Our Founder & Our Team

The concept for NN Arts was born during conversations between Connie Canby and Janice Jones on how to bring more art, artists, and art-related activities to the area. Connie is a long-time friend and teacher for Two Rivers Art Workshops, Janice’s business, but we realized we needed a third person to round out our vision.  As Janice had been working with Celeste Johnston on establishing another art organization, they knew she would be the perfect third person.  We started building on our experiences and moved onward from there. 

Janice brings her expertise as an art student and as a workshop coordinator.  When she started taking art classes, later in life, we usually had to introduce ourselves and give a brief history of our art journey.  The recurring comment was, “I had always wanted to paint but was told that you couldn’t make any money making art”.  This struck me as this was also my story.  Consequently, Two Rivers Art Workshops was born and brought well-known teachers to our area for five years. Now Two Rivers has grown into NN Arts and has “Arts for all”.

Celeste is an artist, a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, a teacher, a docent at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art as well as a multi-talented artist.  She is our Event Coordinator and will be designing, coordinating, planning, and scheduling a wide variety of classes to meet the needs of those wanting to learn and move forward.  She has many contacts in the art world and our variety of classes will continue to grow.  Celeste is also the Coordinator for our Plein Air Festival as well as many other special events that will be coming to our area.  She will also be one of the mentors helping artists move to the next level in their work.

Connie attended the Corcoran School of Art, Northern Virginia Community College, the Maryland School of Art and Design and has taught at many levels.  She was also the owner of the WideRiver Gallery in Colonial Beach which featured the art of very well-known artists.  She is one of the founding members of the Colonial Beach Artist’s Guild and the Art of the Colonial Beach Artist’s Alliance Gallery and is the Art Director of NN Arts.  Connie brings her business acumen as well as her many talents to NN Arts.  She will also be mentoring those who wish to take their art to the next level.

Not to be forgotten is our fearless web guru Deb Newman who has guided us through the process of designing a dynamic website and social media program.  She is our inspiration as well as a web guru, marketing genius, and much more.  We are indeed lucky to have her on our team.

We are very excited about NN Arts and we are all realizing our dreams to have more opportunities for artists in a variety of ways. 

NN Arts, with the help of Connie Canby and Celeste Johnston and our web/marketing guru Deb Newman, will be able to offer many more opportunities and will help far more people pursue their dreams whether it is to develop their skills or just to learn about art and the artists or just art in general.

Meet the Team


Janice Jones

 Founder The Arts Center of Montross

Connie Canby

Connie Canby

Art Director

Celeste Johnston.jpg

Celeste Johnston

Events Director


Deborah Newman

Web & Marketing Guru


Our Partners

Artists Alliance Colonial Beach
JART inc
Monroe Bay Winery