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.

Current Art Archive Galleries

Archive Galleries

Sophia Bella

Sophia came to Canada, leaving her home in Slovakia, almost 50 years ago. For many years she taught art in schools in Saint John and later at Belleisle Regional High School. Since retiring, Sophia has had more time to spend on her artwork. Over the years she has worked in many art and craft mediums, including clay, drawing, painting, batik and the art of bobbin lace.
All through her adult life, landscapes and houses in them, have fascinated Sophia. The paintings in this display - depicting Northern Slovakia - are older watercolours that she has re-worked using markers.

Amer Alasali

Amer and his family were welcomed to Saint John in 2016 as refugees fleeing the war in their home country of Syria. Most of the boxes in this display were made before the family came to Canada, when they lived in Syria and Egypt.

The Damascene wood mosaic is one of the oldest and most distinguished traditional handicrafts in
Damascus, Syria. It is used decoratively on furniture and wood boxes. Amer learned the art of crafting Damascene wood mosaic from his father at the age of 15 and has been crafting wood mosaics ever since. The handicraft uses various types of coloured woods including Rosewood, Walnut, Almond and Eucalyptus. You will also find materials like seashells intricately webbed into designs. Being able
to make something beautiful and pleasing from simple materials and watch it take form is a great joy and it Amer's hope that his craft will bring joy to others.

 

Siyi Xin (Eason)

Siyi Xin (Eason) was born in Beijing, China, in 1975 and became a new immigrant to Saint John two years ago with his family of five. Before he came to Canada, he had a successful career as a professional photographer working for Canon China as a senior consultant and was a member of China Photographers Association.
In his past 20 year’s professional career, he has captured countless images not only from China but from around the world. He feels each photo has its own story and leaves a wonderful memory.
Besides taking photos for his new community, he has been committed to Destination Canada for promoting Canadian tourism with his images, not only for overseas Chinese but also the Chinese inside China. Photos from his lens have captivated hundreds and thousands of Chinese viewers online and helped them appreciate Canada’s beauty, particularly the attractions from the Maritimes.
Mr. Xin and his family have been very active members in our multicultural community since they arrived. The eight photos exhibited here were selected from images of past years’ Asian Heritage Month celebrations taken by Mr. Xin. They form a small window that showcases what a dynamic and diverse culture we have in Saint John.
He has now established his new Kojiabe Image Design Studio and is becoming well known in the community. His motto: images cannot change the world, but they can record beautiful moments.

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

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.

For more information, please visit www.legacylanefibermill.ca

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 www.kingsleystonecreations.com 

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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.

For more information, please visit www.joannapottlepottery.weebly.com

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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 www.jillhiggins.ca

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Andrew Giffin www.giffinartworks.com

Andrew is from Saint John, but he left the Maritimes in 1981 to study art at the University of Manitoba. In 2005, he felt the pull to come back home and moved to Roachville, just outside of Sussex. We’re happy to have him back home. 

“I’m captured by unusual and interesting landscape formats – strong lines, both vertical and horizontal, curves that repeat. These natural surroundings deeply influence me.” Andrew Giffin

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Sue Hooper www.artathooperstudios.com

"Journeys" & "Closer to Home" (series) 

Acrylic/Acrylic & Graphite on Canvas 

Sue Hooper is a multi-media artist and a mother of three children. Born in South Africa in 1956, she immigrated to Canada via England in 1962. A graduate of Georgian College of Art in Barrie, Ontario, the artist has worked in visual communications in London, England, Toronto and Saint John. Surrounded by the natural beauty in her home that stretches out into the marsh of the Kennebecasis River, Sue Hooper, along with her mother, Kathy, established the highly regarded Art at Hooper Studios, providing art classes, workshops and instilling a life-long learning of the arts in others. 

These works are inspired by relationships, family, friends and nature; exploring the cycles, the cells of life within the rings of life, the sun and the moon rising everyday. Love, fear, heartache, transformation, the inner and outer worlds and the spaces between, all deeply inform me. When I find an experience in nature inspiring me, I begin a piece. It is like a meditation for me, often layers of 
painting moving through emotions to come to the place to which I’m taken. 

Life is art and art is life.

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David Eastwood www.claydesigninc.ca

The pieces in this case are a delightful change of pace from my usual production work.

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Darren Emenau www.mnopottery.com

Darren lives along the rural shores of the Saint John River and specializes in using local materials, such as locally dug clays, potash, silica, shale and granite for his glazes. 

Emenau has received consistent recognition for his art practice and professional achievements over the past two decades. His work has been presented across Canada and is included in public and private collections worldwide with numerous publications and exhibitions. 

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Jamie Brown www.Facebook.com/ValleyWelding

Valley Welding is located just outside Sussex N.B. and services local industry. It was started by Jim Brown in the late 70s. In 2010 Jim’s son Jamie started producing decorative metal creations. Jamie was inspired by his father to value nature and the environment. He tries to inspire others to do the same with creating simple versions of Mother Nature's master pieces. 

Jamie loves being challenged to create commission pieces which have included railings, chandeliers, tables and sculptures. When he is not working on a client’s project he is working on his Garden Décor, some of which you see here. 

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Brent Rourke www.brentrourke.com

Many boys learn woodworking at the hands of their father, but Brent’s fascination began in woodworking class in high school. 

Since then, he’s continued to pour himself into his craft, and specializes in Shaker-style products, which he says “blend the elegant and practical, functional and decorative, traditional and contemporary at the same time.” 

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Liz Miller

All materials are hand dyed in the studio. Woven on an 8 shaft LeClerc loom. Pattern is an Undulating Twill 
The inspiration for this piece of weaving is the river I have lived on nearly my entire 55 years. I love the water; I especially love the Kennebecasis River. Always moving, always changing colours and patterns with the weather and the seasons. I cannot begin to describe the feeling I get when holding still to listen to the roar it makes on a blustery grey day, it is refreshing, invigorating, and I never tire of it. 
I look to the River for everything, and I feel it is a bellweather for the health of our ecosystem. 
I wanted in some small way to honour it. 

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Alanna Baird www.tinfish.ca

Alanna has been working with recycled metal since 1991, turning up-cycled tin cans into fish sculptures. Using recycled household waste to create sculptures, she redefines the art of recycling. Bean cans, cat food lids and scrap copper roofing are among the materials found in her workshop. Her first fish sculpture attracted much attention and spawned a large body of work over the past 21 years. 

John Mallory

John began carving 12 years ago after meeting bird carver Bob Carney of St. Andrews, from whom he continues to take lessons. His bird carvings have received recognition at various Maritime bird carving shows during the past decade. John has enjoyed wildlife and the outdoors all his life. During summers at his cottage on the banks of the beautiful St. Croix River, he enjoys kayaking and photography. After watching the loons and listening to their mournful cries, he decided to carve this full size loon. The project took three years to complete and was a “ labour of love”. This piece is carved from tupelo wood, and has been textured, burned and painted with acrylics. John resides in St. Stephen with his wife Kathy and is retired from the printing trade.

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Joe & Gudi Pach www.terrabijoubypach.ca

Originally from Germany, Joe and Gudi started making jewelry 30 years ago in their spare time. In 2008, Joe enrolled at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton to study metal art. 

Both continued to study jewelry making and in 2009 they opened their studio in Ratter Corner, near Sussex. 

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Jeneca Klausen www.jenecaklausen.com

The raw and refined are partners in my jewellery, stimulated by the fog & the salt air. Natural things like water, winter and the woods move me. My designs come from an intrinsic fascination for the understated beauties of the natural world and more specifically, my natural surroundings here in Saint John. My jewellery conveys an easy sense of space, an awareness of the living architecture of metal and stone worn on the body. A balanced asymmetry is my trademark.

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Philip Savage www.savagesculpture.com

A self-taught wood worker and member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council, Philip has been creating beautiful furniture and carvings since the early ‘90s. 

Philip also works as a landscape gardener and lives on the Kingston Peninsula.

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David Meade

Over the past 32 years I have taught technical and vocational courses. In retirement I wanted to retain these skills and my love of wood made woodworking a natural choice. I love being able to work at my own pace and rhythm and to create pieces that challenge my skills. Most of the wood I use – maple, birch, cedar, butternut, ash (and occasionally pine) - is locally sourced. My time spent creating work is both relaxing and rewarding.

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Judy Tait www.albertcountyclayco.com

Judy works with clay from the New Brunswick Fundy Shore marshlands. There is a tradition and history of brick making surrounding her studio, so she likes to think of her work as a continuation of the industry using this clay. She tries to work with the clay’s underlying qualities and textures, incorporating leaves and an assortment of other natural objects to produce surface designs. 

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Diane Cosman

I started rug hooking in 1987 and have been at it ever since. I love being able to use recycled wool from old clothing to create designs and pictures, and I’m partial to rugs that are used on the floor and get walked on every day. So this wall hanging is a bit of a departure for me as it uses quite a lot of new yarn that I couldn’t resist buying. 

Because of the beautiful shades of blues and greens in my new yarn I decided on an ocean scene. I used to live in Newfoundland and its rugged, rocky beauty inspired this depiction of a small village with a lighthouse. I hooked the scene in two separate panels that can either be hung side by side to complete the image – or be displayed on a corner with the image connecting where the two sides meet 

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George Fry www.georgefrycreates.ca

Educated in all aspects of theatre design, George worked in film, theatre, television and graphic design in England before moving to New Brunswick in 1963. 

George is well known in both the local & international arts communities for the incredible masks he has created. 

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Tim Isaac

Originally from Manitoba, Tim moved to New Brunswick in 1992 where he has worked as a potter (stoneware, earthenware and raku) and as a successful musician (playing cello and doing vocals in the folk/roots duo "Isaac and Blewett" for 15 years and more recently in the pop duo "Lovestorm" with partner Nina Khosla.

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Kathy Hooper www.artathooperstudios.com

Painter, printmaker, sculptor and ceramist, Kathy Hooper won the 1994 Strathbutler Award for excellence in visual arts and craft in New Brunswick. Born in Africa, she studied in England and South Africa before moving to Canada in the early 1960s with her husband and three young children. Kathy lives in Hampton. 

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Darren Byers www.byersstudio.com

Darren Byers has been building furniture and working with wood for over 20 years. Over the past 12 years he has focused on sculpting and wood carving. 

His work is housed across Canada, the US and Europe. Darren lives near Sussex. 

Mary Powers

With her love of creativity and design, Mary now finds it quite confining to simply make pictures out of stained glass. She enjoys letting the colour and texture of each geometric piece speak for itself. 

Simple and complex are a coinciding occurrence of today’s culture, so her pieces convey that special feeling of unusual beauty and calmness. 

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Sara Wormell www.sarawormellphotography.com

Sara Wormell is a Fredericton, New Brunswick based wedding and portrait photographer. Born and raised in the Maritimes, she has an appreciation for Maritime life and capturing moments that represent what living in this beautiful part of the world is all about. She works mostly in natural light and on location. Her website portfolio is full of work from all over the Maritimes, most specifically New Brunswick.

Shawn Duffy thedarkmule.com

Shawn has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. His biggest inspiration came from three years he spent in Lesotho, Africa, where he learned techniques from a Ugandan batik artist – a truly invaluable experience. 

“He taught me techniques I will never forget. That’s where I got my drive to do portraiture.” 

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Brian Comeau www.duckcovephotography.ca

Brian's 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 of his. Brian lives in Saint John with his wife and three children.

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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. 

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Maja Padrov Pottery www.majapadrov.com

This recent work reflects my interests in clay's ability to mimic other materials, in this case metal. These vessels are made using two basic pottery techniques: throwing on a wheel and handbuilding. Although I am attracted to the visual language of metal, and surfaces have an appearance of cast iron, each of my pieces remains a work of pottery.

Helga Lobb helgalobb.com

Helga Lobb was born in Czechoslovakia and has lived in Hampton since 1970. She started her full-time painting career in 1989 and has participated in a number of art seminars in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as workshops in Montpellier, France and Sienna, Italy. She has taken part in a number of Solo Shows and Group Exhibitions in Saint John , Moncton, Shediac, St, Andrews and Fredericton. 

Helga has absorbed the character of her environment and her paintings convey the feeling of the ever-changing scenery of her adopted Maritime countryside. She captures the richness and vitality of the subject with lyricism and serenity, achieving a complete integration of all elements. She is also juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council. 

See more of Helga's work at Handworks Gallery, 12 King Street, Saint John, NB 

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Manami Fukuda Stokes-Rees

Catch me 
New Brunswick is recognised as lobster capital of the world with its booming lobster fishing industry and traditions of shellfish on the menu. The lobster is therefore a symbol of the Maritimes and also the top attraction of our region's culinary experience. I would like to welcome travelers to Saint John with the iconic image of this Bay of Fundy legend. Hope you find your own! 

Purple Wolf 
Lupins are one of my favorite summer flowers in New Brunswick. The vigorous growth of the lupin emerges from a hard environment, spreading colourful flowers across our province’s meadows. According to the latin naming of flowers, “Lupinus” translates to wolf. These tall, elegant flowers are symbolic of imagination, happiness and voraciousness. I would like to share those beautiful wild "wolf" with visitors to New Brunswick. Hopefully you will discover them! 

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Ken Waiwood www.kenwaiwood.com

Alabaster Bowls 

I was inspired to turn stone after noting the incredible bowls that were created in ancient Egypt and after seeing the beautiful alabaster bowls turned by Max Krimmel in the US. These alabaster bowls were delicate, thin-walled (2-3 mm), translucent and surprisingly light. The light enhances the natural beauty of the stone. I collect all my own stone from active and abandoned quarries in NB and NS plus a few from other parts of the world. These minerals include: alabaster, anhydrite, serpentine, calcite, fluorite and Howelite. The dominant colours include white, pink, gray, orange, brown, green, blue and raspberry. Variation in colour and veining is the result of “contamination” of the stone by other minerals and metals such as iron. Exotic woods, pewter and contrasting stone are used for rims and bases. 

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Martha Millard

There is something special about things made out of clay. Each piece unique and imperfect--very much like ourselves.

My pottery is constantly changing and evolving. Most is functional, although some pieces are purely whimsical. The functional forms are simple, with subtle altercations, a little texturing, and glazes that blend together seamlessly; pleasing both to the eye and the hand. It is designed to be used and enjoyeddaily. Because each piece is made by hand, no two are identical. This is due to the nature of the clay, the glaze, and me leaving signs of the creative process-- like throwing lines and marks from tools or my fingers.

The method I use depends on the piece being made, either wheel thrown or hand built using slabs. I use fine white stoneware clay. It is fired in an electric kiln to 1250 degrees F. The pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe.

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Darin Bavis www.naturescanvas.ca

Darin Bavis is the creative artist behind Nature's Canvas. All his pieces start from tree fungi harvested in New Brunswick, which are then dehydrated using the sun, to create a more rigid piece. From there Darin draws local forest and coastal scenes on the bright underside of the fungus using water-proof and fade-proof ink. 

He is a self taught artist, who started sketching and painting at a very young age. 

He has always been inspired by his surroundings. He grew up playing in the woods and was always curious about mushrooms. Enjoy these one-of-a-kind pieces! 

Werner Arnold sylwer@bellaliant.net

Werner Arnold is widely recognized for his unique, highly original style of modernist sculpture featuring colourful, intricate images, and for his technical virtuosity. Over the years, he has explored various themes including the world of the circus, masks and carnivals, the animal kingdon, mythology and medieval imagery. He strives, both visually and aesthetically, to show a sense of style, balance and humour in all his work

Mary Kay O'Brien

These paintings are a part of a series in which I was using the theme of Millfiore, as found particularly in Itlalian art glass. Millefiore patterns are rich in variety of design and colour, created to delight the eye. My intention in this series was to use the millefiore theme to reflect the four seasons.

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Nicholas McCaig www.clairvoyantartglass.com

Nicholas lives with his wife Heather in a log house nestled in the heart of the countryside where he is nurturing a growing passion for flameworking glass. Here he draws influences from the quiet serene life and seasonal rhythms of Canada's East Coast. 
"Light, water, and music in their infinite ephemeral arrangements have always been a source of inspiration. My body of work is the result of these natural inspirations united with the desire to create an object unto itself."

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