The Permanent Collection

The Grand Manan Art Gallery is committed to enriching our art history through the acquisition of works for our Permanent Collection, primarily by island artists and others who depict Grand Manan and the Fundy region, our people, and our maritime traditions.

Selections from the collection are on display throughout the season, and visitors enjoy this gallery and appreciate its sentimental and historic significance.

We always welcome the donation of artwork for the Collection. We have received gifts from individuals and estate collections, and many works have been donated by exhibiting artists. We gratefully acknowledge donations to our Permanent Collection by Aleda O’Connor, Ann Chudleigh, Audrey Agrusti, Barry Coombs, Betty Sveinson, Bill Schwarz, Carmen Roberts, Charles Savedoff, Clarence Goguan, Dana O’Regan, Darlene Marie Foster, David Ogilvie, Donna Burgess, Doris Anne Holman, Elaine Maker, Eleanor Russell, Helen Charters, Janet Ingersoll, Jaune Evans, Jennifer Hinrichs, Judy Ingalls, Junior Green, Karl and Jacqueline Epper, Katherine Seiden, Kelly Ross, Larry Vanier, Leda Arensberg, Lisa Presley, Mabel Bonnar, Mariah Sadler, Michael Steinhauser, Peter Cunningham, Rosette Schureman, Thisbe Schenk, Wade Reppert, and Wendy Dathan, and the Estates of Rowell Bowles, Kay Tatton, Marjorie Small, and Richard Harvey.

In 2021 we purchased Kelley Joyce-Floyd’s The Last Sunset for our Permanent Collection. Kelley’s painting very effectively portrays the plight of the Right Whale, and we are delighted to have it as part of our Collection.

The North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Many species of whales enter the Bay of Fundy during the summer. They use the area as a feeding ground, and by mid-July, even a few rare Right Whales can usually be found in the Bay.

Right Whales were the favourite target of the New England whalers who said they were the “right” ones to hunt. Unfortunately, these docile, slow-moving animals are now among the most endangered whales in the world.

When Right Whales migrate between their feeding grounds in the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of St. Lawrence and Labrador Sea, and their winter calving areas off the coast of Georgia and Florida, they pass through fishing areas with heavy shipping traffic. Consequently, the greatest danger to Right Whales are injuries from ship strikes, and entanglement in fishing gear such as groundfish nets and ropes attached to lobster traps. It is estimated that more than 80% of all North Atlantic Right Whales have experienced at least one fishing gear entanglement.

Although these magnificent animals are protected under both Canadian and American legislation, there are only about 400 left in the western North Atlantic. If the current rate of mortality continues, this species will become extinct within the next 20 years.