Join us for the 9th Annual Sweetest Little Thing on Valentine's Day, February 14th at 7:30pm. This annual fundraising event is co-hosted by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick at the heart of the heart of the Maritimes!

It is an evening's affair with games, music, raffles, a Cake Walk jamboree, and dancing. At the heart of the evening is an Art Auction. Our 200+ members and artists who have participated in exhibitions, residencies, festivals, and other events at the Owens or at Struts & Faucet are invited to contribute small scale works for the silent auction.

Artists from across Canada and beyond have responded with great generosity.

The Sweetest Little Thing will take place at the Owens Art Gallery. Mark your calendar, February 14th. It's the one Thursday evening in 2008 to be in Sackville.

We hope you can be here. If you cannot, you can bid on your favoured art works through our on-line bidding.

listen to this year's radio spot with an original jingle by Corey Isenor!

click to see some of the altered bears!

Deconstructing Hairy: Teddy Bear Altering Workshop

This year Amanda Fauteux is hosting a workshop for the coveted altered teddy bears that are won each year at The Sweetest Little Thing. If you need help, or just want some company and few snacks while you work, come down to Struts on Sunday, February 10, 1pm - 5pm. Bears and supplies provided!

Of course, you can deconstruct at home! Stuffed animals can be picked up anytime at the Owens Art Gallery during regular hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 5 pm
Tuesday Evening: 5 to 9 pm

Here is how the on-line bidding works:

1. The works are shown in the order they were received from the artists. Please browse through them. Check often as new works arrive regularly.
2. Click the "Bid" button on the artist's page under the work you would like to bid on. Fill out the form with your bid and hit 'submit'. (please note, this requires javascript, which is sometimes disabled in browsers. If you are having problems bidding, please contact us)
3. We will execute your bid at the auction and notify you by e-mail on Friday, February 15 as to the outcome.
4. Upon receipt of payment, we will ship the work to you.
5. Sorry. We are only able to accept checks. No credit cards!
6. And enjoy your new art work for many years to come!


Live onling bidding -- updated continuously -- will end on Thursday, February 14th at 5:00pm AST(Atlantic Standard Time). Our technology is just not yet sophisticated enough at this time to keep it going simultaneously through the auction at the Owens.

However, between 5:00 and 7:30 pm we can accept a MAXIMUM bid you would like to make on an artwork. You can e-mail us you maximum bid or use the online bidding form; everything received after 5:00pm will be considered a maximum bid. Our staff will execute that bid on your behalf during the course of The Sweetest Little Thing and obtain the work if possible at the lowest possible amount up to your maximum.

Please, if you have any questions or concerns, contact us. We want to make The Sweetest Little Thing a happy event for everyone!

This is the official notice that LIVE online bidding is now CLOSED!

The high bids will no longer be updated on the website. If you would still like to submit a MAXIMUM bid until 7pm to be executed during the evening by a proxy bidder, you can: e-mail us you maximum bid or use the online bidding form


Thank you to everyone who took part! Hope to see you all at the Owens tonight!


Good Luck!


Rebecca Burke (Sackville)
Two Giraffe

  Glendon McKinney (Fredericton)

  Terry Piercey (Dartmouth)
"Untitled" (flourescent composition)

  Micah Lexier (New York)
John Murchie made this.

  Choleena DiTullio (Sackville)
Ladybug in Flight

  Cathy Linfield (Berry Mills)
  Eric Walker (Ottawa)
Saint Mary's Boat Club in the Winter
  Mio Yamane (Sackville)
  Anna Torma (Baie Verte)
  Istvan Zsako (Baie Verte)
  Mario Doucette (Moncton)
"1755 (Curling III)"
  Roger Savage (Liverpool)
Rocks - a study
  Kay Burns (Calgary)
Toys from Elsewhere (an audio and visual archive of 7 toys from elsewhere)
  Garry Neill Kennedy (Halifax)