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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, or by email (execdirgen@artsnb.ca).

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, or by email (gtoole@artsnb.ca).

Claire Shiplett, Program Officer

Claire Shiplett is a writer, photographer and performance artist born in Saskatchewan and raised in Minnesota. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and studied fine art media at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK. Prior to working at artsnb, Claire worked as Project Manager for the New Brunswick Crafts Council and as a graphic designer. She writes short fiction, children’s literature and critical essays about art. The arts have played a crucial role throughout Claire’s life in shaping her understanding of herself and the world around her. You can contact Claire at (506) 440-0037, or by email (claire@artsnb.ca).

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). Contact Mariah at (506) 259-9776, or by email (mariah@artsnb.ca).

Corrina Merasty-Gallant, Workshop Facilitator

Corrina is a proud Cree first nation woman from Leaf Rapids, a small experimental town in Northern Manitoba. When Corrina was 11 years old her family moved to New Brunswick in 1989, where she discovered her talent as a sketch artist in junior high, which fueled her desire to have a future in the arts. Her talents and creativity were nurtured by her exploration of various mediums, carving, photography, painting, including beadwork, and the rare art of traditional birch bark biting. Corrina’s interests and passion for the arts led her toward a career in graphic design and new media. In 1998, she received her diploma in Multimedia Communications from BKM Research and Development and she also holds a diploma in ICT/Mobile Application Development from CCNB in 2014. Before joining artsnb, Corrina worked as a Digital Literacy Workshop Facilitator & Instructor for the Joint Economic Development Initiative, which allowed her to work within First Nation communities in New Brunswick. You can contact her at (506) 238-4071, or by email (corrina@artsnb.ca).

Tilly Jackson, Executive Assistant

Tilly Jackson is a recent UNB graduate with a BA in English Literature (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, having worked with many local theatre companies as actor, director, playwright and arts administrator. When she’s not working or in rehearsal, she can usually be found knitting, cuddling cats, or with her nose in a good book. You can contact her at (506) 478-4422, or by email (tjackson@artsnb.ca).