Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces New Summer Exhibitions

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces New Summer Exhibitions

Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 10, 2019 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces a slate of new exhibitions opening this June. An official opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 2:00 pm; everyone is invited to attend.

In addition to the previously-announced Studio Watch exhibition, three new exhibitions, Percy Sacobie – Wolastoqiyik Storyteller, Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted, and Karen Stentaford – The Process of Time, are currently on view for visitors to enjoy, ahead of their official opening. An additional exhibition, Contemporary Printmakers of New Brunswick – I, will be installed in the coming weeks.

Local artist Percy Sacobie is a multidisciplinary artist of the St. Mary’s First Nation, whose paintings are characterised by their bright colours and bold lines. His works in the exhibition Wolastoqiyik Storyteller are both autobiographical and historical, and respond to themes of nature, community, and storytelling.

“Percy’s work speaks to the notion of reinventing what it means to be Wolastoqiyik in our own terms,” says exhibition curator Emma Hassencahl-Perley. “His art helps us to understand the importance of connection to land, to all other forms of life, and to ourselves.”

Also curated by Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted, features selections of work from the Beaverbrook’s permanent collection. Ojibwa artist Carl Beam was a critical figure in recent First Nations art in Canada, and he was the first artist of Indigenous ancestry to have works purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art. He preferred modern techniques such as prints and photo-transfers to traditional methods, and would use these techniques to juxtapose symbols of personal significance with historical images. Of particular note the landmark Columbus Suite series by Carl Beam will be on display as part of this exhibition.

Karen Stentaford is an artist and educator living in Sackville, NB where she is the photography technician and lecturer at Mount Allison University’s Fine Arts department. Karen Stentaford – The Process of Time, is a survey exhibition presenting photographs from the past decade of Stentaford’s work – images that often employ alternative processes such as the vintage wet-plate collodion process. Her work investigates ideas of place, absence, and memory, and is influenced by the Newfoundland landscape of her childhood.

“The title of this exhibition, The Process of Time, is a perfectly apt one,” says John Leroux, the Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions. “Karen Stentaford’s carefully crafted photographs are all about time: her time spent connecting to specific places, time required for the ancient photographic processes, and the time viewers will spend in front of these almost magical images. She is an important artistic voice in New Brunswick, and a leader in a wave of brilliant young photographers currently working in Atlantic Canada.”

In addition to the exhibition opening, the public is invited to learn more from artists and curators in the coming months. At the Gallery’s monthly Family Art Day on June 30, artist Percy Sacobie will give a talk about his works in the exhibition Wolastoqiyik Storyteller; and on June 20th, join exhibition curator Emma Hassencahl-Perley for a tour and talk on Carl Beam’s work.

These exhibitions are on display now, and will be celebrated at the official opening reception on June 23rd at 2:00 pm. Also being celebrated that day will be Contemporary Printmakers of New Brunswick – I, and Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting, 2019: Julie Caissie. The reception is free, and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

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Hours and Admission:
Gallery hours: From May 27 to October 13, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open seven days a week. The Gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, with extended hours until 9 pm on Thursday, and is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

Gallery admission: Admission is free for members, and for children 6 and under. General admission is $10 (adult); 8$ (senior); $5 (student with student ID); $20 (family: up to two adults and all children under 18) and gives access to all current exhibitions. Admission is by donation for all visitors on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Hours and admission rates are subject to change. Please check www.beaverbrookartgallery.org for up-to-date information.

Stay connected:
Find the latest on the Gallery’s programs, events, and news on its social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Information about the Gallery, its activities, and its operations is also available at www.beaverbrookartgallery.org.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and international works of art. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.


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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-0972
Email: mcallaghan@beaverbrookartgallery.org   
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