The Sweetest Little Thing 2022


All images are details from larger works. Top row (left to right): Roula Partheniou, Super Surprise, 2022; Peter Flemming, Sour Bodies and Low Places, 2019-2022; Clara Congdon, The Rest, 2022. Bottom row (left to right): Angela Thibodeau, Train Bridge over the Tantramar River, 2022; Kaeli Cook, Spider Mum, 2021; Chris Foster, Convoy Green, n.d.

The Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery present:

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

Valentine’s Day
Monday, 14 February 2022 @ 8:00 PM (AST)
Zoom/Facebook Live

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

Patrick Allaby, Gisele Amantea, Isabel Ardito Lebo, Bruce Barber, Jennifer Bélanger, Elisabeth Belliveau, Rémi Belliveau and Jason Leblanc, Roch Bourque, Shary Boyle, Chris Boyne, Hannah Bridger, Katie Marie Bruce, Braden Chetwynd, Lenka Clayton, Melanie Colosimo, Clara Congdon, Kaeli Cook, Lacey Decker Hawthorne, Tonia Di Risio, Mario Doucette, Chris Down, Alexandrya Eaton, Erik Edson, Benjamin Evans, Libbie Farrell, Michael Fernandes, Peter Flemming, Chris Foster, Annie France Noel, Izzy Francolini, Dawn George, Shamus Griffith, Keeley Haftner, John Haney, Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Ashley Hemmings, Paul Henderson, Thu Ho, Yoko Homareda, Barb Hunt, Thea Jones, Lucy Koshan, Hello Kirsten, Selina Latour, Sophia Lawrence, Mathieu Léger, Madeleine Leonne Hansen, Susan Lindsay, Nora Livesey, Barbara Lounder, Robyn Love, Deborah Margo, Elijah Marr, Maddy Mayo, CL McLaughlin, Kevin Melanson, Hazel Meyer, Lucas Morneau, Melissa Morris, Mitch Morris, John Murchie, Christiana Myers, Kristin Nelson, Sharon Owttrim-Fraser, Jess Paget, Roula Partheniou, Graeme Patterson, Sylvia Ptak, Linda Rae Dornan, Donna Rawlins Sharpe, Kerri Reid, Dani ReStack, Arianna Richardson, Bayonne Rongen, Jerry Ropson, Vicky Sabourin, Seth Scriver, Monique Silver, Yvonne Singer, Ryan Statz, Dan Steeves, Angela Thibodeau, Diana Thorneycroft, Anna Torma, Karen Trask, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Elizabeth Vanderleelie, Indu Varma, Laura Watson, Mitchell Weibe, Tara Wells, Julie Whitenect, D’Arcy Wilson, Nic Wilson, Istvan Zsako, and more!

Since Valentine’s Day 1999, Struts Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery have worked together to present The Sweetest Little Thing, a beloved annual fundraiser and community event.

This year, The Sweetest Little Thing will once again take place entirely online, with an online auction accompanied by a Virtual Variety Show featuring musical performances from Wolf Castle, Shotgun Jimmie, Keeper E., Colleen (Coco) Collins and appearances from artists, community members, and friends of the Owens, including Melanie Colosimo, Wit López, Emily Critch, Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux—plus a few other surprises for good measure! This year’s musical performances are sponsored by Sappyfest, and Sackville residents are invited to buy raffle tickets for an epic cake donated by Cranewood on Main Bakery and Café. Emceed by Geordie Miller and Tori Weldon, and directed by Matt Tunnacliffe, SLT 2022 promises to be just as warm and fuzzy as last year’s event. As you look forward to seeing your Sackville friends, take a moment to listen to the 2022 Sweetest Little Thing Jingle, written by Shotgun Jimmie and featuring Chad Vangaalen and Julie Doiron, and let Madeleine Hansen’s graphics and poster design put you in the mood to dress up!

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event support ongoing programming at the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of local, national, and internationally recognized artists who have established connections with our galleries and who are part of our community.


Sweetest Little Thing 2022 graphics and poster design by Madeleine Hansen

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 2022 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 Sound Cloud.

We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of the land on which we live. It is upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) that the Owens Art Gallery is located. While this area is known as Sackville, New Brunswick, it is part of Siknikt, a district of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. 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 1725. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on this land.


Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street Sackville, NB, E4L 1E1 • 506-364-2574

Struts Gallery
7 Lorne Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 3Z6 • 506-536-1211