Brenda Lee Wright

is an adult educator and a counselling therapist, who has Master of Education degrees in Counselling and Adult Education. While in France, she learned from Canadian authors Marianne Ackerman and Isabel Huggan. She is also a certified “Writing Out Loud” instructor.  Brenda lives on the Kingston Peninsula and is passionate about writing and the art of well-being.

Eva Gold (CNHP, EEM-AP)

is an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine therapist, authorized Energy Medicine for Women instructor and one of the Faculty Members of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program in Phoenix, AZ. She is also a licensed Natural Health and Medical Qigong Practitioner, Reflexologist and a Clinical Aromatherapist.

Melanie Craig-Hansford

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education in Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. I studied painting and drawing in Florence, Italy for a year.  I recently retired from teaching high school after 27 years.  I was a visual art teacher and teacher-librarian.  I had an exhibition of my most recent paintings at the Arts and Cultural Centre of Sussex in May and June this year.  I am currently working on an illustrated manuscript of poetry.

Sophia Bella

Sophia Bella, a retired art teacher, taught first in Slovakia, (her birth place,) and later in Saint John and then at Bellisle Regional High School. Through the years she has worked in many art and craft mediums, including clay, drawing and painting, batiks and knotted jute and sisal wall hangings. Now she has learned the art of bobbin lace. This fascinating, ancient art with its endless stitches can be used to make traditional and contemporary designs in lace.

Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd grew up in Saint John and now lives in Hampton with his family. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a major in sculpture, Boyd has created art in carved stone and wood, welded steel, cast lead, plaster and foam.

Sheri Lynn Burhoe

Sheri’s first Solo Exhibition “Expressions of the Figurative Garden”, 13 works on canvas, paper and wood, was held at the Saint John Arts Centre in February 2004. Her second Solo Exhibit at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, sponsored by the Lorenzo Society, in February 2005, entitled “Embracing the Figurative Garden” had a total of 24 works which continued on from her first series at the SJAC. The contents of each exhibit was based around Woman, Earth and the Spiritual world. In addition, Sheri displays within group exhibits and year round at venues in Rothesay, such as Session’s Cafe. In 2005 Sheri won in a juried art competition for her painting “Six in the Garden” at the Heron Bay Gallery in Shediac, N.B. and then once again received an honorable mention at the same Gallery in 2007. Burhoe’s works are displayed at Sessions Cafe in Rothesay, N.B. and in Charlottetown, PEI at A Maritime Girl Artisan Gallery and Studio. Her works may be found in public and private spaces across Canada and Internationally, as far as Japan. Also from her on line, internet shop at

Darren Byers

Darren Byers is a sculptor and has been working with wood for over twenty years. He is a self taught artist with a passion for sculpting and an excitment for discovering the hidden meaning in the unique configurations of wood.

Jenn Carson Garnhum

Artist, author and educator Jenn Carson Garnhum is known for her one-of-a-kind handmade books and fun-filled workshops. Her books, pinhole photos, and mixed-media paintings have appeared in exhibits and private collections around Atlantic Canada. Jenn is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild and works part-time at the Kennebecasis Public Library. She is currently emersed in her training to become a certified Yoga Instructor for children. She is the vegetarian chef at Amana Institute. Despite a busy schedule, her favourite thing to do is cuddle with her husband, Ryan and son, Benji.

Sheryl Crowley

Sheryl Crowley is a former elementary music teacher who likes to make music with children. She has most recently done children’s music sessions locally for community programs and spends much of her time these days volunteering with several organizations supporting children and families.

Amie Cunningham

Amie Cunningham received her B.F.A at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She is a painter and a sculptor creating work inspired by pop culture, history, and objects of antiquity. She has taught painting and printmaking in university and enjoys teaching the benefits and techniques of art making to others.

Paige Danaher

Paige Danaher is a registered massage therapist and owns Vitalis Massage Therapy in Hampton, NB. Paige has been practicing massage therapy since 2004 and finds that yoga fits hand and hand with massage. She has been practicing yoga for the past 6 years in Hampton and has recently graduated from yoga teacher training in 2009. Paige encourages you to find the balance between effort and ease, not only in your yoga practice, but also in your daily life.

Denise Doust

Denise is a self taught artist who, in the last forty years, has worked in fiber, at first, spinning and weaving, then Batik, ultimately falling in love with direct painting on silk, her medium of choice for the last 30 of those years. The work in silk included wall pieces, clothing , shawls and scarves. In the last ten years, she has adopted oil painting as a second love. Attendance in numerous workshops have helped guide her in her work.

Trudy Gallagher

Trudy Gallagher is the Designer, Owner of both Bejewel by Trudy Gallagher, Ltd as well as Bejewel Gallery in Fredericton, N.B. Trudy has been making jewellery for 15 years and is most recently all about having FUN with her \”art to wear\” work and being colourful.

Toby Graser

Toby Graser is a well-known Canadian artist who has had over 30 solo exhibitions and is represented in over 70 corporate collections as well as museums and government collections. She has worked in acrylic, collage and mixed media for many years in both figurative and abstract areas, doing whatever is necessary to explore her unique artistic sensibility and to set up the vibrations of response for which her abstract work is noted.

Suzanne Hill

Suzanne Hill lives in Renforth, N.B. and is active as a professional artist and art education consultant. A graduate of Mount Allison and McGill Universities, she exhibits in the Atlantic Region and in Montreal and has work in many private and public collections.

Kathy Hooper

Kathy Hooper is a professional artist who has worked in many mediums for the past 40 years. Her work is in private and public collections and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Sue Hooper

Sue Hooper is a graduate of Georgian College of Art in Barrie, Ontario and has worked as an artist and designer for the last 25 years. Sue has worked & studied in the last 6 years with the healing power of art.

Kate Kerr

Kate Kerr studied metalsmithing and jewellery at Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario and NSCAD in Halifax. She practiced as a metalsmith for several years before becoming a partner for six years in Handworks Gallery. She is now a mother of two.

Theresa MacKnight

Theresa MacKnight is a native of Saint John, attending Mount Allison University, Fine Arts, graduating with a BFA from NSCAD and a B.Ed at UNB. Theresa has worked in a wide variety of media beginning with photography and drawing early in her career then turning toward painting almost exclusively. In the early 90¹s she experimented heavily with homemade encaustic(wax) paint recipes, painting archeological subjects. In addition, she began combining acrylic and collage to explore feminist themes and environmental subjects. Since moving to Miramichi, Theresa continued to work mainly in oils, but has been experimenting with combining acrylic and oil in order to add collaged elements to her paintings. She has been teaching art for 12 years at Miramichi Valley High School and gives evening classes and paints from her studio at home.

Peter Manchester

Peter Manchester is a painter/illustrator in oils and watercolour. He has been painting and living in Sackville, New Brunswick with his family since 1992. Over the years he has been a production artist, graphic designer, museum curator, videographer, author and illustrator, as well as a painter. He has lived in many parts of the world, and drawn inspiration from all.

Alexandra Milburn

Alexandra Milburn is a native New Brunswicker who has come home to roost after 25 years away. During these 25 years, she lived in different parts of the country, all the while identifying and collecting wild plants. In 2002, she researched, wrote and published What¹s Blooming: A Guide to 100+ Wild Plants of Northwest Territories. In the same year, she wrote Wild and Wacky Plants of the NWT, which was distributed to all schools within the territories. Another book on plants for kids is now in the works. Alexandra can be seen in spring and summer looking in the ditches along Kennebecasis River Road, collecting plants to identify and study.

Elizabeth Miller

I have been interested in fibrey things since I learned to crochet at the age of four. Over the years knitting, designing, spinning, natural dyeing, and weaving followed. In 1997 I took a position at the NB College of Craft and Design as the spinning and dye methods instructor and remained there for seven years. Since then I have worked in my own studio producing spinning fibres for sale and my own use, spinning designer yarn and weaving with hand dyed yarns. My work sells in several shops in N.B., P.E.I., and N.S., as well as various shows and the Saint John City Market. Fibre has been a big part of my life, and teaching, learning, and promoting all fibre arts is my passion. I am so fortunate to be able to work in my studio on the Kingston Peninsula, overlooking the mighty Kennebecasis River. My family, husband Raymond and children Chloe and Cameron, put up with the whole mess admirably. I can be found most days here with my studio cats.

Alison Murphy

Alison Murphy graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in May of 2004, with a major in textiles, received a New Brunswick Arts Board Scholarship and the Nel Oudemans textile award in 2004 for her variety of work in the textiles field. Currently, Alison is living in Saint John where she is keeping her hands busy knitting, spinning and weaving.

Pip Murphy

Pip Murphy and her husband John came to Canada from the UK in 1974, and fell in love with Hampton and the beautiful river valley. They settled here to share their home with two daughters, Alison and Anna, and a variety of dogs and horses. A recent retiree, Pip has taught English, Canadian Literature and Writing at the high school level for more years than she cares to remember. She has participated in a number of creative writing courses, most notably at U.N.B. with Bill Gaston (Giller Prize nominee 2002; Timothy Findley Award 2003). In 1997 she completed her M.A. in English, with her thesis in Creative Writing. Pip treasures the time she spends with her animals, is an avid reader, and describes herself as “a constant scribbler”.

Elena Redkina

Originally trained as a teacher in Russia, Elena Redkina immigrated to Canada in 1997. Elena has taught art in Russia & Canada & through the years worked in many art and craft mediums, including drawing, painting, woodcarving, fabrics and clay.

Maureen Robichaud

Maureen Robichaud has been a nurse educator for the last 15 years in both the clinical and classroom settings. She has taught Kundalini yoga both privately and publicly over the last 6 years.

Maryann Jo Sartini

Maryann Jo Sartini graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1998 acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles, Merchandising & Design. She combined her love of animals and wool and in 2001 she began creating needle felted sculptures. Her passion for all creatures great & small allows her to create animals & dolls of her memories & imagination, along with people’s favorite pets.

Maryann and her husband Charlie retired to Canada six years ago to begin the second phase of their lives. They fell in love and purchased a home and parcel of land now called Frog Pond Farm on the Kingston Peninsula with the hopes of raising fibre sheep. Back in New England they owned & raised Romney sheep & all that beautiful fibre followed them north.

Philip Savage

Philip Savage, a resident of Quispamsis, joined the KV Carvers when he was 10 years old and has been carving ever since. Using electric rotary tools and hand gouges in collaboration he has dabbled in a range of carving and sculptural styles. His current interest is larger than life organic forms in hardwood and wood dyes inspired by tending gardens and frequent explorations of the natural landscape.

Rod Stears

Rod Stears is a professional photographer and teacher. Rod has taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design for over 20 years. His teaching experience has also extended to UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John, Maritime Photographic Workshop, Atlantic Photographic Workshop and the Maine Photographic Workshop.

Jaclyn Trecartin

Born and raised in the greater Saint John area, Jaclyn Trecartin has had a lifelong love of art. One of her earliest memories is creating a sculpture from junk mail and glue (lots of glue). Ever since, she has enjoyed being inspired by everyday objects. She is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Education program at UNB with a focus on art education. She believes everyone has the ability to create wonderful art.

Alice Whitney

My art training is from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where I earned a BFA in 1959. I came to Toronto in 1962 and moved to New Brunswick in 1977. I taught at the Sussex Regional High School from 1980 to 1996 and got involved with the Sussex Artists’ Co-Op in the early nineties, at its inception. Besides pastels, I also work in watercolour, gouache, oil, and acrylic. I am a mother of five and grandmother of nine.

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