ART AT THE AIRPORT

Every day the Saint John Airport welcomes visitors from all over the globe, so it’s both our privilege and responsibility to make a good first impression on behalf of our city and region. We are proud to showcase the best our community has to offer with our ‘Art at the Airport’ series.

The work of well-known local artists is showcased to enhance the welcoming atmosphere for our passengers. Located throughout the first floor of the terminal building, the exhibits include paintings, displays of jewelry, pottery and mixed media pieces and a welcome wall of local photography. Exhibits are changed regularly, offering passengers and visitors a continually rotating display of artwork to enjoy.

We also offer display space for non profits, community groups and educational facilities.

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

Art Gallery

Suzanne Hill

In the Fall of 2016 the Atlantic Ballet were kind enough to let me sit in on a couple of "ordinary" days' work and rehearsal. I watched, photographed, sketched and considered their work process, the development of performance from scratch. Most significant was the opportunity to look at each dancer - what they wore, how each prepared for "class", the shapes, exercises, and movements involved in stretching and warming up their bodies - the tools their discipline requires (expects?) to execute/communicate whatever is asked of them. Hard work ...it was COLD in that rehearsal space, and gradually the leggings, the quilted jackets, the layers of warmth were shed. The impressive bodies emerged - to rehearse, to experiment and repeat until it was "right".

My residency resulted in heightened awareness of the practice, the work that goes into the development and maintenance of a dancer's expressive medium. Each individual body must be able to do anything that is needed to execute, to perform, and communicate as a solo movement or as part of a group. And then, as a comparison, to create images of the explorations that went into the development, execution and presentation of a series that illustrates some of this extensive work that must happen both "pre-performance" and "pre-visual art".

Shown here are 4 wall hung layered groupings of life size standing/moving/practicing dancers, both drawn on brown paper, mylar, and acetate.

 

Gallery Cases Current exhibit: August 2021 to Present

Bella McBride

Bella McBride lives in the same small community that she was raised in at the head of the Belleisle Bay in New Brunswick, Canada. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia at a young age forced her to re-evaluate her botany career and through a series of serendipitous events she fell in love with the art of needle felting.  She is entirely self taught and is greatly inspired by the forests that surround her.  She is now a full time fibre artist who not only sells her work all over the world but also teaches classes and co-hosts a popular felting retreat.

The Reading Rabbit
The Reading Rabbit is made from a technique called needle felting, which involves poking and prodding different colours of wool with an extremely sharp barbed needle until you reach the perfect shape. It literally takes thousands of pokes and days or weeks to reach a sculpture of this size. Base is created from vintage books.

McBride House, Where the magic lives....
A book of short little stories, suitable for children and for adults alike, an art book, a book on "wildlife", a book to make your imagination soar, and hopefully a book of inspiration as well.

 

 

Fred Harrison

Fred Harrison is a New Brunswick painter, muralist and sculptor enamored of the landscape and life style of this province. He has been practicing his art for the last 40 years and has traveled across Canada painting murals. Fifteen years ago, Fred came to New Brunswick to take part in the Sussex Mural Project. While working here, he became captivated by the beauty of this province, and fortunately for us, decided to make New Brunswick his home.

These six paintings are inspired by Fred's many visits to the Hopewell Rocks and the power and beauty of the turning of the tides.

Darren Byers

As I consider the similarities between humans and crows I am amused at how they expose us to our best and worst behaviours. We see in Crows the things we admire in ourselves. As well, we see the aspects that we wish no one knew about. These similarities mean that for a large part of human history, crows have been an ever-present and high-flying part of our world.

The creation of Mexicrow was inspired by drawings/sketches ,done by Hampton artist John Hooper (while visiting Mexico) of an elderly, blind man walking through a square, being led by a little girl - presumably his grand-daughter.

Chantal S Vincent

Chantal S Vincent, originally a native of Montreal QC, has been teaching art in New Brunswick for the past 17 years.

The inspiration for this collection stems from Chantal's lifelong love of birds and bugs, many of which can be found here in southwest NB. The primitive form of firing, used to create these pieces, is a fascinating technique that adds whimsy and originality to each piece.

 

Welcome Wall Current exhibit: September 2016 – Present

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Brian Comeau www.duckcovephotography.ca

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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