Art at the airport

Here at YSJ, another way that we connect to our community is by showcasing some of the best it has to offer.  We have the opportunity to display and share some amazing artwork by local artists– and with different artists being featured all the time, there is always something new to see.

Art Gallery Gallery Cases Welcome Wall Saint John Airport Permanent Collection Archive Galleries

Art Gallery

Ed Coleman

Ed Coleman is a man who lives by colours. Bright ones. He is a visual artist residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, and his signature style using vivid colours and broad brushstrokes has become recognizable by many. Ed paints scenes of nature and water as well as cityscapes using lots of paint, mostly oil but some acrylic.
"I love the architecture and colour of Saint John. I imagine the colours a bit different, bright and vibrant. Also the houses and churches remind me of my birthplace - Newfoundland. I wanted to do a series of big Cityscapes that included Industry, streetscapes and to find the rural feel in the middle of a City."

Gallery Cases Current exhibit: September 2017 to Present

Dan Xu

Immersed in the landscape, as part of it, makes me calm and simple. It also gives me a feeling of an unparalleled luxury and beauty. How can I not appreciate that? I am always saying in various occasions that it is the landscape of Saint John that makes me truly understand the Chinese ancient paintings. Thus, my Chinese pen is no longer for only describing the ancient Chinese landscapes. It is now time for it to illustrate Canada and what I see as the soul of the Canadian landscape.

Fabiola Martinez Rodriguez

Fabiola works as a professional artist, combining her architectural background with the use of natural materials in her artwork as a means of preserving ancestral techniques. Her work is distinguished by the use of Cochineal, a natural dye derived from "carmine" that produces a vibrant/rich red colour, a pigment produced by a beetle (Dactylopius coccus) that is found on cacti in South America.  


Patty Goodine

Silver and Copper are the primary materials I use in my work.
The stones for the pendants displayed are all cut locally and many are custom cut.

For this display I have chosen many of the copper pieces that I make regularly. This line I call ‘From My Garden”. I’ve collected leaves as I scoot to my studio which is in my back garden and made templates from them which I used to cut out their shapes from copper.

I’ve included pieces which are embellished with 24karat gold foil which is applied using a technique called keum-boo. It is a method of bonding the gold foil to silver using heat and pressure.

The cuff bracelets featured in this display are hand hammered. The copper ones have had a patina applied to them using heat from my torch.

Tia Saley

Glass is an incredible medium to work with; it moves like liquid honey, it is malleable to all forms and yet when it solidifies, it holds that form and glimmers with a brilliant sheen. It is the nature of glass which has drawn me to it. Like the natural world, glass has the ability to be simple yet bold, useful and beautiful at the same time – this is what I strive for in my creations. As an avid outdoors person, the beauty of nature often creeps its way into my pieces. Like the natural world, glass has the ability to be simple yet bold, useful and beautiful at the same time – this is what I strive for in my creations.

Welcome Wall Current exhibit: September 2016 – Present

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Brian Comeau

Brian lives along the Bay of Fundy in Saint John with his wife and three children. His inspiration is drawn from the natural beauty of the Maritimes, with its picturesque landscapes, majestic coastlines and beautiful lakes and rivers. The Bay of Fundy, with its highest tides in the world and rocky rugged coastlines, is a favourite destination for Brian. 

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Rob Roy

Well-known New Brunswick photographer Rob Roy lives and works in the historic Trinity Royal area of Saint John. Although Rob has worked as a commercial photographer, he is best known for his artistic projects, which are particularly evident in his book Saint John (first published in 2004 and reprinted in 2013). This much loved book brings together everyday scenes of Saint John and has been a must-have book for visitors and residents of the city. 

Saint John Airport Permanent Collection

Fred Harrison

Fred says of himself, “I love to paint big.” A native of London, Ontario, Fred came to New Brunswick to take part in the Sussex Mural Celebration. While working here, he became captivated by the beauty of this province, and he is now at home in a small cottage in the wilds of Goshen. 

Although Fred has done many pieces of public art, his paintings can also be found hanging on the walls of many homes in New Brunswick and beyond.

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Michael McQuay

Native to Waterloo, Ontario, Michael worked as a commercial photographer in Toronto for many years. Sixteen years ago, seduced by the open space and brilliance of the Saint John River Valley, he traded urban life for rural. A self-taught artist, since 2001 he and his partner Cyndi Brittain have designed and produced original work from their Queenstown studio.

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