Owens Art Gallery Welcomes Curator of Digital Engagement

The Owens Art Gallery is pleased to announce that Rachel Thornton will take on the the newly created role of Curator of Digital Engagement at the gallery. The position is fully funded by the Canada Council for the Arts under its new “Artistic Catalysts” program of support for public galleries and museums.

Thornton will curate the Owens’ program of digital engagement and interactivity, towards a complete reconsideration of the use and sharing of the museum’s recourses. This includes the information that is produced, collected and used, and the contributions of users themselves. The goal is to share resources and prioritize visitor experience and visitor contributions in innovative, inclusive and informed ways.

Originally from Carp, ON, Thornton received a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree at Mount Allison University in 2015 and is currently pursuing an MA Fine Arts with the Open College of the Arts. She has experience working at the Owens as the 2015/2016 Intern and has assisted with the gallery’s educational programs.

For further information please contact the Owens at owens@mta.ca or (506) 364-2574.

New Brunswick Museum accepts donation from Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation

The New Brunswick Museum thanks the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Inc. for the recent generous donation of $20,000. The funds will be used for the development of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Collection of Strathbutler Award Winners at the New Brunswick Museum as well as strategic initiatives relating to the promotion of contemporary New Brunswick visual art. This ongoing support by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, Inc. is a strong confirmation of the New Brunswick Museum’s commitment to, and success with, our contemporary visual art programs.

The Strathbutler Award, currently valued at $25,000, is presented biennially by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, Inc. in recognition of artists and craftspeople who have excelled in their fields, while also making a substantial contribution to the culture of our province. Each recipient, since the first award was presented in 1991, has been chosen by an independent jury of visual art professionals.

In 2000, Sheila Hugh Mackay made a significant donation of the work of the first five Strathbutler Award recipients to the New Brunswick Museum. The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Inc. continued that generosity and now the collection has representative examples of the work of twenty-three of the artists and craftspeople who have helped to define the province’s creative landscape over the past quarter century. In addition to being a legacy of objects, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Collection of Strathbutler Award Winners also documents a philanthropic gesture that is having a profound effect on contemporary New Brunswick art.

These new funds will also enable the New Brunswick Museum to initiate some new projects and improve some of the existing visual arts programs. Plans include the engaging of new voices in critical writing for exhibition catalogues, the sponsoring of short artist residencies or collaborations; and the support of research projects relating to the province’s visual arts.

For more information:
Caitlin Griffiths or Aristi Dsilva, Communications & Marketing, New Brunswick Museum
(506) 654-7059 or (506) 643-2358


Mathieu Chouinard and Marc-André Charron, artistic codirectors of Moncton-based physical theatre company Satellite Theatre, will join a delegation selected by Canada Arts Council to partake in the Market for African Performing Arts. The 10th edition of MAPA will be taking place from March 10th to March 17th 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Africa’s most important arts market

Since 1993, MAPA has become one of the most important performing arts market in Africa. Over a span of eight days, 300 shows will be presented, in a variety of performing arts : music, theatre, dance, storytelling, comedy and street arts. Other activities will take place at the same time : professional meetings, networking, readings, days for young audiences, showcases and more.

For the first time, a theatre company from New-Brunswick will be part of these activities.

An amazing opportunity for networking and exchanges

Satellite Theatre will be promoting its work, notably the Zone Rouge project, created in coproduction with Association Ndam se na (Chad) and Atlas Film (Canada). Since 2013, Zone Rouge brought together six artists from both countries to create a unique show where live performance, multimedia documentary, direct exchange with the audience and workshops collide in one big, ambitious event. In 2017, these six artists spent two months in Chad, working with migrants from Gondjé refugee camp, near the centrafrican border.



Federal Budget 2018 – What About Artists?

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is surprised by Budget 2018’s oversight of artists. This budget focuses on women, Indigenous, and marginalized members of the Canadian society, which is commendable. Yet, if the goal was to highlight precarious workers, the federal government missed the opportunity to recognize the role that 650,000 cultural workers play in the Canadian economy. Based on the Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers. The Coalition is encouraged by new funding to confront gender-based violence and harassment, but would have hoped to see it addressed in the arts and culture sector specifically.


The Canadian Arts Coalition is reassured to see support for Canada’s official languages, for Reconciliation, and for strengthening multiculturalism – these are values that we share. Notably, Budget 2018 considered intellectual property rights for Indigenous Peoples, but missed the opportunity to recognize the Artist’s Resale Right, which would significantly benefit Indigenous artists.


“Although Budget 2018 is marked by the absence of the Canadian Arts Coalition’s recommendations,” says Kate Cornell, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly. “We will continue to work with the federal government on issues such as anti-harassment, international market access, and access to the performing arts in Canadian communities.”

The Coalition acknowledges the government’s ongoing work on trade and cultural diplomacy referenced in Budget 2018, especially the upcoming Cultural Trade Mission to China. It’s evident that the government is making transformative enhancements to export programs to help Canadian businesses, including arts organizations. The Canadian Arts Coalition is deeply committed to discussions on opening new markets for creators and creative entrepreneurs. We were pleased to attend the recent China Canada Creative Industries luncheon and hope to hear more from the government of Canada on its efforts to open up new trade opportunities for the Canadian creators in Asia. The government’s negotiating of safeguards for culture in the CPTPP is a significant achievement, as noted in Budget 2018.

Lastly, the Canadian Arts Coalition was pleased to see ongoing support for the Canada Media Fund as part of the government’s Creative Canada strategy. Digital culture is a pivotal file moving forward. The Canadian Arts Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with Department of Canadian Heritage and Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development on reviewing the Copyright Act, the modernization of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, and the establishment of the Artist’s Resale Right in Canada.

About the CAC

The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. We are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully advocated for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

New Brunswick Artist Deanna Musgrave selected for the public art commission at the Carleton North High School

The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in collaboration with the Carleton North High School, the Town of Florenceville- Bristol and the NB Department of Heritage, Culture and Tourism, is pleased to announce a new public art commission by New Brunswick artist Deanna Musgrave to be installed at the Carleton North High School Library in August 2018. The finished art work, Portal (working title) will be two, 7-foot, circular acrylic paintings painted on aluminum. The two paintings will be placed back-to back within a large existing frame in front of plate glass windows in the library. The finished art work will be visible from the exterior as well as the interior.

The circular form of the paintings will activate the linear, architectural space of the library and act as a metaphor for the development of knowledge, highlighting that students learn not only in a linear fashion. The imagery for this commission will be a large sky-like cloud or nebula that simultaneously references the evolution of thought, consciousness and the storage of knowledge. Using multiple visual refences from art history including Romantic landscape and Dutch still life as well as abstract expressionism, graffiti and music.
The paintings will also be full of birds and fish to highlight the importance of the natural environment to the community In addition to creating the artwork, Musgrave will participate in an artist residency at the High school to engage with the community in developing her work. The community will be invited to donate a diversity of smaller objects that Musgrave will allow to sit in a mixture of water and pigment, leaving ghost-like imprints that will create the underpainting of the work. After the finished work is installed in August, she will return to the school to present her finished piece.

Deanna Musgrave’s studio practice is based in Saint John, New Brunswick. She paints large scale murals in public spaces that engage and connect the communities where they are installed. In 2017 she completed Nest which covers the entryway and ceiling of the pedway between Market Square and Saint John City Hall. In 2015 she painted a 56-foot long painting for the Hans Klohn Commons at the University of New Brunswick titled Cloud. Her art is represented by Buckland and Merrifield Gallery in Saint John and Ingrid Mueller Art and Concepts, Fredericton.


The Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton (Acadian Museum) is offering a free, diversified and educational March Break program for youths!


There will be a multitude of activities offered during the week, from Tuesday March 6 to Friday March 9 from 10 am to 4 pm, including a drop-in craft and historical and image quizzes. In addition, on Thursday March 8 at 2 pm, the Museum will welcome a special guest: Nicole Poirier, French author and youth animator. She will read her book, “Le Doubas Show”, which will be followed with songs and a craft. This activity will be held in French. No registration is required to participate in any of these activities and they are all free! Donations to the museum are accepted. All activities are adaptable to a wide range of age groups.


There will be a notable activity on Friday March 9 from 9:30 am to 12 pm (noon): a multimedia creation workshop “A quilt Seen in a Different Light”. Participants aged 8 to 15 will get to choose a historical object from our collection and a shape then use them to create a video projection mapping with guidance from multidisciplinary artist, Angie Richard. Places are limited and registration is required for this workshop.

Early Spring Passions and Quixotic Adventures for Symphony Audiences March 12, 13, 14.

Quixotic Passion News Release


New Brunswick- After a two-month winter hiatus, Symphony New Brunswick returns to the stage with a program highlighting some of the greatest works of the 18th century. From the tilting-at-windmills romance of Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, to the distilled passion of Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor, this concert explores the depths and sensitivity of some of the finest music from the Classical era. In addition, two of our Principal String players, Danielle Sametz and Christopher Buckley, will be featured soloists in Mozart’s majestic Sinfonia Concertante, K 364 for violin and viola.


One of the most celebrated baroque composers, Georg Philipp Telemann wrote his programmatic Don Quixote Suite in 1605. At this time, to write music that accompanies a storyline was of extreme rarity. Along with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this music foreshadows a movement that was most prominent in the late romantic period. In this series of short chapters illustrating the adventures of Don Quixote, every movement captures the essence and atmosphere of this chivalric tale.


Performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante are SNB’s own Principal Violist, Christopher Buckley and Principal second violinist, Danielle Sametz. Both members of the Saint John String Quartet, playing together is certainly not unfamiliar. Sinfonia Concertante displays a level of depth unusual for works of the genre in Mozart’s era, which were more generally intended as light music for the aristocracy. A perfect meeting point between a concerto and a symphony, Mozart establishes these two musical worlds as being one layered whole, with bright interplays between the soloists combined with the elegant melodies in the orchestra.


To round out this program of Classical gems will be Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’. Haydn’s music, like Mozart’s, stands as an archetypal example of the Classical style. This particular symphony refers to the events of Good Friday, which will be coming up shortly after this series, and is exceptionally somber, dramatic and tragic, as befits its subtitle.


This program will be conducted by SNB Principal conductor Michael Newnham.




“Quixotic Passion” Concert details :


March 12 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm

March 13 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30

March 14 in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30


Concert tickets are available at the door or at the Box Offices in each city


Moncton, Capitol Theatre (506) 856-4379, capitol.nb.ca

Fredericton, The Playhouse (506) 458-8344, theplayhouse.ca

Saint John, Imperial Theatre (506) 647-4100, imperialtheatre.nb.ca


June 13-16| BMO Studio Theatre | 7:30pm

After months of collecting, selecting and critiquing, the winning scripts for the 2018 Script Happens Playwright competition have been selected. Next steps are to prepare the works to be showcased in an evening of three home-grown, one-act plays! Congrats to the selected playwrights and a big thank you to the many who took part in the competition. Details on Script Happens 2019 coming soon!

…and now the 2018 winning scripts:

Jukie and Her Dad, by Jamie Bradley
While exploring the often funny but always touching dynamic between Jukie and her dad, the play deftly takes the audience on a poignant journey into the mind of a young woman as she struggles to cope with events in her past.

The Spider in the Tub by Bet O’Toole
Hold on to your yoga pants as Harriet and Orson confront the challenges of getting older by getting “fit and fearless”. This delightful comedy provides a fun and insightful look at their relationship as it is tested by the realities of aging.

Everybody Dies in December by Nancy Kenny
Claire works in her family funeral business and loves it, taking the opportunity to talk to her clientele about her problems and observations. This play provides a thoughtful, sometimes humorous, often moving, portrayal of Claire’s search for meaning and her place in life.

Script Happens, a development program of the Saint John Theatre Company, is designed to provide an avenue to foster the growth of emerging Maritime playwrights, directors as well as actors.


Call 1-888-311-9090 or visit: www.ticketpro.ca

Authors Steven Heighton and Nancy Bauer to read at the University of New Brunswick

Writers Steven Heighton and Nancy Bauer will read from their works on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building on the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus.
Steven Heighton is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. His most recent work, the 2017 novel entitled The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, tells the story of a veteran recovering in Cyprus after his time in Afghanistan, his tragic love affair with a Turkish journalist, and time spent in a community of exiles and refugees living in the abandoned remains of a Greek-Cypriot resort town.
In 2016, Mr. Heighton won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for his collection The Waking Comes LateAfterlands, his 2005 novel, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and was a “best of year” selection in 10 publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. His other works include the novel The Shadow Boxer; short story collections Flight Paths of the Emperor and On earth as it is as well as poetry collections The Ecstasy of Skeptics and The Address Book.
For more than 50 years, Nancy Bauer has been a leading voice in the New Brunswick literary community. Goose Lane Editions and Oberon Press published five of her novels. She has written dozens of articles for Arts AtlanticThe New Brunswick Reader and other magazines and has written a weekly column on the arts for the Telegraph-Journalfor 11 years.
One of her short stories won a CBC Literary Award and she is also a recipient of the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-Language Literary Arts.  One of the founders of the New Brunswick Chapbooks, the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Gallery Connexion, and Word Feast, Nancy Bauer has also been the writer-in-residence at UNB.
The reading, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB department of English, the UNB Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead, is free and open to the public.

artsnb reaches milestone in arts support

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) recently processed its 10,000th application for grants to support the creation and dissemination of the arts in New Brunswick.

Carol Collicutt, chair of artsnb, stated: “The impact of this is important for every resident of our province. Through the arts, the economy is strengthened, tourism is enhanced and our cultural identity is firmly established. We confidently move into the future with our new strategic plan, our Lieutenant Governor’s awards, and the purchase of First Nations’ artworks for the Provincial Art Bank. Our many programs remain in place to fund excellence in the arts so that our artists can enrich our society for years to come.”

Founded in 1989, the New Brunswick Arts Board remains an arm’s length funding agency with the mandate to facilitate and promote the creation of art by supporting artists in the province. artsnb held its first competition on January 15, 1991, which rewarded twenty recipients sharing $ 91,000. More than 10,000 applications have since been processed by artsnb program officers.
Competitions have evolved in twenty-five years. artsnb now administers eight grant programs, as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards to recognize the remarkable contributions of some of New Brunswick’s outstanding artists. In 2016-17, more than 400 applications were received, and 174 recipients were awarded a total of $ 873,620.
All grant applications can now be submitted through an online application system (http://artsnb.ca/oa). The digital transition project was completed at the end of 2017.
This system has been designed so that artists, program officers and jury members can view all information related to grant applications online. This tool firmly ensconces artsnb in the digital age, enabling it to respond more quickly to the needs of artists and contributing more than ever to the development of the arts in the province, despite the budgetary constraints of recent years.
In October 2016, artsnb’s offices moved to 225 King Street, Suite 201 in Fredericton.
Doors are open from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.