FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  New Exhibition Showcases Six Women Metalsmiths

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJanuary 14, 20190 Comments


New Exhibition Showcases Six Women Metalsmiths

Fredericton, New Brunswick, January 14, 2019 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s newest exhibition celebrates six women metalsmiths. Her Metal: Six New Brunswick Metalsmiths presents the work of these professional artists, who are all current or recent instructors at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. The free, public opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In preparation for the exhibition, each artist chose a painting from the Gallery’s permanent collection, using it as inspiration in creating a new piece of metalwork. This exhibition presents both the inspiration artwork and the newly-created metalwork next to each other. The pairings of works create a remarkable exhibition exploring the juxtaposition of different artworks created in different times, as well as exploring the female voice in metalwork – a discipline traditionally associated with men.

“This unique exhibition joins old and new, painting and metal together in an inspiring collaboration between the visual arts and fine craft,” says the Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux, who curated Her Metal. “More than that, however, it celebrates a powerhouse studio of six women artists and teachers, found right here in Fredericton.”

The six artists with work in the exhibition are: Brigitte Clavette, Kristyn Cooper, Kristen Bishop, Kristianne Levesque, Audrée St-Amour, and Erica Stanley.

Clavette, who taught the other five smiths when they trained at the College, explains how the exhibition came about: “One day last spring, John stopped in to my office over lunch, proposing an exhibition. Most of the other metalsmiths were there, and as we all got excited by the prospect, I quickly came up with the idea of responding to works in the Gallery’s collection. And that was it! We made a few visits to the Gallery and each made our own selections, for our own reasons. After that came the many hours of independent research, sketching, designing, and studio work, all culminating in the six objects featured.”

Within the exhibition, in addition to these diverse inspirations, visitors will find a range of different materials, techniques, treatments, and creations in the response works. “The funny thing,” adds Clavette, “is that none of us chose to make jewellery. But we have steel, sterling silver, bronze, copper. And we have hollow ware, sculptural work, a wearable piece. Even though we’re all metalsmiths, we’ve taken that in many different directions.”

Brigitte Clavette RCA, is a recipient of the Strathbutler Award, and was Studio Head at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s Jewellery/Metal Arts Studio from 1985 to 2017. Her work can be found in private and public collections, most notably the Royal Ontario Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, MacDonald Stewart Art Center, New Brunswick Museum, and the New Brunswick Provincial Art Bank.

Kristen Bishop is a graduate of the NBCCD Jewellery/Metal Arts program, was previously trained as a welder, and is now employed as the metal studio technician at NBCCD. She creates work that is inspired by her curiosity of textures, patina, and mark making.

Kristyn Cooper graduated with distinction from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she majored in Jewellery/Metal Arts. She has since received funding from ArtsNB, accumulated a number of professional honours, and is the current Studio Head of Jewellery/Metal Arts at NBCCD.

Kristianne (Kiki) Levesque is an award-winning graduate from NBCCD, and the owner of Unforgotten Metal Art. She has created work for a number of businesses and organizations in the region.

Erica Stanley is a metal artist, goldsmith, educator, and arts advocate. She primarily creates custom wedding rings, as well as one-of-a-kind metal art for exhibitions. Stanley has taught jewellery and goldsmithing at the Nunavut Arctic College, and currently teaches part time at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Audrée H. St-Amour studied Fine Arts in Montreal, followed by receiving her Diploma in Fine Craft/Jewellery from NBCCD. Her artistic practice bridges the fine arts and jewellery traditions by working with metal and mixed media.

Gallery visitors will be able to explore this exhibition that presents a new way to see the Gallery’s permanent collection, while also showcasing contemporary New Brunswick artists beginning on January 19th. Also opening that day are the exhibitions, The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels, Joseph Kashetsky: Drawings, Paul Daigle: Performance Art, Out from Under the Rug: Ivan Crowell’s Black History Tapestries from St. Thomas University, and The Pre-Raphaelite Heavenly Vision. Her Metal will be on view until May 19, and is presented with support from the Government of New Brunswick.

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Hours and Admission:

Gallery hours: From October 8, 2018 to May 26, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. 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.

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