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The Sweetest Little Thing Art Auction

The Sweetest Little Thing
February 2020
09:00 AM AST
February 2020
03:07 PM AST

The Sweetest Little Thing Art Auction

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

Pre-event bidding for The Sweetest Little Thing Art Auction will end on Friday, 28 February at 3:00 pm AST. The online auction will transition to a live event that begins Friday, 28 February at 7:30 pm.

Unable to attend the live event? Proxy bids placed in the online auction will be carried forward to the live auction where we will bid on your behalf in $10 increments up to your maximum bid. You have until 3:00 pm AST on Friday, 28 February to enter proxy bids in the online auction.

What is a Proxy Bid? A proxy bid allows you to enter the maximum amount you are willing to spend, so we can bid for you up to that amount. For example, if an item is currently selling for $20, and you enter a proxy bid of $50, we will bid for you in $10 increments until the selling price goes over $50. At that point, you will be outbid and someone else will be the leading bidder. You will never owe more than your maximum proxy bid amount.

If you would like to place a proxy bid, but do not wish to register for a 32auctions account, please contact us by email at

Auction Timeline
14 February, 9:00 am*: Online bidding begins.
28 February, 3:00 pm: Online bidding ends. Leading online high bids become opening bids at the live auction. All proxy bids, whether online or in person, must be received by this time.
28 February, 7:30 pm: Live auction begins. Proxy bids are carried out against live bids.
29 February: Winning Proxy Bidders are notified.

*All times are Atlantic Standard Time (AST)

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

About The Sweetest Little Thing

This year, The Sweetest Little Thing will once again take place entirely online, with an online auction accompanied by a Virtual Variety Show featuring musical performances from Wolf Castle, Shotgun Jimmie, Keeper E., Colleen (Coco) Collins and appearances from artists, community members, and friends of the Owens, including Melanie Colosimo, Wit López, Emily Critch, Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux—plus a few other surprises for good measure!

This year’s musical performances are sponsored by Sappyfest, and Sackville residents are invited to buy raffle tickets for an epic cake donated by Cranewood on Main Bakery and Café.

Emceed by Geordie Miller and Tori Weldon, and directed by Matt Tunnacliffe, SLT 2022 promises to be just as warm and fuzzy as last year’s event.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of local, national, and internationally recognized artists who have established connections with our galleries and who are part of our community.

Virtual Variety Show and Sweetest Little Zoom Dance Party
Monday, 14 February 2022 @ 8:00 PM (AST)

Virtual Variety Show
8:00-10:00 pm AST
Register at
You can also tune in on Facebook Live:
Live automatic captioning will be available during the Virtual Variety Show.

Sweetest Little Zoom Dance Party hosted by Graeme Patterson
10:00-11:00 pm AST
Register to receive a Zoom link at

Share photos of your favourite Sweetest Little Thing memories, your 2022 outfits, and the works you are most excited to bid on by tagging us @OwensArtGallery or using the hashtag #SweetestLittleThing. Follow these tags to see what others are wearing, sharing, and loving.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter 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 at

2022 Sweetest Little Thing graphic and poster design by Madeleine Hansen

Owens Art Gallery:
Struts Gallery:

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Live Event Information

Friday, 28 February 2020, 7:30 pm
Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick

Tickets $5
Available in advance at the Owens Art Gallery, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, and Thunder & Lightning. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for behind-the-scenes access and live event updates:

If you've never been to The Sweetest Little Thing, or you want to relive the memories, these videos capture the fun of the night: