Family Art Day

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be open to visitors of all ages from 12 pm to 5 pm with FREE admission and programs!

Next Family Art Day: July 29, 2018

Guided tours:

1-2pm English

2-3pm French

3-4pm English
(please meet at welcome desk in the Pavilion)

Free Activities throughout the day

12:00- 5:00pm: Front steps of the Gallery
Family flag making at the Art Cart

12:00- 5:00pm: Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio
See the creative process in action with writer, performer, and theater creator Abby Paige!

Abby Paige has a background in comedy, solo performance and documentary theatre. Her work is guided by an abiding interest in the role of art in the community.

2:00 pm: Staged play reading
Abby Paige performs excerpts from her new play, Ma cousine des États/My Cousin from The States

12:00- 5:00pm: RBC Learning Centre and Pavilion Courtyard
Folk art paintings with Nikita Louise Smith

Check out our folk art display and be inspired by Maud Lewis to create paintings that express everyday joys.

Nikita Smith is a self-taught artist interested in folk art, neoprimitivism, abstract realism, and the human figure. She loves making pet portraits: pawp art!

1:30- 3:00 pm: Education Room
Mixed media landscapes with Ron Léger

This mixed media workshop will cover the basics of drawing and painting trees and foliage. Participants will work with charcoal and acrylic paint to create paintings inspired by Stephen Hutchings paintings on display at the gallery.

Ron Léger received a Bachelor of Fine Art at Mount Allison University in 1986 with a major in printmaking and a minor in painting. Currently he teaches art full-time at Leo Hayes High school in Fredericton and conducts workshops and night classes in painting and printmaking.

3:00 pm: Harriet Irving Gallery
Musical performance

Richard Hornsby (clarinet) and Sally Dibblee (soprano) draw inspiration from the exhibition Sculpture, meet painting… Painting, meet sculpture, exploring dialogue in duet form. The performance will feature works for voice and clarinet by Maritime composers.

3:30- 5:00 pm: Education Room
Diorama construction and photography with Gary Weekes

Create a diorama inspired by the photographs of Diana Thorneycroft and Holly King! Use all kinds of interesting materials, objects, and toys to construct a small scene incorporating images from our collection. Instructor Gary Weekes will guide you through photographing your diorama with dramatic lighting. Your diorama and photograph are yours to keep and take home!

Gary Weekes has lived and worked in London and New York and now calls Fredericton his home. He is a photographer ( and educator at the UNB College of Extended Learning.