60th Anniversary Workshops

A special series of creative activities in celebration of the Gallery’s diamond anniversary. All workshops: Ages 16 and up. Maximum of 20 participants. All materials are included in the fee.

To register: Contact the front desk at emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org or by calling (506) 458-2028.

Saturday, May 25, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jennifer Pazienza: Poet-Tree and the art of Gordon Dunphy

$50 non-members, $40 members
Charcoal, oil pastels, linseed oil on canvas, paper, mylar.

In Mary Oliver’s poem, When I Am Among the Trees, she describes how trees, “give off such hints of gladness” that they save her. Like Oliver, Gordon Dunphy understood that we, and trees, share the same life force. His relationship with the vessels in the exhibition began years before he turned from farming to an artist’s life. In Dunphy’s words, “what’s important to try to catch — is the spirit that trees have, especially big old hardwood trees.” Dunphy’s poetry is written within and upon these vessels. Through an exploration of different materials, participants in this workshop are invited to recreate the spirit of Gordon Dunphy’s art in their own poetic creations.

Weather permitting, a portion of this workshop may take us outdoors.

Jennifer Pazienza is a painter who lives and works on Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick. Her work resides in private, corporate and public collections in Canada, the US, UK and Italy. She is a retired art education professor from the University of New Brunswick. A longtime friend to the BAG, in addition to her very successful 2007 artist residency, she has in her career conducted numerous art workshops and docent sessions, and most recently co-curated the exhibition, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels.


Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Trudy Gallagher: Wampum Bracelet

$40 non-members, $30 members

Participants will create a bracelet made of synthetic wampum shell, leather and sinew, and will learn about the connections between storytelling and wampum as a currency and gift on the east coast.

Trudy Gallagher is currently the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), Trudy also co-owns Art Jewel Design with her business partner Sandra Tremblay. Teacher of jewelry/metal arts for 14 years, Trudy is thoroughly enjoying delivering and teaching hands on workshops to schools, galleries and art organizations on behalf of NBCCD.


Saturday, July 6, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Emma Hassencahl-Perley: Mixed media workshop

$15 non-members, $10 members

Emma Hassencahl-Perley, curator of Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted, will lead participants in an exploratory tour of the exhibition, followed by an experimental workshop in which participants have the chance to respond to themes of the artist’s work. Using mixed media such as stencils, collage, and watercolour, this reflective workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of Carl Beam’s work, and the exhibition on display.

Emma Hassencahl-Perley is a Wolastoqiyik (people of the beautiful, bountiful river) artist from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, who received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. She describes her artwork as multidisciplinary, with a practice rooted in painting, printmaking, and drawing that has in recent years moved toward beadwork, textiles, installation, social engagement art, and performance art. Major themes in her artistic practice are drawn from her observations of the relationship between the settler-state of Canada and Indigenous people through a social and political lens.


Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm.
Trudy Gallagher: Personalized Art T-shirts – Anniversary Edition

$40 non-members, $30 members

Celebrate the Gallery’s 60th anniversary with a statement art T-shirt. Participants will use Clorox bleach pens and vinegar on black T-shirts to create their design. 

Trudy Gallagher is currently the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), Trudy also co-owns Art Jewel Design with her business partner Sandra Tremblay. Teacher of jewelry/metal arts for 14 years, Trudy is thoroughly enjoying delivering and teaching hands on workshops to schools, galleries and art organizations on behalf of NBCCD.


Saturday, September 14, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Richard Flynn: Painting with the Blues – and a few other colours

$50 non-members, $40 members
Soft pastel on varied surfaces; live music for inspiration

With inspiration from live music (musicians to be announced) participants will create a work of art in soft pastels on a surface of their choice. 

Richard Flynn has been working as an artist since graduating from the Newcastle College of Art in England in 1970. He was most recently the artist in residence at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Ontario. Flynn painted the gritty, industrial landscapes as well as rural Northumberland, England where he grew up, before immigrating to Cambridge Narrows, New Brunswick twenty years ago. He loves the warm hospitable nature of the Maritimes, and says he was seduced from Britain by the beauty of New Brunswick.


Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Karen Stentaford: The Original Blueprint: Cyanotype workshop

$30 non-members, $25 members

Before digital photography, before Polaroid, before print film, before everything you know about film photography, there was cyanotype – a process dating back to 1842. In this hands-on workshop participants will use the sun’s rays to expose photographs without a camera. Chemistry preparation, coating surfaces, exposing and developing images will be covered. The process is immediate, the images are blue, and the results are magical.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own semi-transparent materials such as black and white negatives, x-rays, collected natural materials such as pressed leaves and flowers, or photocopies of drawings to experiment with. All other materials will be supplied.

Karen Stentaford is an artist and educator working primarily in medium and large format photography, often employing toy cameras and alternative processes. Since 2012, her work has been made using the wet plate collodion process. Recent bodies of work investigate ideas of place, absence and memory influenced by the Newfoundland landscape of her childhood. Stentaford completed the Master of Arts in Photography program at the Edinburgh College of Art.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University and Bachelor of Education, Visual Arts Specialist, from NSCAD University and Mount Saint Vincent University.


Saturday, September 28, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Marie Fox: Icons and Allegories – A Pre-Raphaelite Workshop

$60 non-members, $50 members

Explore the vision, techniques and motivation behind the distinct aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelites. This 4-hour workshop will guide students through the history of this 19th-century movement and provide on-site examples from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s current exhibition The Pre-Raphaelite Heavenly Vision, curated by Allen Bentley and John Leroux. The Pre-Raphaelites combined mythology, symbolism, and religious iconography from previous eras to confront issues of class and social unrest in the 19th century. They emphasized the role and importance of beauty in reaction to the ugliness and mass production brought about by the industrial revolution.

Inspired by the fluid and stylized linework of Edward Burne-Jones's 1865 Portrait of a Young Woman, participants will sketch from a live model and, after a series of warm-ups, will create a portrait using chalk and vellum. In the spirit of the Pre-Raphaelite era, the final project will combine traditional materials with a surprise, contemporary twist.

Marie Fox is a figurative oil painter whose work combines traditional western techniques and iconography with ancestral mythologies and mysticism to create a contemporary narrative. Based in Fredericton, she has exhibited with several galleries in Atlantic Canada. In 2016, Fox was awarded the Studio Watch Emerging Artists Series and presented her exhibition, Ascend, at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Her current project, ‘Celestial Bodies’, was awarded a Creation Grant by artsnb and will debut as a solo exhibition in 2019 at Gallery on Queen.


Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with a lunch break.
Ralph Simpson: Basket Design (introduction to basket making)

$75 non-members, $65 members (one hour break for lunch, meal not included)

Ralph Simpson will teach participants how to weave plant fibre into small baskets. This workshop is an introduction to traditional basket making.

Ralph Simpson was born in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. He is a wood fibre artist creating baskets and sculptures. His chosen media is black ash, willow, maple, and cedar bark, and other plant fibres, many of which are indigenous to New Brunswick. Ralph combines a deep respect for traditional weaving techniques with his own innovations and enjoys incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques in his creative practice. Inspired by the local environment and nature’s forms he creates contemporary sculptural forms large and small and enjoys exploring the unique properties of various natural plant materials.


Saturday, October 26, 1:00- 4:00 pm.
Wendy McLeod MacKnight: Look Beyond What You Think You See: Using art to jumpstart your storytelling

$40 non-members, $30 members

In this workshop, Wendy will lead participants through the creative writing process, from inspiration to publication, with a special focus on the works in the gallery that open up new worlds and create fabulous characters.       

Wendy grew up in a small town and wrote her first novel at age nine. She worked for the Government of New Brunswick for twenty-five years, ending her career as the Deputy Minister of Education when the siren call of writing became impossible to ignore. Her debut middle grade novel, It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! was published by Sky Pony Press in 2017. Her second book, The Frame-Up, a fantasy set at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, was published June 5th 2018 by Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins. Her next novel is coming in early 2020.


To register: Contact the front desk at emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org or by calling (506) 458-2028.