Campaign Newsletter - July 2013

July 2013

Since the last Tableau, the Beaverbrook Campaign continued in its quiet phase in preparation for a public launch to achieve our goal of $25 Million.

The Three Pillars of the Campaign— Infrastructure, Endowment and Programming— have grown considerably since our last report and we are very appreciative of the generous support provided by governments, foundations, corporations and individuals in Fredericton, throughout New Brunswick, across Canada and beyond.

We invite you to join in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build and revitalize our beloved art gallery for future generations. Fifty years beyond our inception, we emerge from the protection of our founder’s family into an exciting new era. As we fulfill our role as New Brunswick’s public art gallery and a recognized centre for Atlantic art in Canada, we are committed to make vital experiences in art available to all residents and our visitors.


The luck of the draw won Nancy MacGarvie a pastel drawing of the Life Members Reception she was attending. Shown with Nancy is artist Richard Flynn who spent the whole evening capturing the essence of the event in his drawing.

The luck of the draw won Nancy MacGarvie a pastel drawing of the Life Members Reception she was attending. Shown with Nancy is artist Richard Flynn who spent the whole evening capturing the essence of the event in his drawing.

We are happy to report that several new Gallery initiatives are moving forward because of the remarkable generosity of our many supporters. We thank the following corporations and individuals and acknowledge them with gratitude for making the following possible:

  • C. Elizabeth Baker: The C. Elizabeth Baker Learning and Creating Series
  • Bank of Montreal BMO: ActionArt
  • CIBC and CN: Face2Face (“bringing art to people and people to art”)
  • Scotiabank: Scotiabank Artist Residency Program
  • TD Bank Group: TD Sculpture Garden
    (Please note: A special dedication ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 26th at noon to officially inaugurate the TD Sculpture Garden. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.)


Students from Nackawic Elementary School interact with a docent during the launch of the Face2Face Program. Sponsored by CIBC and CN the program  provides subsidies for classroom visits to the Gallery and helps to bring art to communities around the province. 

Imelda Perley a Maliseet elder and native artist Natalie Sappier facilitate a workshop  as part of the ActionArt Young Ancestors program at Tobique First Nation. This Gallery outreach program promotes discovery, creativity and dialogue through art and culture and is supported by BMO Financial Group.

The Beaverbrook Campaign is moving forward consistent with the Gallery’s vision of “enriching life through art”, and we thank all of our generous supporters. As our founder Lord Beaverbrook said in 1959, “Make the Gallery your Gallery. Let us say, our Gallery. Make it our playground, our source of inspiration”.


As part of the exciting expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, it is most fitting that a way be found to honour the legacy of Bruno Bobak. To this end, a new public programming space will be created: The Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio. Here, for a period of time, a resident artist will undertake his/her own work and engage with people of all ages through face-to-face contact and hands-on experiences with art making and creative explorations.

Gallery visitors will have the chance to experience live art in the making. Artists from New Brunswick, Canada and abroad will work and interact with the public through designated short or long-term artist-in-residence programs. The on-site studio, and matching support from government funding programs and private sources, will provide the artist with time and space to complete a body of work. Part of the residency will also include public demonstrations, talks, mentoring, and/or art classes. The Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio will make plain to the public that not only is art housed in the Gallery, but that art is conceived and created by professional artists, children, art students and lifelong learners at many hours of the day and night at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.


The Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio will encompass 350 square feet of space on the Gallery’s lower level, with windows facing the majestic St. John River. During his life in Fredericton, Bruno Bobak spent countless hours fishing, painting and contemplating the beautiful, awe-inspiring St. John River. How fitting that future artists-in-residence will be able to create their works of art from such an intimate and enviable location, nestled on the banks of the mighty St. John.


The development of The Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio will be made possible by the contributions of Bruno’s family and by their many friends and colleagues. The cost to construct and sustain the Studio has been set at $500,000. The Gallery has already received corporate and private pledges to help operate the Studio and to support the artists who will be occupying the Studio in the future.