The Sweetest Little Thing 2021

The Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre present:

The Sweetest Little Thing
Online Art Auction & Virtual Variety Show
Followed by a Zoom Dance Party with Graeme Patterson

Valentine’s Day
Sunday, 14 February 2021 @ 8:00 PM (AST)
Zoom/Facebook Live

Start bidding today on artworks donated by artists from across the country and beyond!

Patrick Allaby, Maeve B, Bruce Barber, Emma Bass, Jennifer Bélanger, Rémi Belliveau, Chris Boyne, Adam David Brown, Paul Butler, Braden Chetwynd, Melanie Colosimo, Clara Congdon, Kaeli Cook, Marissa Sean Cruz, Laika (Pollock) Dadoun, Andrea deBruijn, Emma Delaney, Tonia Di Risio, Linda Rae Dornan, Chris Down, Erik Edson, Michael Fernandes, Izzy Francolini, Leah Garnett, Dawn George, Daisy Graham, Hailey Guzik, Keeley Haftner, John Haney, Lacey Decker Hawthorne, Keagan Hawthorne, Kathleen Hearn, Paul Henderson, Danielle Hogan, kip jones, Adriana Kuiper, Kristiina Lahde, Micah Lexier & Jon Sasaki, Kamaya Lindquist, Susan Lindsay, Jennifer Macklem, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Claudia B. Manley (Shake-n-Make), Deborah Margo, John McEwen, Alana Morouney, Mitch Morris, Melissa Morris, Andrea Mortson, John Murchie, Roula Partheniou, Graeme Patterson, Liss Platt, Donna Rawlins Sharpe, Kerri Reid, Jerry Ropson, Jamie Ross, Barbara Safran de Niverville, Breanna Shanahan, Emily Shaw, London Silver, Dan Smeby, Suzie Smith, Karen Stentaford, Derek Sullivan, Angela Thibodeau, Diana Thorneycroft, Anna Torma, Karen Trask, Elizabeth Vanderleelie, Indu Varma, Laura Watson, Donna Wawzonek, Marita Webb, Tara K Wells, Larry Weyand, Elizabeth Whalley, Mitchell Wiebe, D’Arcy Wilson, Istvan Zsako, and more!

Since Valentine’s Day 1999, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and the Owens Art Gallery have worked together to present The Sweetest Little Thing, a beloved annual fundraiser and community event. This February 14, 2021, marks the twenty-second iteration of The Sweetest Little Thing, and, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it promises to be like no other.

This year’s auction will take place online with an exciting live Zoom event before the bidding closes. Emceed by Geordie Miller and Tori Weldon, this event will feature performances from Julie Doiron, Klarka Weinwurm, Steve Lambke, The Queer Mummer, and special guest appearances from local artists and community members such as Jerry Ropson and Izzy Francolini—plus a few other surprises for good measure!

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event support ongoing programming at the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.

Register for the Virtual Variety Show Zoom
You can also tune in on Facebook Live:
Live automatic captioning will be available during the Virtual Variety Show.

Register for the Sweetest Little Zoom Dance Party hosted by Graeme Patterson

Share photos of your favourite Sweetest Little Thing memories, your 2021 outfits, and the works you are most excited to bid on by tagging us @OwensArtGallery and @StrutsGallery or use the hashtag #SweetestLittleThing. Follow these tags to see what others are wearing, sharing, and loving.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for behind-the-scenes access, live virtual event updates, and to share The Sweetest Little Thing love from near or far.

If you want to relive The Sweetest Little Thing memories, these videos capture the fun of the night from years past: You can also listen to past Sweetest Little Thing Jingles on SoundCloud.

Virtual Variety Show direction by Matt Tunnacliffe


Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street Sackville, NB, E4L 1E1 • 506-364-2574
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Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre are currently closed to the public.

We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of this land. Mount Allison University, the Owens Art Gallery, and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre are built upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi’kmaq). This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which the L’nuk, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Images (top): All images are details from larger works. Top row (left to right): Rémi Belliveau, Bulliard’s Evangeline Cut Stringless Green Beans Newspaper Cutting, Teche News, 2020; Dawn George, Strawberry from Anthology for Fruits and Vegetables, 2020; Suzie Smith, 2020, 2020 (collage)/2012 (prints); Melanie Colosimo, Life Line, 2021; Kerri Reid, Bernie with Mitts, 2021; D’Arcy Wilson, Gush (Study), 2020.

Image (middle): The Sweetest Little Thing graphic and poster design by Hannah Bridger