Staff and Volunteers

AX depends on support from our local community – we can offer great programming because we have great volunteers.


AX‘s Executive Director is Jane Simpson. You’ll find Jane at the AX centre at 12 Maple Avenue, or drop her a line. AX is also fortunate to have a part time Administrative Assistant, Sloane Ryan.

Volunteer with AX

Volunteers keep AX going – we’d be lost without them!

Our volunteers help in countless ways, but here are a few examples:

  • Serve on committees
  • Coordinate exhibit launches
  • Greet gallery visitors
  • Promote arts and culture programming

Yes, I’d like to volunteer with AX!

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Peter Powning – President

Peter Powning lives and works as an artist in the hills of southern New Brunswick. His life is characterized by intense periods of work preparing for exhibitions and commissions, punctuated by periodic travel. While Powning’s award-winning work is shown internationally, it is imbued with qualities distilled from a life lived close to the silence, space and seasonal rhythms of his home, the fields, forests and shorelines of Canada’s east coast.

Peter has been active in arts and culture organizations for more than forty years.


Megan de Graaf – Vice-President

Bio to come!


Bonny Hill – Director

Bonny Hill has been teaching visual arts in New Brunswick high schools for thirty years and was recently recognized by the Canadian Society For Education Through Art as Art Educator of the Year (secondary level, 2011). She began making art seriously in 2006 and was recently included in the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Studio Watch: Emerging Artists Series for 2016. Bonny lives in beautiful downtown Sussex with her husband.


James Brown – Director

Bio to come!


Donna Floyd – Board Treasurer

Bio to come!


Melanie Craig-Hansford – Board Secretary

Melanie Craig-Hansford graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984 and a Bachelor of Art Education in 1985, and she also studied painting in Florence, Italy for a year. Melanie taught High School Visual Art in Alberta and Ontario and was a Teacher-Librarian at a high School in Kingston, Ontario. Melanie retired in 2014 and built a house on her beloved Belleisle Bay and is thrilled to be back home in the Maritimes. In her retirement Melanie hopes to continue to paint and dedicate her time to her two passions: making art and writing poetry.