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

Toby Graser

To describe Toby Graser’s work over the past thirty years as genuinely expressive, as work which conveys visual strength and as work which flows from within, would appear to be quite accurate. Toby claims that for her ‘the true importance of art lies in the realm of the imagination and of feeling….trying to make visible what is felt as an urge, sensation, an emotional response.
The challenge is to create a work that is complete enough to convey to the viewer a clear and direct image, but to have that image function not as an end but rather he beginning of a continuing aesthetic experience.
She says “like a musician I feel no obligation to mirror the realities of the physical world in my creations, but as in music, the necessity exists to make any artistic statement coherent ,complete and a vehicle of communication.”
Graser always works in series, exploring the imaginative possibilities of a particular combination of shape, colour and texture.
In recent years she has been drawn to collage “for its power to express the sense of something beneath the surface, a peeling away of another dimension, another time, another life.” As a visual artist Toby Graser works hard and works well.
Over the past thirty years she has had more than forty solo exhibitions of her work. A major retrospective of her work toured Canada between 1992 and 1995.
She has participated in countless group exhibitions, exhibiting extensively in the Maritimes, as well as in the rest of Canada and New York
Toby Graser’s work has been the subject of numerous publications over the past two decades. Her work is found in many public collections: The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The Dep. Of External Affairs, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the New Brunswick Museum.
In Addition she is represented in more than 60 corporate collections in North America and Europe.
- Peter Buckland

Gallery Cases Current exhibit: January 2017 to Present

Amy C Tonning Alyson Brown Legacy Lane Fibre Mill
Legacy Lane Fiber Mill


Legacy Lane Fiber Mill is a full custom fiber processing facility that provides milling services to fiber producers across Canada and the United States. There you will find an on- site weaving studio which creates fine hand-woven garments and home accessories for wholesale and retail markets. Also on site is a yarn and gift shop where you will find a unique retail experience. The shop offers exotic natural fiber yarns and high quality hand crafted textile items.

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Gary Kingsley
Kingsley Creations ~ Gary Kingsley


Gary Kingsley is a 41 year old artist living in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he has been cutting, carving and drilling natural stone since 2008. Gary has designed his own workshop to be environmentally-friendly, working with recycled rain water while producing high-quality fertilizer from the rock dust of the stones.

His art work can be found in the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John and the Algonquin hotel in St. Andrews, NB. He can also be seen at the Fredericton farmers’ market on Saturdays and at the Saint Andrews farmers’ market on Thursdays during the summer months. And when cruise ships are in, he has a booth at the Loyalist Plaza in Saint John.

For more information, please visit 

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Joanna Pottle - JP Pottery


I have two different lines of work right now called Sand and Stone.
The work is a combination of two stoneware clays mixed together by hand then wheel thrown and altered. I use a Japanese technique for the Stone series called Mishima which entails carving and in laying the design. The Sand series is created using multiple glazes.

My inspiration comes from my natural environment. Attempting to recreate what exists in the natural world is an ongoing journey. I enjoy challenging myself with the multitude of techniques available with clay and look forward to the road ahead.

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Jill Higgins


Inspired by nature in all its beauty, Jill lives and works from her home in Rothesay, NB. Trained and registered as an Architect (Reg. AANB), painting has always been her passion. Staying home with her kids, Jill pursues both her work in architecture and her passion for painting.
Jill works mostly in oils but also in both watercolour and acrylics. She enjoys painting a variety of subjects including, landscapes, boats, seascapes and florals.

Jill has recently become the New Brunswick Art Battle Champion and top 6 finalist at the National Art Battle Championships in Ottawa. She has also represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, 2015 during Panamania.

For more information, please visit

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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