Drawn to beautiful things at a young age, Gary at the age of 16, apprenticed with the top designers of Graff. Four years later as a fully-fledged Master Goldsmith in hand fabrication, he opened his first custom shop in London, England, the town where he was born. This was the start of a life in high end jewellery design, service and entrepreneurship. At 24, Spicer moved to Canada with his family, where he serviced and subcontracted for Birks for all of Atlantic Canada.
The 1990’s oversaw the start of new jewellery businesses, including Spicer Smith, Diamond Realco, Just Silver and store at Sears Goldsmith. The 2000’s saw his brand include Britt’s restaurants and the Rockwood Park Golf Course. Gary has undertaken a new partnership with Shannon Merrifield to house a new jewellery store, fusing fine art, craft and jewellery together in the historical City Hall building in uptown Saint John. The gallery is representative of Gary’s passion to renovate and bring back to life historical Saint John properties.
When Gary isn’t managing his businesses, he can be found on the river paddle boarding, kayaking and salmon fishing. Gary is a proud father of two sons who also own jewellery stores.
Shannon Merrifield - Co-Founder
Shannon Merrifield is a potter, an arts entrepreneur and a committed arts advocate. Co-Owner of Spicer Merrifield Gallery, Shannon will bring her love of contemporary fine art, craft and New Brunswick to this exciting new venue. With over 19 years experience, she continues to promote and cultivate contemporary professional artists and craftspeople in Atlantic Canada. Merrifield is the previous owner/curator of Buckland Merrifield Gallery, Handworks Gallery, Saint John and Handworks, Rothesay NB.
Known as a community spokesperson for the arts and community builder - Merrifield's engagements includes Co-Founder of FUSION, past Chair of the New Brunswick Museum, past Chair of Saint John Gallery Association, and past board member Saint John Arts and Community Board, Craft NB and Chamber of Commerce Board. Mostly though, she is a mom to her two boys Felix and Finnian.
Newly accredited AJP (applied jewellery professional) from the GIA, Merrifield is excited curate fine jewellery and precious gems with partner, well known goldsmith Gary Spicer. Under her belt, Merrifield has been the recipient of numerous awards including: The Board of Trade Silver Award, the Uptown SJ Award and the Atlantic Craft Alliance Best Gallery Award.