At the age of 32 years, Janet Crawford started organizing art exhibitions in her hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick. In the beginning these exhibitions were housed in a small restaurant on the edge of town. This arrangement was perfect as Janet was very much involved in raising two children – both under the age of 3 years old. That was in 1984. By 1985 the gallery had a name and a mission. Fog Forest Gallery would be dedicated to the exhibition and sale of original artworks by Canadian artists and artisans.
Since that time, the Gallery has developed into one of the finest small private galleries in Atlantic Canada. Original artworks by painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and artisans are presented year round in monthly solo, group or themed exhibitions.
“Asking questions, being introduced to the artist and discovering some of the technical aspects of creating art are essential to the learning process. I like to be a part of that process so I encourage visitors to ask questions and engage.”Janet Crawford, Owner
The exhibition space is designed with a clean and uncluttered approach. The large sunfilled windows and hardwood floors assist in allowing the space to breath and the artwork to be appreciated with respect. Above all, Fog Forest Gallery is a friendly place to visit where questions and discussions are encouraged.
Janet Crawford welcomes every visitor. “Asking questions, being introduced to the artist and discovering some of the technical aspects of creating art are essential to the learning process. I like to be a part of that process.”
The Gallery is open all year round with exhibitions changing every 3–5 weeks. Regular hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am–5 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm or by appointment. The Gallery is operated by one person and is sometimes closed due to meetings, working off site or running errands. Please, if possible, call ahead to ensure that someone will be here when you arrive.
Establishing Fog Forest Gallery in the heart of an arts community like Sackville was not accidental. Sackville is a beautiful historic town nestled on the edge of the world famous Tantramar Marshes at the head of the Bay of Fundy and is home to Mount Allison University.
Drop in...it will be time well spent.
The name Fog Forest was taken from an article which first appeared in the Canadian Geographic magazine. Mike Rosen, a park interpreter with Parks Canada, described the area surrounding the Bay of Fundy as a fog forest. The climate, along with the additional moisture created by the fog, encourage very special plants to flourish. Even in this difficult and challenging environment, these beautiful and rare plants thrive.