Joss Richer, Interim Executive Director
Originally from Montreal, Joss and his family made Fredericton their home 20 years ago. A visual artist with a particular interest in drawing and sculpture, he has taught art to children, adults, and seniors for the University of New Brunswick and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and continues to teach drawing classes through the continuing education program at the NB College of Craft and Design. Joss has served on the board of Gallery Connexion as treasurer and chair of the selection committee, and has also chaired the exhibition committee at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Prior to joining artsnb, he worked for UNB for over 15 years, initially as webmaster, and more recently as manager of UNB Online. Joss holds a B.Sc. from the Université de Sherbrooke, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph. You can contact him at (506) 478-4610. Click here to send an email.
Greg Toole, Program Officer
Greg Toole was born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Quispamsis. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Marketing from UNB in 2011, which included a semester abroad in Austria, and then gained experience working as a digital expert in the commercial radio industry. He plays a couple instruments, loves music of all styles. and does his absolute best to take in the wide variety of artistic, musical, and cultural experiences in the province; from going to shows at the Playhouse and Capital Complex, to enjoying the variety offered by local festivals such as Harvest Jazz & Blues, Shifty Bits Circus, Sappyfest and Shivering Songs Festival. You can contact him at (506) 292-4696. Click here to send an email.
Mariah Sockabasin, Workshop Facilitator
Sockabasin’s roots are woven in Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. Raised with a strong heritage and deep love for nature, Mariah’s fascination with art began at a young age. The smell of sappy hands & fresh cut wood instilled a freedom for self-expression. After high school, Sockabasin spent a year abroad in Brazil, learning the Portuguese language and culture. Upon returning, Mariah enrolled into The New Brunswick College of Craft & Design where she completed her Foundation Visual Arts Certificate & obtained her Diploma in Fashion Design. As a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, raising the success and awareness of indigenous arts and culture is of utmost importance for Mariah. Through the art of fashion Sockabasin expresses her pride in her culture and the strength of The Wolastoqewiyik (People of the Beautiful River).
Tilly Jackson, Executive Assistant
Tilly Jackson is a recent UNB graduate with a BA in English Lit (Honours) and minors in both Drama and Chemistry. Before taking the position of Executive Assistant with artsnb, she worked with the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company helping to promote and produce original New Brunswick plays. Tilly is passionate about theatre, knitting, and good books. You can contact her at (506) 478-4422. Click here to send an email.
Alex Landine, Public Relations Intern
Alex Landine grew up in Fredericton, NB, where he is pursuing a BA with joint honours in History and Spanish at the University of New Brunswick. After graduation he hopes to spend a few years teaching English abroad, an avenue that will allow him to realize his dream of exploring new countries, learning new languages, and meeting new people. As a local photographer and musical theatre enthusiast, Alex is passionate about the arts and is closely connected with various groups of artists in Fredericton. You can usually find him studying at the library, planning his next photo shoot, having lunch with his grandparents, or admiring this beautiful city he is so grateful to call home. You can contact him at (506) 440-0037. Click here to send an email.