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The Sweetest Little Thing Fundraising Art Auction

The Sweetest Little Thing
February 2023
09:00 AM AST
February 2023
10:13 PM AST

The Sweetest Little Thing Fundraising Art Auction

The Sweetest Little Thing is the most important annual fundraising event for the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery in Sackville, NB. Every dollar raised goes directly to supporting programming at both galleries.

This year, bidding will take place entirely online. Artworks will be available to preview in-person 7 - 14 February at the Owens.

Bidding ends on Tuesday, 14 February at 10:00 pm AST.

There are two ways to bid:
1. Enter an Exact Bid
2. Enter a Proxy Bid

What is a Proxy Bid? A proxy bid allows you to enter the maximum amount you're willing to spend with the goal of winning the item at the lowest possible price. The system will bid for you, up to your maximum proxy bid amount, as additional bids are entered on the item.

Good to know: If an item receives a bid during the final 3 minutes of the auction, the item end time will be extended to allow for 3 additional minutes of bidding. This process repeats until no new bids are received during the final 3 minutes of the item bidding window or the auction has been extended for a maximum of 30 minutes beyond the original 10:00 pm end time.

All winning bidders will receive a notification from 32auctions immediately following the auction.

By participating in this auction, you agree to let the Owens and Struts contact you occasionally by email.

About The Sweetest Little Thing

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Sweetest Little Thing live and in-person! We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Owens this Valentine’s Day to celebrate art and community. At the heart of this event is a silent auction featuring artworks donated by local, regional, and national artists. For the first time in two years, artworks will be on view in the Owens’ second-floor gallery.

This year’s event will be a little different than before the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is sure to feel as warm and fuzzy as always. You can expect a chance to gather in your fanciest dress, to snap a photo at the Instant Lovin’ Photo Booth, and partake in some dancing. We’ll have outdoor refreshments of hot chocolate and apple cider served by Mount Allison’s Flame snack cart.

Valentine's Day
Tuesday 14 February @ 7:00 PM
Owens Art Gallery
Admission to the event is by donation. Capacity is limited.

Masks continue to be mandatory at the Owens and Struts and in all buildings at Mount Allison University. We will have extra special pink, magenta, and red KN95 masks to keep us looking festive. Available for free in both child and adult sizes.

Share photos of your favourite Sweetest Little Thing memories, your 2023 outfits, and the works you are most excited to bid on by tagging us @OwensArtGallery and @StrutsGallery, or use the hashtag #SweetestLittleThing. Follow these tags to see what others are wearing, sharing, and loving.

Follow us on social media for behind-the-scenes access, live virtual event updates, and to share The Sweetest Little Thing love from near or far:

If you want to relive The Sweetest Little Thing memories, these videos capture the fun of the night from years past: Or listen to past Sweetest Little Thing Jingles on

2023 Sweetest Little Thing graphics by Izzy Francollini

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Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre:

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