Craft NB Boost Online Activity & Events Guide

Craft NB Boost ⭐️ is a weekly listing of craft/arts related online content compiled in one place for you to enjoy! During these tough times, it’s now more important than ever to share the wonders of fine craft and art to inspire, comfort and appreciate.

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Watch / Video

Printmaking-The Art of Living- Fredericton Recreation & Leisure

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In partnership with The Art of Living- Fredericton Recreation & Leisure program, Anne Stillwell-Leblanc of Ridgeworks Studio did a printmaking livestream last Friday! Anne is one of our current Emerging Artisans! Check it out.

Saint John Arts Centre: Art At Home Series

“Art at Home: Free Art Lessons for Kids! The Saint John Arts Centre is pleased to bring you a new weekly series of art lessons for you and your little artist to do while safe at home! Maggie Higgins, our Education & Outreach Coordinator, will bring you videos accompanied by written lesson plans to help parents deliver creative learning experiences for their children. The lessons are free to view and download, donations gratefully accepted! Thank you & happy art-making!”

Glass Art Society Video: Jacci Delaney: Experimental Casting: Putting Plaster and Silica on Anything

The Glass Art Society Virtual Conference, which took place last month has recently published one of their videos of their conference talks. Jacci Delaney is explaining and demonstrating how to make molds with unusual objects like teddy bears, steel, plastics, and bubble wrap. Plaster/Silica will be poured on a small teddy bear and the fun is getting the teddy bear out of the mold. 

American Craft Forum: Craft Thinking Part 1 — CRAFT FOR CARE AND WELL BEING

The #AmericanCraftForum returns for a second free series, this time ready to turn up the volume and amplify the varied ways diverse craft communities step up and put artists to work. In last month’s series, we heard our communities were hurting and provided avenues for relief. Now we turn to designing the road ahead.

CreatedHere #TheNewRegular Takeover Series — Kaitlin Hoyt–e2jg_a/

“Introducing #TheNewRegular Stories Takeover Series – Psyche Edition ⬇️ Our first guest is wildlife illustrator, @kaitlinhoyt 🌿 Take a moment to slow down with Kaitlin as she takes us on a walk to find inspiration in Odell Park. Check out her thoughts on acceptance & her article ‘The Art Of Letting Go’, found in Issue 11 – Psyche.”

CreatedHere #TheNewRegular Takeover Series — Sean Bourque

“#TheNewRegular | Stories Takeover Series ft. ⬇️ Leave a comment below and let Sean know what you though of the last 365 days of his artistic journey. Sean encourages all curious minds to reach out and ask questions – don’t forget to tag him!”

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Digital Tour with John Leroux : Philip Iverson, The Face

Learn more about this sculptural work by Philip Iverson with John Leroux!

Alberta Craft Council’s Craft Studio Stories

Inspired by actions that could bring us closer together, Craft Studio Stories lets you in behind the scenes at the studios and creative spaces of Alberta Craft artists!

Canadian Crafts Federation #10DigitTech Recaps!

The CCF/FCMA is continuing to roll out digital presentations from our 10 Digit Technology; Understanding Virtual & Material Realities conference, sharing the insight, vision and expertise of craft, art, gaming, storytelling and design leaders from across the country. Recorded at the Remai Gallery in Saskatoon on March 7th, 2020, these talks explore how tactile culture and digital culture collide.

TED TALK: It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next — Talk with Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on how to stay present, accept grief when it comes and trust in the strength of the human spirit. “Resilience is our shared genetic inheritance,” she says. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded April 2, 2020)

Enjoy the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Collection and Programs at Home!

From light reading, video and fun activities to do with the kids, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has provided an excellent of activities for you to enjoy.

Sunbury Shores Art Attack Series

Angela of Sunbury Shores has invited artists to participate in a Zoom Interview to get to to know them and their work!

Copper Plate Etching: Making a Print with Bob Morouney

Check out Sunbury Shores’ recent video featuring Bob Morouney of Hidden House Pottery and Press! He is a printmaker who shares his studio business with his wife, Rachel. Morouney recently did an artist residency at Sunbury Shores, and in this video, he walks us through his printing process.

Alberta Craft Council Craft Studio Series

Inspired by online projects that could bring artists and audiences closer together, Craft Studio Stories is a series of artist-made virtual tours exploring the creative spaces of Alberta craft artists. These “behind-the-scenes” tours are now showing via Alberta Craft Council’s Instagram TV and new videos are released weekly.

Coffee & Crafts — Needle Felting an Ewok!

Join Nichole, NBCCD’s Student Life Coordinator on a needle felting adventure in creating a cute Ewok (from Star Wars) character.

ART21 Online Documentary Collection

Looking for binge worthy creative content? Art 21‘s massive documentary library will keep you busy.

Digital tour: Warhol at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery ***JUST ADDED***

What do Wayne Gretzky, Andy Warhol, and the Beaverbrook have in common? Find out in this week’s Digital Tour with John Leroux! Video is available in both English and French.

CBC Arts: COVID Residencies Documentary Series  ***JUST ADDED***

Check out CBC Arts mini-doc series that showcases national creative talent how they are coping with COVID-19 restrictions and stress, forcing them to adapt.

Activities / Workshops

Strathmore Art: Free Online Workshops

Strathmore is releasing wonderful workshops for artists to participate in. Currently there’s a portrait series and a watercolour workshop. Go check it out!

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Craft Activities: Make a Spring Flag

Spring is in the air! Check out this fun flag making activity for your kids! Required materials: crayons or markers, scissors, paper, glue or tape, string.

eCourse: Designing Websites for Artists

Are you an artist or arts administrator in need of a website but you’re not a coder? Sign up for this self-directed online course to learn how to properly plan your artist site. Creative Manitoba Members $25 and $50 for non-members.


FREE: Online Photography Course: Master your camera and go from beginner to pro in 4 weeks

If you want to make your photographs stand out, then you must learn the basics from the pros. Enrol in Shaw Academy’s Online Photography Course that will walk you through the fundamentals of photography. You will master the skill of working with your camera, understand how to get the most from your lens and how to perfect your exposure for the quintessential romantic sunset shot.

Connexion ARC Crit Sesh – Isolation Edition

Connexion ARC is launching another block of dates in our series of Crit Nights, this time in virtual space. Critique sessions are intended to keep our artists connected in this time of physical distancing, whether you’re working on your professional practice or just making things to pass the time. They welcome artists at any stage in their career to network with fellow artists, practice delivering constructive criticism to others, and contextualize their work as a valuable contribution to the community – or just ask for support & encouragement.

Painting and Drawing Portraits: An Online Course

The Ville Cooperative is hosting more weekly drawing courses for May. Every Tuesday, this month, Cora Wooley will be hosting an online workshop that will give you the tools to paint and draw accurate, life-like, and creative portraits. Cost: $20 or by donation

Time: Tuesdays, 11:00am–12:30pm, May 12th – June 2nd

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design Colouring Book NOW available

NBCCD’s Free Colouring Book (filled with illustrations from NBCCD students, faculty & alumni) is now offered in a printed version. To receive one of the limited copies, fill out this form with your complete mailing address: If you are able to print at home, you can still grab your copy at

Alone Together Residency by New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

In this time of crisis, the Alone Together residency is meant to be a chance to focus your creative energy and a source of comfort. There is no application process, no mandatory check-ins, and it doesn’t cost you a thing to participate.

Mend It – Weds., 7:30pm ET

Toronto-based designer Emily Nichole Neil hosts virtual workshops where people can get better with hand sewing, mending garments and socializing!

Gardiner Museum Ceramics Colouring Pages

Toronto-based ceramic museum has released a wonderful collection of colouring sheets of some of their ceramic collections!

Read / Books

Arabella – Kaleidoscope, Collection 1 –– A visual treat for the eyes

Flip through the pages of KALEIDOSCOPE, Collection 1 from the comfort of your own home. Get lost in the mesmerizing master works of art from over 40 artists. We’re ecstatic to note that two of our amazing Juried Members are featured: Alanna Baird and Monique Bujold-Brown!

Enjoy the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Collection and Programs at Home!

From light reading, video and fun activities to do with the kids, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has provided an excellent of activities for you to enjoy.

10 tips for cultivating creativity in your kids

Check out these helpful tips on creating the best environment for your kids’ imagination to grow and flourish!

Virtual Exhibitions

NBCCD 2nd Year Photography Students Online Exhibition: “Pigment of your Imagination”

“An exhibition of work by the second year photography students from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. On display is the work of Blake Baxter, Kayla Dormer, Gabrielle Gionet, Korry Hill, and Katherine Murray.”

Fredericton Society of Artists: Annual Spring Exhibition

“The Fredericton Society of Artists has held its Annual Spring Exhibition since 1949 and, this year, we are very pleased and excited to welcome you to an online showcase of our work. We are eager to share our paintings with you and hope you enjoy them and that you will check out the profiles of each of our artists.”

Centre for Craft NS: Online Exhibition CODEX II by Tina Struthers (Mary E. Black Gallery)

Tina Struthers is a Quebec based Canadian textile artist born in Cape Town, South Africa. Her solo exhibition Codex II is installed in the Mary E Black Gallery and launches online May 21 through to July 12. The collection of works in Codex II cast alien silhouettes with textured tendrils reaching from soft, stuffed sculptures. 

CreatedHere: Garry Sanipass | Masks | Virtual Exhibition

His article, “The Journey from Left to Right,” is a compelling first-person narrative of the ceremonial experience of the Sun Dance ceremony. It is an accompaniment to his collection Masks, which was first exhibited at la galerie d’art Marie Hélène Allain in Bouctouche, NB..

Owens Art Gallery: U PICK Exhibition

Mt. Allison University’s own Owen Art Gallery has two great online exhibitions for you to check out.  “Each month a friend of the Owens is invited to select a work or two, or sometimes three from the Owens’ collection. These community members, students, staff and faculty share their own perspectives and connections to works that they pick and to the collection overall. These videos are part of an ongoing series of community curated exhibitions.”

Owens Art Gallery: All Things Useful and Artistic Virtual Exhibition Companion

This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

Gallery on Queen : “Momentum” Digital Exhibition featuring Jared Betts

Gallery On Queen is pleased to announce “Momentum,” a solo digital exhibition featuring Jared Betts. We are currently living in uncertain times. Our doors may be closed during this pandemic but art will persevere and continue to unite us. “Momentum” is an experimental new show being released through Facebook to keep the love of art alive in our community and beyond.

Gallery 78: Amber Leger “Values in Gold” (April 24-May 17th)

One of Gallery 78’s latest online exhibitions features the work of Amber Leger. Born in 1971, Amber Leger is a native of the Acadian community from eastern New Brunswick where she maintains her home and art practice. 


Gallery 78: Group Exhibition “Natural Perspectives” (April 24-May 17th) 

One of Gallery 78’s latest online exhibitions features the work of: Matthew Collins, Jason Nugent, Steven Rhude, Réjean Roy, Raymond Martin, Peter DiGesu, David McKay, Tomo Ingalls, RFM McInnis, Dawn MacNutt, Danielle Hogan, Peter Salmon and James Wilson.

Gallery 78:  Marjory Donaldson – A Retrospective Exhibition (Virtual Tour!)

Show local galleries some love! Gallery 78 is but one of the amazing galleries located in the heart of downtown Fredericton. Check out their page for photos and a virtual tour of one of their current exhibitions!

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Audio / Podcasts

LISTEN NOW: Citizens of Craft Podcast Seasons 1 & 2!

This series, hosted by Canadian Crafts Federation Director, Maegen Black, brings together the voices of craft artists, curators, educators and collectors who speak off the cuff about craft practice and its role in their lives. These guest speakers are, truly, the “Citizens of Craft”. They are masters in their own right, chasing techniques that have been in use for thousands of years, or exploring new technologies that have just begun to push the boundaries of art.