Lord Beaverbrook Day

Join the celebrations: Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be open to visitors of all ages from 12 pm to 5 pm with FREE admission and programs! Come celebrate all the Gallery has to offer : Canadian and international artworks, artist workshops, and a special book launch for The Frame-Up this year. Read on for all the details:

Free Tours of the Gallery’s exhibitions:

1:00 pm: English & French
(Please meet in the Orientation Gallery)

4:00 pmFrame-Up themed tour with author Wendy McLeod MacKnight
(see details below)

Free musical performance:

12:30 to 1:30 pm in the pavilion courtyard: Musical performance by Scotty and the Stars
(In case of poor weather: Elizabeth A. Currie Gallery on the Green)

Free Workshops and activities:

1:30 to 3:00 pm in the pavilion courtyard Drop-in, as space permits.
(In case of poor weather: Harriet Irving Gallery)

Sketching (croquis) and pochades inspired by J. W. Morrice, with Marcus Kingston. 
Learn how to draw perspective and architectural features on a walking tour.

Marcus Kingston is an artist and instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. His work focuses on an immense appreciation for traditional and historic architecture of a rural and urban nature.

1:30 to 4:00 pm in the RBC Learning Centre. Drop-in, as space permits.

Character Collage with Peter Gorham
Create collage characters inspired by The Frame-Up: Mona Dunn, Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Nugent, Madame Juliette.

Peter Gorham is a long-time kindergarten and art teacher. A professional artist himself, he has led a large-scale school community art-making evening at Nackawic Elementary School where families created collages together.

3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Education Centre. Registration required.

Family workshop: Interactive Storytelling with Brandon Mitchell
Create characters and scenes by retelling and drawing indigenous legends.

Brandon Mitchell is Mi’gmaq and currently resides in Fredericton. He studied Animation and Design and is an illustrator and writer. He has published several books focusing on indigenous stories and issues.

Special Event: The Frame-Up Official Book Launch

2:00 pm in the Elizabeth A. Currie Gallery on the Green

Have you ever looked at a painting and wondered what it would be like if the people/creatures inside the painting were alive? And if they were, what if they were living lives parallel to our own, living in the world beyond the frames, a part of, and yet completely separate from, our own world?

Author Wendy McLeod MacKnight joins us to celebrate the launch of her latest book, The Frame-Up, set right here in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery! Learn about the secret lives of paintings in this middle-grade novel.

Get your copy of the book ahead of the June 5 North American on-sale date, hear the author read from the book, take your own Framed-Up selfie, and more!

** Pre-order your copy now and pick it up on May 27th at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Call 458-2028. 


Visit artist-in-residence Cody Brooks

1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio

Cody Brooks will be available to talk about the tradition and process of building birch bark canoes, including images documenting the making of the Grandmother Canoe. He will also bring in examples of his carving and baskets, and will discuss these traditional Maliseet works.

Cody Brooks is an indigenous artist from St. Mary’s First Nation (Sitansisk). For the past 15 years, he has built 11 birch bark canoes in New England and across Canada. He also creates traditional baskets and wood carvings. Cody is passionate about his heritage and works tirelessly to inspire indigenous youth about the traditional craft of birch bark canoe making.

Also happening today:

12 noon to 2:00 pm in the pavilion courtyard 
(In case of poor weather: Education Centre)

Glitter Tattoos with Larissa from Dragonfly Designs.

12 noon to 4:00 pm in the Orientation Gallery. Drop-in, as space permits.

Landscape drawing with Dan Xu

Dan Xu’s ink paintings River Songs: Chinese landscapes of Saint John are on view in the Orientation Gallery from April 10 through July 2. Create your own landscapes inspired by and with instruction from the artist at this drop-in activity

12 noon to 5:00 pm on the front steps:

Art Cart activity: Pastel and plasticine pochades inspired by J. W. Morrice, with Peggy Holt

12 noon to 5:00 pm in the pavilion courtyard

Chalk mural with Scott McAllister

Scott McAllister has a background in new media art and art criticism. Currently Scott is immersed in printmaking with Rabbitown Press and has taught afterschool art classes with in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s outreach programs.