Beaverbrook Art Gallery Celebrates a Holiday Tale

Beaverbrook Art GalleryNovember 14, 20180 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery Celebrates a Holiday Tale

Fredericton, New Brunswick, November 14, 2018 – The holidays are coming early to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery this year, with a holiday gift and the launch of a magical story, all wrapped up in a festive event. The Gallery announced today the premiere of the latest story by Fredericton-area author Wendy McLeod MacKnight, A Beaverbrook Holiday. This short story, written as a companion to her novel The Frame-Up, will be launched at the Nutcracker Tea on November 25th.

A Beaverbrook Holiday features characters that are sure to be familiar to readers of The Frame-Up and visitors to the Gallery. Mona Dunn, Sargent Singer, and Lord Beaverbrook all return to celebrate one the Gallery’s favourite holiday traditions: the Nutcracker Tea. Set at the special event taking place at the Gallery this month, the story follows these characters as they try to join in the holiday celebrations while the Gallery is full of visitors.

MacKnight was inspired by her own experiences and memories of the Nutcracker Tea to write this, and generously chose to donate the story to the Gallery – proceeds from its sale will support the Gallery’s programming and activities.

“I’m thrilled to be able to share a new story about the much-loved characters from The Frame-Up,” says MacKnight. “This story is my way of expressing gratitude for the many years of joy the Beaverbrook has given me. Supporting the arts, and in particular ensuring that the Gallery can continue offering wonderful programs for current and future generations is incredibly important to me.”

With many of the characters of The Frame-Up on the Gallery’s walls, and the return of this family event after a five-year hiatus, the event offered the perfect backdrop to launch A Beaverbrook Holiday.

“What a wonderful moment for the season,” says the Gallery’s Director/CEO Thomas Smart. “To receive these two gifts from Wendy – the story itself, and the funds from its sale – as we celebrate the holidays with our Nutcracker Tea is truly heartwarming. I am deeply appreciative of Wendy’s continued passion for inspiring and supporting a love of the magic in art.”

Ticketholders at the Nutcracker Tea this year will be treated to a bright and colourful event including a tea service, carolers, music, dance performances from all over the globe, art activities, and, of course, plenty of sweets – all with a holiday twist inspired by the Gallery’s collection.

“The Nutcracker Tea is, for me, a cherished memory of the season at the Gallery,” adds Smart. “I invite everyone to join us this year, and hope that you, too, will make new memories with your family.”

For fans of The Frame-Up, or anyone else who wonders what our artworks do to celebrate the season, books will be available for purchase at the Nutcracker Tea, and after that will be exclusively sold in the Gallery shop starting November 27. A Beaverbrook Holiday will be available for purchase for $12; however, Nutcracker Tea ticketholders who purchase or renew a Gallery membership before the 25th can receive their copy free.

The Nutcracker Tea will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on November 25th at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; tickets are $15 per person, and are available through the Gallery, in person or online. More information about the event, and the membership promotion, is available on the Gallery’s website

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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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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039

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