acclaimed artist Brigitte Clavette during the past 44 years, and part of her private collection. Along with more recent work, this singular exhibition of hollowware metal objects provides a glimpse of the award-winning artist’s innate creativity, curiosity, and excellence as an outstanding contemporary metalsmith. […]

Opening Reception: Group Show, Celebrating 60 Years!

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Celebrating 60 Years + 60+ Artists This milestone exhibition is a celebration of sixty years of creative inspiration, artistic excellence, and cultural diversity. Sunbury Shores has been a meeting place for professional and emerging artists, and for art and nature lovers of all ages. In this singular exhibition, sixty plus artists present their explorations and discoveries achieved while working and exhibiting at Sunbury Shores. Join us as we celebrate an exceptional community treasure and the artists and creators who have defined and enriched it.

Opening Reception: Jennifer Long and Nat Cann

Sunbury Shores 139 Water Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Jennifer Long: Mended Leaves Canadian artist Jennifer Long has established an arts practice that addresses the complex role of women’s experiences, with its disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work, how care is given and its impact to those involved. Mended Leaves is a photographic series that references the impact of the Covid pandemic on caring for others, and the subsequent process of repair and renewal. Through large-scale images of hybrid botanicals which the artist created, she considers quiet moments and rituals of everyday life. Based in Toronto, Jennifer has participated in several residencies and contributed to scholarly presentations and panels, and received numerous grants; her work is in private and public collections in Canada and abroad.   Nat Cann: Commorant Commorant is New Brunswick artist Natt Cann's collection of housing centric artworks detailing a longing for hearth and home through printmaking methods, repetition, and the contrast between idealized narratives and factual outlooks.