2022 saw the first installation of our Uptown Box Art project. The Traffic Box on Charlotte Street, in front of the City Market, was transformed into a vibrant visual art installation by local artist, Fabiola Martinez.
In spring 2023, the Business Improvement Association, Uptown Saint John Inc., transformed FOUR more traffic boxes in the Uptown BIA. Local artists painted a custom design, adding much valued and appreciated vibrancy to our community.
Read below for more information on our artists, the locations, and the official reveal celebration.
Uptown Box Art – Celebration
Uptown Box Art Celebration – May 27, 2023
- 2:10pm – 2:20pm – Elijah Arbeau, Piano Performance
- 2:20pm – 2:30pm – Angelina Sparks, Highland Dance Performance
- 2:30pm – 2:50pm – Rothesay Ballet, Ballet Dance Performance
- 3:00pm – 3:30pm – InterAction School, Music Performance
- 3:30pm – 4:00pm – Rothesay High School, Music Performance
- Artist: Fabiola Martinez Rodriguez
- Title of Art: “Integration”
- See more Information about this installation
- Artist: Sheryl Crowley
- Title of art: “We are one Life”
- Artist: Amy Ash
- Title of art: “What fills you with wonder?”
- Artist: Kelley Joyce-Floyd
- Title of art: “Fundy Daydream”
- Artist: Six Young Artists from:
De las Artes Art School (Side One) – Dominique Campbell, Sofia Babiuk, Maëlle Blanchard
St. Malachy’s High School (Side Two) – Molly Hawkes, Morgan Daley, Molly Sheehan
- Title of Art, Side One: “Floating in the Ocean”
Title of Art, Side Two: “Grá”
ART BANNERS ON PRINCE WILLIAM STREET
‘Art Banners on Prince William Street’ is another element of this project. In efforts to include our talented and valuable youth, Students from De las Artes Art School, Rothesay High School, and St. Malachy’s Memorial High School each painted a canvas with special meaning to them. These canvases will be transposed onto banners and will be installed on the historic Prince William Street Lamp Standards this summer.
Banner created by Avry Richards, De las Artes Art School
Titled: ‘My Table’
Banner created by Maddison Morrow, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Amber Bradley, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Laura Morrow, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Signe Enns, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Max Rice, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Mia Tracy, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
Banner created by Jadon Davis, De las Artes Art School
Titled: ‘ART Lanis’
Banner created by Jayda Murphy, De las Artes Art School
Banner created by Ethan Bonney, De las Artes Art School
Titled: ‘Spiritual Song’
Banner created by Iris Dickson, De las Artes Art School
Banner created by Sophie Lynne, Rothesay High School
Banner created by Quinn Quinn, Rothesay High School
Banner created by Gabriel Rivera, De las Artes Art School
Titled: ‘Out of this World’
Banner created by Samantha Bryson, Rothesay High School
Banner created by Ashley Watters, De las Artes Art School
Banner created by Sammy Mchugh, De las Artes Art School
Titled: ‘Buju, le chat, mi amigo’
Banner created by Gracie Thompson, Rothesay High School
Banner created by Evan Finley, Rothesay High School
Find all the fantastic Uptown Place-Making spots in our map below, organized by categories;
- Uptown General Place-Making
- Uptown Box Art Series
- Seasonal Place-Making
Uptown Box Art – Artist Bios
Title of Art – Integration
BIO – Fabiola Martinez, originally from Querétaro Mexico, is a professional artist with a degree in Architecture based in New Brunswick. Her artwork shows the beauty created when cultures blend together. Fabiola’s work has an international presence and has been exhibited in art centers, galleries, museums and public art installations. She is passionate about her community and art education. Fabi is the founder and owner of the De las Artes Art School, and serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Craft Federation representing New Brunswick.
Fabiola, a community planner and connector, served as the art coordinator for the 2022 Saint John Memorial Cup and is the art director for the 2023 Atlantic Day of the Dead Festival. She is a vibrant and passionate artist with many gifts to share and intends to assist in bringing community together and embracing cultural diversity. Fabiola has received several grants from the prestigious ArtsNB, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, and Cultural Heritage.
Title of Art – “What fills you with wonder?”
BIO – Amy Ash (she/they) is a queer, interdisciplinary artist engaged with collective care through process of shared meaning-making. Her practice flows from curatorial projects and writing to teaching socially en-gaged action and hands-on making. Across disciplines, they trace connectivity through intersections and overlaps between memory, learning, and wonder, to incite curiosity and kindle empathy.
Of white settler ancestry, they live in Menahquesk/Menagoesg/Saint John, New Brunswick, which sits on unceeded and unsurrendered lands that have been cared for by the Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkati, and Mi’kmaq Peoples since the very beginning.
Title of Art – “We are one Life”
BIO – Sheryl Crowley is a mosaicist and painter who creates works of art reflecting both the whimsical and contemplative aspects of the world surrounding her. Working since 2005, she has exhibited, taught and created within both the public and private spheres. Her mural installations may be found at the YMCA of Greater Saint John and the Imperial Theatre of Saint John, NB. Sheryl lives in Saint John, NB.
Sheryl is a Juried member of CraftNB and currently serves on their Board. She is also a professional member of both Canadian Artists Representation Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) and ArtsLinkNB.
Title of Art – “Fundy Daydream”
BIO – Kelley Joyce-Floyd is a visual artist based in Quispamsis NB. She has been focusing on her artistic career since 2015, mostly working with acrylics.
A lifelong student of the earth sciences, Kelley has spent countless hours exploring woodlands, ponds, fields and shorelines, collecting rocks, catching frogs and pressing flowers. She paints things she finds interesting, like bugs, birds and mermaids, and at the moment is especially inspired by the flora, fauna and landscapes of the Maritimes. Working with organic lines and saturated colour, Kelley infuses her natural subjects with generous dollops of magic and whimsy, merging fantasy and reality.
Her work has been shown at the Saint John Art Club Gallery, the Sunbury Shores in St Andrews and at the Grand Manan Art Gallery. Kelley took part in the Discover Saint John public art installation Salmon Run, and the Craft NB/Fundy National Park exhibition, Beneath the Surface. Kelley’s works are in private collections across Canada the US and Mexico.
Title of Art – Side One (De las Artes Art School)- “Floating in the Ocean”
Title of Art – Side Two (St. Malachy’s High School) – “Grá”