Family Art Day

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery offers FREE admission and programs to visitors of all ages on the last Sunday of each month from 12 pm to 5 pm!

Next Family Art Day: March 31, 2019.

Guided tours:

1:00 pm: English

2:00 pm: French
Please meet at Pavilion Welcome desk

Free activities:

12:00- 5:00 pm 

Art Cart: Plasticine Play with Peggy Holt
Create small plasticine landscapes on cardboard.

12:00 - 5:00 pm (RBC Learning Centre)

Illustrations with Roberte Melanson
Learn some classic drawing and quick sketching techniques to help you capture stories as they happen, and to illustrate your recollections. Enhance your line drawings with color, detail, create 3-D effects and animate your characters with inspiration from artists Mario Doucette, Raymond Martin, Herzl Kashetsky, Anna Torma,  Jennifer Belanger and Paul Daigle. 

Roberte Melanson is an artist and educator who loves teaching and learning about art every day. Roberte draws inspiration from the world around her and from her experiences and encounters. For over 25 years, Roberte has been teaching summer art camps, adult and teacher workshops, and has been learning from her fellow artists at the Gallery.

12:00- 2:00 pm (Canadian Gallery)

Suitcase Stories: Postcards from the Past
Four paintings have a special story to tell! Receive a prompt to investigate a mysterious object connected to an artwork and continue the story by creating a postcard.

Dr. Cynthia Wallace developed the Suitcase Stories -actual suitcases filled with artefacts, reproduction archival documents and photographs that families can work with in a cultural identity exercise at the Fredericton Region Museum. Please visit the FRM to discover the stories of immigrants through the objects they brought with them on their journey to Canada.

Dr. Cynthia Wallace is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She holds a PhD in History Education from the University of New Brunswick. Her current research interests are in national narratives, museum education, and difficult knowledge. Cynthia is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Fredericton Region Museum.

1:00- 3:00 pm (Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio)

Metal pendant workshop with Trudy Gallagher
Jewelry has been used for centuries as money, adornment and to show social status. In this drop-in workshop, participants will create personalized copper pendants using hammers on metal to explore texture and stamping. Color can be added, and a leather cord will finish the piece and make it wearable.

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.

1:00- 4:00 pm (Education Room)

Painting our Stories with Chrissie Park-MacNeill
Express yourself in bold color and lively brushstrokes, with inspiration from the exhibition Everything is gonna be fine, an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the New Brunswick Art Bank, and the stories is tells. Play with light, texture, shapes and forms, and create small and powerful paintings on cardboard.

Chrissie is a self-taught artist from Newfoundland who has called Fredericton home since 1997. Since 2008 Chrissie has contributed to Isaac’s Way’s silent art auctions. In recent years she has also had her paintings exhibited at the Charlotte Glencross Gallery, the Gallery Connexion Annex Gallery, and the Fredericton Public Library. In 2015 Chrissie illustrated the children’s book Bedda-bye Maritime Rhyme, written by Beth Weatherbee and published through New Brunswick’s Born to Read program. In 2017 Chrissie illustrated her second children’s book for a Born to Read publication, Chicka-chicka Chickadee, authored by Kyla Brewer, launched in June 2017.

Free Performances:

2:00- 3:00 pm (Contemporary Gallery)

Frantically Atlantic, A New Brunswick Repertoire: Stories and Music from Home
Join talented musicians and storytellers Don Rigley and Michelle Daigle of Frantically Atlantic amongst  works of art by New Brunswick artists in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the New Brunswick Art Bank. They will present a lively selection of music and stories inspired by the exhibit. Celebrate our province’s cultures and history, surrounded by the art in the exhibition Everything is Gonna be Fine.   

Frantically Atlantic (Don Rigley and Michelle Daigle) is a musical duo based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Their instruments include fiddle (violin), vocals, hammered dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, bodhran (Irish drum), tin whistles, guitar, concertina and spoons. In their combined history they have performed in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, New England and Ireland.


Supported by the City of Fredericton. Presented in partnership with Tutta Musica. | Appuyée par la ville de Fredericton. Présentée en parternariat avec Tutta Musica.