Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates New Brunswick’s first Family Day with the Launch of a New Program

Beaverbrook Art GalleryFebruary 8, 20180 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates New Brunswick’s first Family Day with the Launch of a New Program

Fredericton, NB, February 8, 2018 -- Inspired by the excitement and success of the Gallery’s pavilion opening last October, as well as its annual Lord Beaverbrook Day, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will launch a new, monthly series of Family Art Days in February.

Joining in the celebration of New Brunswick’s first Family Day holiday, the Gallery’s first Family Art Day will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018.

“We are pleased to be able to join in our province’s first Family Day celebration,” says Tom Smart, Director/CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “Creating and enjoying art together is a wonderful way to take part with your family.”

This year’s Family Day will be the first day of this new program series, and will feature a full slate of activities and programming.

“We want to offer families the chance to engage with the Gallery every month, and build on the excitement and participation we’ve seen since the new pavilion opened,” says Adda Mihailescu, Manager of Public Programs. “By offering multiple workshops, artist demonstrations, and musical performances, we can accommodate even more visitors into the day, ensuring that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Gallery will be open to visitors of all ages from noon to 5 pm, with free admission all day. Free docent-led tours of the new exhibitions on view will be offered throughout the afternoon in both official languages. In addition, free workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon, and Michael Smith, the artist in residence in the Bruno Bobak artist-in-residence studio will be demonstrating watercolour techniques to visitors. Local artists Tim Hogan and Peggy Holt will also be onsite offering drop-in workshops in the new RBC Learning Centre.

At 3 pm. a free musical performance will be offered by percussionist Ian Gibson, in partnership with Tutta Musica and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.

At 4 pm, Graham Nickerson and Mary Louise McCarthy, members of the New Brunswick Black History Society, will give a short public presentation on two works by New Brunswick artists being featured in recognition of Black History Month. Visitors are invited to attend to learn more about these artworks and their context and history.

“These histories are all too often left out of what gets told,” says Smart. “By spotlighting these works in our Orientation Gallery, just inside our main door, we hope to bring attention to some of these stories, and to ensure better that members of all our province’s communities can see themselves in this Gallery.”

The Family Day holiday may only happen once a year, but the Gallery’s Family Art Days will be much more frequent. Starting in March, the program will be held on the last Sunday of each month. For more information about Family Art Day programming, please visit

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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. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through 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.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

Media Contact

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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