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Art Exhibit

Sonya Mahnic

January - February 2019

Sonya Mahnic spent her formative years in Lethbridge, Alberta. From a young age, she was known for her artistic ability, but feeling the expectations to get a "real" job, played it safe and took business courses at the local community college. Armed with a business diploma, she left for Calgary, where she worked for several years before returning to school to pursue a career as an artist.

Shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Calgary in 1991 with a double major in drawing and printmaking (lithography), her partner Mark got the chance to transfer to his home town and they left for Saint John. Once there, Sonya worked while setting up a studio. In the mid- 90s, Sonya and Mark decided to start a family, which then took priority, but Sonya was still able to develop her art. She has participated in group and solo shows and sold her work at various venues in Saint John (ABEC, Imperial Theatre, Handworks, The Space, Trinity Galleries) and Calgary and is currently with Citadel Gallery in Saint John and Gallery 78 in Fredericton. She lives in Rothesay and has a studio in downtown Saint John.

She has had many private commissions over the years, and is especially known for her portrait work and nudes.


Artist Submissions


Imperial Theatre Exhibition Committee (ITEC) has brought work from area artists to the patrons of Imperial Theatre and the Saint John arts community since 1994. With the number of live performances at the Theatre, exposure for exhibits is high, focused to an audience knowledgeable in art, as well as newcomers to visual art. During the summer months tourist traffic flows through the exhibition space during guided tours of the facility.

The exhibition space, located in the lobbies of Imperial Theatre, has space for a large collection. Exhibits must be comprised of a minimum of 15 pieces. With medium-sized pieces, (roughly 30” X 30”) more than twenty pieces can be accommodated.

The exhibitions operate on a rotating basis where each exhibit enjoys a term of roughly two months. Additionally, our website has a page dedicated to the ITEC displays, featuring an image of some of the art pieces, facilitating further exposure of the work.

ITEC receives, on an ongoing basis, proposals from artists to display their works. Each proposal is reviewed by ITEC, and considered for display.

For more information on submitting an exhibit proposal, please download the documents below. If you have further questions about ITEC, contact Imperial Theatre at (506) 674-4111 or e-mail:


ITEC Explained- guidelines & proposals

Exhibit Wall Space Guide

ITEC Application Form

ITEC Apllication Form FILLABLE

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