Exhibition and Events Archives

Our archives are listed in reverse-chronological order, from most recent to going back in time.


October 6, 2:00 p.m. Artist Talk ~ Shannon Merrifield and Tom Smart

Join us on Sunday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m. for a unique artist talk featuring Shannon Merrifield, curator and operator of the Buckland Merrifield Gallery, and Tom Smart, director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Shannon and Tom will be discussing the latest paintings by Sussex artist Sarah Sackville, whose exhibition, DUSK, is currently on display in the AX gallery.

This talk is free, and Knocks Cafe will be open to serve light refreshments.

Thanks to the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for their support of this exhibition.

About Shannon Merrifield

Shannon Merrifield is a potter, an arts entrepreneur and a committed arts advocate. With over 15 years in the arts business and Merrifield currently curates and operates the Buckland Merrifield Gallery, a showcase of New Brunswick fine craft and art. Merrifield feels strongly about community building and her engagement includes Co-Founder of FUSION, past Chair of the New Brunswick Museum, and has sat on the Saint John Arts and Community Board, and the Chamber of Commerce Board. Mostly though, she is a mom to her two boys Felix and Finnian.

In early 2015, Shannon recognized the need for a centre of excellence in fine art and craft in Saint John. With a resurgence in the uptown area, Shannon along with well-known fine art gallerist, Peter Buckland, established The Buckland Merrifield Gallery located in the historic Canterbury Car Park, focuses on representing the regions’ best artists and crafts people. Shannon has won numerous awards for knowledge of the industry and curatorial excellence including: The Board of Trade Silver Award, the Uptown SJ Award and the Atlantic Craft Alliance Best Gallery Award.

About Tom Smart

Tom Smart has worked in art galleries across Canada and the United States as a Director, Curator of exhibitions interpreting the art of contemporary and historical artists, and engaging wide and diverse audiences. He has authored many catalogues and books on art and the contexts in which artists have lived and worked. His bi-monthly column on art appears in the Telegraph-Journal. Tom is currently the Director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

About Sarah Sackville

Sarah was born in Sussex, New Brunswick and left in 1997 to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as one of two recipients of the Centennial Entrance Scholarship. She spent the summer and fall of 2001 travelling throughout Europe, painting. In 2002, she returned to Canada and settled in British Columbia, painting the forested West Coast landscape and the urban street life of Vancouver while becoming a journeyman cabinet maker. Sarah traveled to Jamaica in 2007 for the first time and fell in love with the people and its lush, tropical landscape, which she captured in several paintings.

In June 2013, Sarah returned to Sussex to pursue her career as a full time artist. Since returning, she has held multiple solo shows, including two shows at the Sussex Art Gallery in May 2014 and 2015, followed by an exhibition of Saint John Landscapes at the Saint John Arts Centre in 2017, “Nocturnes” exhibition in February 2018 and “A Continued Study of Saint John” in February 2019, both at the Buckland Merrifield Gallery.

May 25, 2019 PROCESS

AX Presents

PROCESS: New Brunswick Artists Working with Wood

Curated by Christiana Myers


AX is pleased to welcome curator Christiana Myers and the works of eleven other New Brunswick artists to the AX gallery.

Join us on May 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. as we launch PROCESS: New Brunswick Artists Working with Wood. Our latest exhibition features the work of New Brunswick artists Ned Bear, Christian Demmings, John Dougan, Gillian Dykeman, Steve Jones, Timothy ‘Bjorn’ Jones, Brock Jorgensen, Justin Sappier, Phil Savage, Ralph Simpson, and Jack Symonds.

This unique exhibition has been organized by Sussex’s Christiana Myers, a curator and writer. Christiana has brought the work of these artists together to demonstrate the many diverse perspectives on the use of wood in art. Each artist has adopted their own process to pay homage to this dynamic material and the many roles it plays in the lives of New Brunswick residents. Through their application of traditional crafting practices, conceptual exploration, and everything in between, the artists depict histories, communities, lifestyles, and concerns related to this vital natural resource.

PROCESS opens with an evening reception in the AX Gallery on May 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and the exhibition will remain in the gallery until August. All are welcome to this free reception.

PROCESS: New Brunswick Artists Working with Wood is sponsored by the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

About curator Christiana Myers

Christiana Myers is a Saint John-based curator, writer and artist. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Christiana has completed internships with the New Brunswick Museum, Sculpture Saint John and at art galleries in Montreal. Locally, she has curated exhibitions at the Saint John Arts Centre as well as through her position as the programming coordinator at Third Space Gallery, Saint John’s artist run centre. In the winter of 2018, Christiana was selected for an editorial residency at Canadian Art magazine in Toronto, for which she continues to write critical reviews.

May 11, 2019 Student Art Show


MAY 11, 2:00 P.M.

Join us at AX as we launch our Student Art Show, featuring artwork from students of all ages throughout the region. This exhibition will be in the AX gallery until May 18, so come see it while you can!

Thanks to TELUS for supporting this program.

April 13, 2019 Artist Talk ~ Deanna Musgrave

Artist Talk 

with Deanna Musgrave

Please join us at AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, as we welcome artist Deanna Musgrave for a presentation about her newest exhibition, Channel: A Conversation with Emma Kunz. 

Deanna has produced a body of work inspired by Kunz, a Swiss artist who used her artwork as therapeutic tools in her healing practice. AX is proud to host this new collection of Deanna’s work, and we look forward to her artist talk.

Deanna’s talk is sponsored in part by the New Horizons Seniors Program, funded by the federal government.

April 6, 2019 Slow Art ~ Deanna Musgrave

Slow Art Day at AX

with artist Deanna Musgrave

                                                                                                         Sat. April 6, 1:00 p.m.

AX is one of approximately 120 galleries across the world participating in Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover, for themselves, the joy of looking at and loving art.

Why slow? When people take time to look carefully at a piece of art, they make discoveries, one the most important being that they don’t need professional “expertise” in order to see and experience art.

How does it work? On April 6, people all over the world will be visiting local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. At 1:00 p.m. that day, Deanna Musgrave will join participants in the AX gallery and together, we’ll look at works of art for a period of time and then talk about our experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing. 

Join artist Deanna Musgrave at the gallery on April 6, 1:00 p.m. for this unique, free event, hosted by AX. There will also be a few snacks to augment our experience.

Thanks to The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation for sponsoring Slow Art Day at AX.

March 9, 2019 Channel: Conversations with Emma Kunz ~ Deanna Musgrave

AX Presents 

artist Deanna Musgrave

Channel: Conversations with Emma Kunz

Please join us at AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, as we welcome artist Deanna Musgrave and her newest exhibition, Channel: A Conversation with Emma Kunz. The exhibition will be in theAX gallery until May 4. 

Deanna has produced a body of work inspired by Kunz, a Swiss artist who used her artwork as therapeutic tools in her healing practice. AX is proud to host this new collection of Deanna’s work, and the artist will offer two separate events in the gallery: a Slow Art Day, April 6, 1:00 p.m., and an Artist Talk, April 13, 1:00 p.m.

At the exhibition launch on March 9, 2:00 p.m., Deanna was joined by Andrew Reed Miller in a musical performance sponsored by Resonance New Music. Deanna would like to acknowledge ArtsNB for the grant that enabled her to research Emma Kunz and create this body of work.

March 1, 2019 Story-Telling Night at AX ~ Gerard Collins


FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 6:00 P.M.

When the sun goes down and the sky darkens, storytellers will gather at AX on the first night of March to entertain us with tales of long ago and far away, or yesterday on the farm just down the road. As in days of old before technology ruled the world, we’ll gather around a “campfire” on a late-winter night to bring some warmth to your soul. You, your friends, and your family are welcome to join us – and maybe tell a tale: of your town, your family, school days, or whatever else you please.

You don’t need to be a writer. Just tell us a story. Make us laugh. Scare us a little. Make us smile. But keep in mind there might be kids.

“Storytelling Night” is part of Gerard Collins’ exhibition, The Book That Wrote Itself. An award-winning author and professor of literature, Gerard pays homage to his Atlantic roots, sitting around a woodstove or campfire, when his elders would tell stories of days gone by.

If you know someone who likes to tell a story, or someone who enjoys a good yarn, please tell them about this unique event. Everyone is welcome, and this event is free, thanks in part to funding from the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

January 12, 2019 The Book that Wrote Itself ~ Gerard Collins

Join us at AX as we welcome our newest exhibition, The Book that Wrote Itself. Created and curated by local author Gerard Collins, this interactive exhibition combines visual, literary, and performance arts.

There will be multiple community events associated with this exhibition, including an artist talk on January 16, 1:00 p.m., a creative writing workshop in February, a dramatic presentation of an excerpt from Gerard’s novel, Finton Moon, and a storytelling night at the gallery. Stay tuned for more information.

The Book that Wrote Itself launches January 12, 2:00 p.m. and will be in the gallery until March 2. 

About Gerard Collins:
Dr. Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland. Gerard’s first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the 2014 NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 NL Book Award.

Gerard’s PhD is in North American gothic fiction, and he has taught English at Memorial University of Newfoundland for two decades and continues to teach by distance. Gerard also offers mentorships and hosts local and international writing workshops and retreats.


September 28, 2018 An Evening with Foglit ~ Literary Readings

An Evening with Fog Lit ~ Literary Readings September 28, 7:00 p.m.

Join us at AX as authors from theFog Lit Festival venture to Sussex from Saint John for an evening of readings, refreshments, and art. The Fog Lit Festival is a non-profit festival for readers and writers of all ages and abilities.Fog Lit authors Lisa de Nikolits, Pamela Mulloy, Larry Matthews, and Terri Favro will be at AX to read from their books, sell copies of their novels after the event, and participate in a question and answer period.This is a FREE event, sponsored byFog Lit.

August 24, 2018 The Gerry Collins Show ~ Ceramist Gerry Collins and Painter Gerard Collins

Join us at AX, The Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, on Friday, August 24, 5:30 p.m. for the launch of our new exhibition, The Gerry Collins Show, as well as the Grand Opening of our AX Patio.

We look forward to welcoming The Gerry Collins Show,an exciting exhibition of two very different artists who share the same name – the exhibition will be in the AX gallery until October 13. 

Thanks to the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture for their support of this exhibition.

During the exhibition launch, we’ll also take an opportunity to formally acknowledge those who helped make the AX Patio a reality. The spacewill provide much-needed additional room for spillover with our events, and is already proving to be a visual draw to the arts and culture centre.

AX is located at 12 Maple Avenue, Sussex, NB.


About Gerard Collins, painter

Gerard Collins was born and bred in Saint John, New Brunswick, and he has chosen to remain and make his art in the city he calls home. However, the influences and self-imposed rules which govern the act of painting for Collins arise out of a number of currents in 20th Century art.

Considered to be one of the finest contemporary painters in the region, Gerard Collins has had numerous exhibitions since 1977. His work can be found in many important collections.


About Gerry Collins, ceramist

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gerry Collins obtained a Bsc (Zoology with a Chemistry minor) from University of Manitoba, followed by a Fine Arts degree from Université de Moncton. She taught Sculpture and Ceramics courses as a sessional lecturer at Université de Moncton from 1999 to 2016 and was guest artist in public schools through the program “GénieArts”.

Gerry has had numerous group and solo shows and has shown her work in the Maritimes, Quebec, Manitoba, France, and Italy. Her work is inspired and informed by her interests in the natural world, particularly topics in evolution, and in the nature of human consciousness.

August 9, 2018 The Art of Editing ~ Beth Powning & Craig Pyette

Join us at AX as we welcome Craig Pyette to discuss his work as an editor at one of Canada’s biggest publishers. Craig will be joined by local author Beth Powning to give us unique insights into the editing process from both sides. The two will talk about the editorial exchange and the working relationship between author and editor. 

Question and answer period to follow. This event is free of charge and open to all!

About Craig

Craig Pyette is a senior editor at Knopf Canada. His books have won or been finalists for numerous literary awards in Canada and internationally, including six Governor General’s Literary Award nominations. Craig has ghostwritten memoirs, climbed a mountain with a retired NHL enforcer and driven a wrestler around Western Canada at the end of his life, all to help great stories turn into great books, six of them number-one bestsellers. Craig lives and works in Toronto.

About Beth

Beth Powning lives in New Brunswick, Canada. Her latest bestselling novel, A Measure of Light, was called by the Globe and Mail “shatteringly exquisite…extraordinary…visceral and intense.”

Beth is the author of three novels and three books of literary non-fiction, as well as articles, essays and blog posts. A full-time writer, she teaches workshops, visits schools, sings in two choruses, serves on boards and committees, gardens, photographs, and has chickens and ponies.

Beth is currently working on a new novel.

August 3, 2018 Vintage Travel Art ~ Eric Goggin

On August 3, at 5:30 p.m., AX welcomes a new exhibit to our gallery: Vintage Travel Art, featuring works by Eric Goggin.

Goggin’s artwork focuses on beloved locations in the Maritime provinces. The clean lines, simple colour schemes, and vintage feel all serve to highlight the beauty of the Atlantic provinces – popular locations and hidden gems alike.

We hope you’ll join us for this free exhibition launch! The exhibition will remain in the AX gallery until August 18.

June 29, 2018 NB Aboriginal Art

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Peace ~ Friendship ~ Culture showcases First Nations artists from across New Brunswick, blending traditional and contemporary art.

This exhibition will be in the AXgallery until July 31 (note revised date).

Participating artists

Tara Audibert

Paul Austin

Edward (Ned) Bear

Angela Beek

Kim Brooks

G. Wayne Brooks

Francine Francis

Tim Hogan

Liz Kain

Belinda Levi

Mary Mersereau

Cindy Narvey

James Narvey

Sarah Sacobie

Vienna Sanipass

Lois Solomon

Sgoagani Wecenisqon

Pauline Young

June 22, 2018 Student Art Show

We’re looking forward to welcoming local art students to the AX gallery to show their work.

Join us for the launch on June 22, 5:00 p.m. – it’s free to attend, and there will be snacks served by Knocks Café!

This exhibition will be in the AX gallery from June 19-27. Thanks to TELUS for your support.

May 10, 2018 NB Art Bank Acquisitions

On May 10 at 5:30 p.m., join us for the launch of our newest exhibition, Acquisitions 2017-2018,  from the New Brunswick Art Bank. The exhibition will be featured in our gallery until June 16, 2018.

Established in 1968, the Art Bank celebrates New Brunswick’s excellence in the contemporary visual arts by purchasing artwork by New Brunsick artists as part of our province’s permanent collection. 

AX is proud to host the 2017-2018 Art Bank Acquisitions, featuring twenty artists from across the province working in various mediums. 

Participating artists

Amanda Dawn Christie
Lee Horus Clark
Charline Collette
Elizabeth Grant
Catherine Hale
Sarah Jones
Steve Jones
Victoria Moon Joyce
Melissa LeBlanc
Vicky Lentz
Jennifer Macklem
Bob Morouney
Andrea Mortson
Deanna Musgrave
Sylvie Pilotte
Peter Powning
Lucille Robichaud
Guy Vézina
Dan Xu

January 27, 2018 Ganong Chocolate Boxes ~ Curated by Erin McKenna

Join us at AX on January 27, 1pm, for the launch of our latest exhibit, “Ganong Chocolate Boxes.” The exhibit is curated by Erin McKenna and on loan to us from the permanent collection of the Hooked Rug Museum of North America.

This exhibit features works from across Canada and the United States, and includes several rugs from local fibre artists.


November 24, 2017 Beneath the Surface

In the AX Gallery:

Beneath the Surface: Selected Works launched on Friday, November 24, and will be in the gallery until mid-January, 2018. This selection of artwork features several different artists who participated in a week-long residency at Fundy National Park, including Sussex-region artists Peter PowningAlyson BrownJamie Brown, and Joe Pach.

In partnership with Parks Canada, artists stayed on site at the Fundy National Park for a 5-day period, interacting with nature, park interpreters, scientists, educators and each other. 

Inspired by their explorations of the natural landscape, these artists brought their curiosity and their creativity to bear on such matters as the Fundy tides, the flora and fauna of the Acadian Forest, and wetland ecosystems.

November 10, 2017 Artist Talk ~ Bonny Hill

Join Bonny Hill for an an Artist Talk at AX on Friday, November 10, 2:00 pm.

Bonny’s work is currently being shown as part of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Emerging Artists: Studio Watch exhibit at AX. She has recently been recognized by the Canadian Society For Education Through Art as “Art Educator of the Year” for her level, and Bonny will be bringing her class to AX for an informative discussion on her art and process.

This talk is free and open to the public.