FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces 2018 Studio Watch Artist

Beaverbrook Art GalleryMay 15, 20180 Comments

Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 15, 2018 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced today that Noémie DesRoches will be its 2018 Studio Watch Emerging Artist. DesRoches’s art will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition on view at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery this summer, opening on June 2, 2018.

Originally from Tracadie, New Brunswick, DesRoches recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Université de Moncton. She is active in the region’s visual arts scene. DesRoches teaches visual arts classes at the Centre des Arts et de la Culture de Dieppe, and sits on the board of Galerie Sans Nom.

Interested in questions of memory, misremembering, and the construction of personal history, DesRoches manipulates and transforms images through deletion, addition, and repetition of elements. In doing so, she explores what is remembered or forgotten following a conversation, creating a link between the information that is retained, communicated and imagined.

The Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux, led the selection process, which saw applications from all over the province. “I was struck by the beauty of her painting technique, but even more so by the breadth of her subject matter,” he said. “DesRoches is a painter who can as equally craft a devotional series of small paintings of individual foil candy wrappers as she can evoke bewilderment and awe with an image of a flaming metal stair to nowhere. Hers are mysterious narratives which make viewers take notice, with their eyes and their minds.”

The Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting program, now in its thirteenth installment, is made possible with the generous support of Earl and Sandy Brewer.

“It is a pleasure for us to continue our association with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Studio Watch series, and to continue supporting our province’s exceptional emerging artists,” said Earl and Sandy Brewer. “Congratulations to this year's winner, Noémie DesRoches; we look forward to your exhibition and wish you continued success in your artistic career.”

The Brewers also lent their support to a space in the Gallery’s new pavilion, dedicated to the memory of Norma Brewer, which features works by past New Brunswick emerging artists year-round.

The 2018 Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting exhibition will be on view from June 2 through September 16 in the Joseph and Fanny Oppenheimer Gallery space. An official opening reception for the exhibition, as well as for the exhibitions Stephen Hutchings — Landscape Tales and Peter Coffman — Camino, will be held on June 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM. All are welcome to attend this free celebration event.

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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.” Information about the Gallery and its activities can be found at Follow the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
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