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(Saint John, NB, May 2, 2024) – The NB Arts Centre Association / Association des centres des arts du NB announces that the Jeunesse créative NB Artful Youth exhibition will open this month at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick in the Harriet Irving Gallery, with a free public opening on May 5, 2024, at 12 PM.

Made possible with generous funding from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, this provincial high school visual arts program is a collaborative partnership between nine provincial art centres: the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, Moncton; Centre des Arts et de la Culture de Dieppe; Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton; Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St Andrews; Ax Art Centre, Sussex; Société Culturelle Kent-Sud, Bouctouche; Saint John Arts Centre; Centre des arts d’Edmundston; Andrew & Laura McCain Gallery, Florenceville-Bristol) and the Neqotkuk Art Studio (Tobique First Nation).

Five students per location, in grades 10 and 11, received 16 hours of intense training by hired, qualified artists and art educators, each exploring a number of art mediums offered at each art centre. The purpose of this project was to encourage creative young students to consider a career in the fine art or fine craft sectors. Each student involved in the project created a meaningful body of work and was encouraged to participate in dialogue with their peers in other communities through social media.

Artwork created by the Jeunesse créative NB Artful Youth participants will be featured in an exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from May 5 to June 9, 2024. Those interested in viewing these excellent works by New Brunswick students are encouraged to join the free public celebration on May 5, 2024, at 12 PM in the Harriet Irving Gallery in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Light refreshments and tours will be available during the opening celebration. No RSVP is necessary.

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This project was made possible with generous funding from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and coordinated through the NB Arts Centre Association / Association des centres des arts du N.B.

Media Contacts:

Andrew Kierstead | Saint John Arts Centre | director@sjartscentre.ca | (506) 633-4870

Kathryn McCarroll | The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation | shmf@sheilahughmackay.ca | (506) 693-5647

Curtis Richardson | Beaverbrook Art Gallery | crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org | (506) 458 2028

(Fredericton, April 16, 2024) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce that in collaboration with the Throop Family Foundation, it is now accepting applications from Atlantic Canadian visual artists for the second annual Theodore Prize.

Stemming from a desire to give back to the Atlantic Canadian visual arts community, the Theodore Prize is named for a special family member who exemplified generosity and good will in the Throop family. Administered by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Theodore Prize is an annual award of $20,000, given to an Atlantic Canadian artist whose work displays a high level of artistic and creative excellence, a command of the artist’s medium, and an acknowledged level of regard from the Atlantic Canadian curatorial/gallery community.

Last year, the Theodore Prize was awarded to Will Gill, an artist from Newfoundland. Will earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1991, with a focus on sculpture. He has maintained a studio practice since graduation, evolving from a solely sculptural exploration, to one that encompasses photography, painting, sculpture, and video work.

The deadline to apply for this year’s Theodore Prize is June 15, 2024. Atlantic Canadian artists who wish to apply for the Theodore Prize, or those who wish to nominate an artist, can find the full list of eligibility requirements and information on how to apply on our website at: https://beaverbrookartgallery.org/visit/theodore-prize/

The Theodore Prize will be juried by three arts professionals, including representatives of two Atlantic Canadian public art galleries or post-secondary art institutions, and jury chair, Ray Cronin, Curator of Canadian Art, Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Members of the jury will be announced with the announcement of the winner of the prize.

The winner of the second annual Theodore Prize will be announced at our summer opening of new exhibitions on July 18, 2024, at 6 PM.

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You can learn more about Will’s art by visiting his website at williamgill.ca.

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB) – After seven years of transformative leadership, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is announcing the retirement of its Director, Tom Smart, who will leave the position on April 26, 2024.

Tom first began his time at the Beaverbrook in 1989 as a Curator. Over those eight years, and with the help of an excellent team, he developed a program comprising exhibitions and tours of the art of Mary Pratt, Alex Colville, Suzanne Hill, Sarah Petite, John Hooper, Yvon Gallant, Fred Ross, Nancy Morin, Guy Duguay, to name just a few. After an impressive career at other galleries throughout Canada and the United States, such as the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Frick in Pittsburgh, Tom returned to the Beaverbrook in 2017 as Director.

During Tom’s seven years at the Beaverbrook as Director, his mandate was focused on creating a sustainable future for the Beaverbrook. Many major transformations have taken place at the gallery under Tom’s direction, including, but not limited to: designing outreach programming to increase diverse audiences; the creation of the Marion McCain Institute of Atlantic Canadian Art; a focus on new curatorial practices and expanded exhibition scopes; a renewed Art Education Centre; a strategic brand update and new website; and a new corrected name - Musée des Beaux Arts Beaverbrook/Beaverbrook Art Gallery; and last but not least, a new architectural direction with the construction of the accessible, welcoming, and community-facing Harrison McCain Pavilion.

“I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished at the Beaverbrook over the last seven years.” says Director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Tom Smart. “I am confident that our excellent team will continue moving the Beaverbrook forward as it embarks on a new strategic plan under new leadership. I send my sincerest thank you to each member of our Beaverbrook team and to the Board of Governors who have worked alongside me during my time here.”

“The Beaverbrook Art Gallery has been honoured to have Tom Smart as its leader for the last seven years,” says Jamie Irving, Chair of the Beaverbrook’s Board of Governors. “The Beaverbrook has thrived as an institution under Tom’s strategic and creative leadership, which led to the creation of a community and cultural hub for the province. Tom is leaving the Beaverbrook in a prime position for a new Director to build on his successes.”

The Beaverbrook Board of Governors is currently in the process of an international search for its new Director. During the search process, the Beaverbrook will be managed by a three-member interim leadership team, with focuses on curatorial, operations, and profit centers, which will report to the Board until a new Director is hired. The Beaverbrook Board looks forward to continuing to build on the success of Tom Smart’s tenure as Director when a new Director is brought on board.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is opening three major exhibitions featuring contemporary Canadian and Indigenous art, and four excellent exhibitions showcasing Atlantic Canadian art during a free public celebration on January 20th from 4 to 6 PM.

Beginning with Graeme Patterson: Strange Birds, curated by the gallery’s recently appointed Ray Cronin, Curator of Canadian Art, this thematic exhibition is an exciting new contemporary production for the Beaverbrook. In Strange Birds, Graeme’s sculptures are the settings for both a projected animation and a virtual reality environment. The starlings in Strange Birds are an invasive species, propagating uncontrollably until they overwhelm the fragile eco-system of the marshland. Eventually the sea overwhelms the world constructed by these strange birds, erasing all evidence of their presence, leaving just the water and a great blue heron who has acted as a kind of observer of the antics of the birds who settled in its ecosystem. These avatars reflect two aspects of the artist, and through his vision, we viewers can slip into his world, one which eerily mirrors our own.

“I’m thrilled to be working again with Graeme Patterson on his new exhibition Strange Birds.” says Cronin. “Graeme is one of this region’s most accomplished artists and I know that audiences at the Beaverbrook are going to love the ambition and the humour in his work.”

Opening alongside Strange Birds are two other major exhibitions: Working On It: New Canadian Sculpture Curated by Ray Cronin, and Kenojuak Ashevak: Life and Legacy, Organized by Dorset Fine Arts.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Cape Dorset artist Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) was part of a pioneering generation of Inuit creators. She enjoyed an illustrious international career and continues to be recognized as one of Canada's preeminent artists and cultural icons. This national touring exhibition presents never-before-seen drawings from the archives of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, that inspired some of Kenojuak's most emblematic prints in stonecut, lithography and etching.

Working On It: New Canadian Sculpture addresses the relative lack in the Beaverbrook’s permanent collection of contemporary Canadian sculpture, with a selection of offered gifts, proposed purchases, and temporary loans from some of the most exciting Canadian sculptors working today. An art collection, like an art career, is a work in progress. Working on It: New Canadian Sculpture will provide a glimpse into how both can be fostered by New Brunswick’s provincial art gallery.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the following exhibitions during this celebration: Greg Charlton: Attic; Ian MacEachern: Black and White is Like Radio; Drawings by Sculptors; and Joseph Kashetsky: T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, 50 Years on.

“We are very pleased to open this diverse array of exhibitions to the public on January 20th. Ray’s addition to the Beaverbrook’s exhibition program will offer new perspectives on contemporary Canadian art that we are sure visitors will enjoy.” says Tom Smart, Director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

The public is invited to view all of these exhibitions, along with our permanent collection, during a free opening on Saturday, January 20th from 4 to 6 PM. Visitors can view the new exhibitions, enjoy refreshments from the Daily Espresso café, and browse our gift shop. No RSVP is necessary.

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Kenojuak Ashevak: Life and Legacy is sponsored by Cobalt Art Gallery.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB – November 28, 2023) The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces the expansion of its curatorial team and curatorial scope with new positions.

The expansion of the Beaverbrook’s curatorial team begins with the appointment of Ray Cronin as Curator of Canadian Art.

Ray, originally from Fredericton, is an award-winning author of fourteen books and numerous catalogues and articles on Canadian art, which he has written for art galleries and publishers across Canada.

Ray is also an accomplished Arts Administrator. From 2001 to 2015 he worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as Curator, and then as its Director and CEO, a position he held for seven of those years.

Among his many successes Ray is the Founding Curator of the esteemed, internationally recognized Sobey Art Award, now administered by the National Gallery of Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Billie, an online art journal highlighting visual arts and culture across Atlantic Canada.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor.

Ray’s appointment reflects the Beaverbrook’s focus on expanding its curatorial activities in Canadian, Indigenous, and international art by producing solo and group exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and by presenting more of its permanent collection in new formats and arrangements. Ray will also be working with the Beaverbrook’s outstanding Canadian art collection of more than 3500 Canadian works of historical and contemporary art, acquiring new pieces that will deepen it, and interpreting it in light of contemporary critical approaches.

“Ray’s experience and expertise in Canadian art will benefit the Beaverbrook enormously. He will cast new light on the collections, illuminating different ways to appreciate the treasures we have at the gallery,” says Beaverbrook’s Director and CEO, Tom Smart. “Ray connects deeply with art and the creative process having also been a practising professional artist. His passion and expertise will do much to enable the gallery to continue supporting contemporary artists in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. Ray will add a great deal of strength to our exhibitions and programs dedicated to presenting and interpreting the art of Atlantic, Indigenous, Canadian, and international artists and artworks.”

Joining Ray on the curatorial team is Emma Hassencahl-Perley who is the Beaverbrook’s Curator of Indigenous Art.

A Wolastoqiyik from Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), New Brunswick, Emma’s curatorial interests treat Indigenous art history, Indigenous feminisms, craft and textile history, Wabanaki iconography, and oral histories.

Emma has curated many exhibitions at the Beaverbrook since 2018, including the award-winning Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960’s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen”, a project comprising a major exhibition catalogue, a documentary film, exhibition, and international tour. The film documentary has received multiple awards.

The curatorial team also includes Dr. John Leroux, who continues in his dual role as Director of the Marion McCain Institute for Atlantic Canadian Art, and as Manager of Collections and Exhibitions.

John’s passion for art and his extensive experience as an award-winning art historian, curator and architect bring a unique perspective to the Beaverbrook’s curatorial program that allows the gallery to offer a wide range of impressive, thought-provoking exhibitions that are seen both at home, across the province, across the country and internationally. John will continue his work building the collections through acquisitions of art, and by curating historical and contemporary exhibitions.

Rounding out the Curatorial team is Dawn Steeves, the Beaverbrook’s newly appointed Registrar. A visual artist and long-time Beaverbrook contributor in many different areas, Dawn responsibilities centre on managing and cataloguing the Beaverbrook’s art collection.

Dawn’s involvement with the Beaverbrook includes a stint as an Artist-in-Residence, exhibitor whose recent paintings were featured in the 2022/23 exhibition Capturing Salty Towers, and as a contract staff member who assisted the Beaverbrook on many major exhibition projects. Dawn was also instrumental in aiding the Beaverbrook in building its on-line searchable database of the art collection.

To complete the transformation of the Beaverbrook’s Curatorial team will be a soon-to-be hired Curatorial Associate who will be responsible for the innumerable logistical and organizational tasks relating to the collections, exhibitions, traveling programs, and public accessibility to the artworks.

“These curatorial appointments position the Beaverbrook for exciting, transformational growth in the coming years,” says Smart. “They will help us advance access to and understanding of the gallery’s extraordinary collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. I am very excited by the prospects for the future.”

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Beaverbrook Art Gallery at beaverbrookartgallery.org to learn more about the collections, upcoming exhibitions and programs, and new acquisitions.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street

Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to open six new exhibitions on Saturday, October 28 with a public celebration from 4 to 6 PM with admission by donation.

Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to view and celebrate the opening of the following exhibitions: Studio Watch: Rotchild Choisy – “Strike a pause / pose or wear your emotions!; Omar Gandhi Architects; Creativity from Adversity: The 1902 Keough Wall Paintings; Escape: Art from New Brunswick's Internment Camp; Vision & Dialogue: Jennifer Pazienza and Paul Édouard Bourque; and wesuwe-tpelomosu.

With a variety of exhibitions opening, visitors to the Beaverbrook will enjoy a range of artistic styles, from paintings on canvas and plaster walls, to architectural sketches, construction photos, drawings and physical models, sculptures, and more. “This opening is an excellent opportunity to come to the Beaverbrook and view styles of art that are infrequently shown at the gallery.” Says Tom Smart, Director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

We’re excited to announce that Studio Watch is back this year! The 2023 Studio Watch Emerging Artist exhibition features Rotchild Choisy whose exhibition “Strike a pause / pose or wear your emotions!” will be on display in the Emerging Artists Gallery. The drawings comprising this exhibition by Rotchild Choisy, an emerging, multidisciplinary artist living in Riverview, New Brunswick, explore the way multiple identities can be formed and performed by wearing masks in social situations and in private.

A keen observer of human interaction, Choisy is an attentive student of how moods, feelings, cultural mores, sexuality, memories, and experiences all inform the body’s gestures and postures, and are portents of how one might navigate the future. They express his responses to the unseen forces he faces, laid down as poems and dances that affect the figures’ attitudes.

The Studio Watch Emerging Artists Exhibition is generously supported by Sandy and Earle Brewer.

Travelling to the gallery is Omar Ghandi Architects, an exhibition showcasing the work of Ghandi’s Halifax-based firm, which is known for blending contemporary architectural styles with rural vernacular influences, and for sensitivity to the natural landscape of Canada’s Atlantic coast, where the majority of his work is found. The exhibition will include 32 large-scale photographs, 23 beautiful hand-crafted architectural models, and one custom-designed architectural enclosure by Omar Gandhi Architects.

“I'm honored to showcase our studio's work for the first time, curated by John Leroux. Our exhibition captures a moment in our studio's evolution, offering introspection into our architectural journey. We aim to make architecture relatable and enjoyable, emphasizing its functional and emotional aspects, inviting the public to connect with our creations.” Says Omar Gandhi, owner of Omar Gandhi Architects.

John Leroux, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, himself a retired architect, acknowledges that "the recent work by Omar Gandhi Architects is some of the most innovative and exciting architectural designs to have ever come out of Atlantic Canada. It is no surprise to me that Omar and his office are held in such high international regard. They care deeply about people, place, and the craft of building.”

Creativity from Adversity: The 1902 Keough Wall Paintings, organized in collaboration with Kings Landing, features large paintings were found on the walls of the third-floor attic of the Keough Family home in Blackville, New Brunswick. The eldest son, John, suffering from tuberculosis in 1902, was isolated there for many months, and possibly several years. John’s response was to paint the plaster walls, doors, blinds, and anything handy. The results are fascinating: paintings of explorers, historic figures, and women he was rumored to have lovingly admired.

Escape: Art from New Brunswick's Internment Camp curated in partnership with Dr. Todd Caissie, Director of the NB Internment Camp Museum who will be at the gallery to give a presentation on the exhibition at 3 PM before the opening. Originally, B70 Internment Camp about 25 miles outside Fredericton was home to German and Austrian Jews who fled the Nazis during the Second World War. Later, it became a prisoner-of-war camp. Escape presents a collection of artworks that explore the metaphorical escape from the painful reminders of internment behind barbed wire.

New Brunswick artists Jennifer Pazienza and Paul Édouard Bourque will also be at the Beaverbrook to open their two-person exhibition Vision & Dialogue. The artists celebrate the power of conversation in Vision & Dialogue that features their distinct and complementary views on painting and drawing, landscape, and portraiture. At once critical and poetic, themes of identity and of explicit and implied human presence infuse their unique compositional styles. Place, friendship, and the fluidity of time punctuate the narrative threads of this dynamic duet exhibition.

wesuwe-tpelomosu, curated by Emma Hassencahl-Perley, examines modern matriarchy from examples of Indigenous women's leadership, self-determination, and activism within their families and communities. In Wolastoqey latuwewakon, wesuwe-tpelomosu translates to "returning to a former condition in being responsible for oneself.”

Featuring the art of Lisa-Maude Aubin, Shirley Bear, Chief Lady Bird, Catherine Blackburn, Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier), Vienna Francis (Sanipass), Larissa Kitchemonia, Caroline Monnet, David Neel, and Roger Simon, this group exhibition considers the gendered experiences of Indigenous mothers and grandmothers and how they utilize their voices to rally against settler colonialism.

The public is invited to view all these exhibitions, along with the many other excellent exhibitions that are opening this month listed above, during a free opening on Saturday, October 28th from 4 to 6 PM. Visitors can view the new exhibitions, enjoy refreshments from the Daily Espresso café, and browse our gift shop. No RSVP is necessary.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contacts

Rachel Forrestall

Marketing Coordinator

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: Rachel.forrestall@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB – September 7, 2023) The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce a major donation of Canadian and International art from the late Mark Schwartz that will now be part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

Mr. Schwartz, of Montreal, Quebec, was a patron and generous donor to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery over many years. Several months before he passed, he generously offered the Beaverbrook one of the most significant and broad collections of art that the gallery has received.

“We are very thankful to the late Mr. Schwartz for his generous gift to the gallery.” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director, Tom Smart. “We are honoured to be the recipient of such a significant selection of art and we know the public will be pleased to see these new additions to our collection.”

Featuring postwar Canadian and International works of art, the donation includes works from Canadian artists Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Anne Kahane, Bill Vazan, Charles Daudelin, Jean Dallaire, Armand Vaillancourt, and Mark Prent. Two important American Pop artists in the collection of donated works are Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann. Rounding out the gift are international artists Jean Cocteau, R.B. Kitaj, and Karel Appel.

“It's exceptionally rare to receive this donation of works of this calibre. Mr. Schwartz’s legacy will live on in our collection. Works in this donation are an excellent showcase of postwar works. Of particular interest is “Transformateur Rythmique” by Claude Tousignant, a Canadian artist whose work is critical to the modern art history of Canada.” says John Leroux, the gallery’s Manager of Collection and Exhibitions. “The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa has a large "Gong" painting by Tousignant that is always displayed, and now we have one in our collection. The painting is now displayed in our Canadian gallery.”

Many of the other pieces from the donation will be installed over the next few weeks in the Beaverbrook’s permanent galleries for the public to view and enjoy.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to open on November 9th a travelling installation from Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre based on the beloved children’s book, “Goodnight Moon: A Rhythm, a Tempo.”

Montreal-based contemporary artist Matthew-Robin Nye has created this solo art installation to reflect many of the elements in the children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown. It is a full-scale replica of the story’s famous room, exact to the last detail including “a tiny toy house and a young mouse, a comb, and a brush and a bowl full of mush and a quiet old lady who was whispering ‘hush’.”

John Leroux, the Beaverbrook’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions says that he was “enchanted and filled with wonder and child-like excitement the first time I saw the immersive ‘Goodnight Moon’ installation in St. Andrews. I immediately knew that we had to bring it to Fredericton to share with our public of all ages – even if it was only possible for a few weeks.”

“Sunbury Shores is delighted that the art installation, originally created by artist Matthew-Robin Nye for St Andrews, will be available for more New Brunswickers to experience,” said Caroline Walker, Sunbury Shores’ Artistic Director.

The installation is intended to foster curiosity, dialogue, and – hopefully – understanding of the book and its underlying message of finding deeper meaning in what is before our eyes. Visitors are encouraged to walk through and interact with the installation which will be on display in the Harriet Irving Gallery space from November 9 until November 28, 2022.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contacts

Curtis Richardson

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

Caroline Walker

Artistic Director

Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre

139 Water St., St Andrews, NB E5B 1A7

Email: artistic-director@sunburyshores.org

www.sunburyshores.org

(Fredericton, New Brunswick, August 16, 2022) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce that its major construction project dedicated to the late Harrison McCain will be unveiled to the public on September 10th. The unveiling of the Harrison McCain Pavilion will be followed by an afternoon of celebrations and will be accompanied by a weekend-long, stunning light show.

“Construction on the Harrison McCain Pavilion began in 2019 with the goal of creating a fully accessible, 10,000 square foot expansion to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery that would dramatically change the streetscape of Queen Street, honoring the legacy and generosity of Harrison McCain”, says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Board Chair, Jamie Irving.

The striking large pillars and floor to ceiling glass windows invite the public into the community space, conceived as “Fredericton’s living room,” where visitors can find the Beaverbrook café operated by Chess Piece, the gift shop, an inviting fireplace, and plenty of seating to enjoy congregating in a communal space.

“We are very excited to welcome the public to view the newest expansion to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery,” says Director and CEO, Tom Smart. “The Harrison McCain Pavilion is breathtaking. This comfortable, spacious addition to our gallery is a contemporary take on the existing architecture in the city.”

An afternoon of celebrations will kick off on Saturday September 10th at 12 PM, free of charge, with an Elder blessing, drumming, and a dancing program with Possesom Paul and his students, followed by the Fredericton High School Band, finishing with speeches and a ribbon cutting. Art activities will take place throughout the gallery beginning at 2 PM, led by artists from communities throughout the province. Artists Deanna Musgrave, James Wilson, and Donald Stuart will be in their gallery spaces. Guided tours of the gallery will also be available. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio and visit Natasha Sacobie and check out her quillwork project. Passersby downtown will also be able to view a spectacular light show by Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy that will be shown on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Families will love the activities that our team has put together in coordination with many New Brunswick artists,” says Adda Mihailescu. “There will be something for everybody, we’re very excited to celebrate the Harrison McCain Pavilion opening with the community.”

Many exhibitions will be on view at the time of the opening, ranging from selections from the permanent collection, in addition to several temporary exhibitions, including Deanna Musgrave: Transcendence; Donald Stuart: Homage; Andrew Steeves: Wood Type; Wabanaki Modern: The artistic legacy of the 1960s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen”; Cathy Ross: Minister’s Island in Small Pieces; and James Wilson: Social Studies. You’ll also see some works of art that have never been shown before, including extraordinary collections of recently acquired artworks by Miller Brittain and Mary Pratt.

John Leroux, the Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, says that “when we throw open our doors on September 10th, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will share as strong a display of artworks as we’ve had in a generation. We are so excited to present many new works we’ve been recently given – some of international importance – as well as many of our beloved masterworks that the public has longed to see for many years.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery thanks all of its members, supporters, and those who provided financial support from the public and private sectors that made the Harrison McCain Pavilion addition possible. Tom Smart says, “This project reflects the collective efforts of so many dedicated individuals and organizations that came together to create an extraordinary, fully accessible public space for the enjoyment of art and creativity. A special thank you to the McCain family, who have been dedicated patrons of the Beaverbrook for many years.”

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Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen” was made possible thanks to support from TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment and Canada Council for the Arts.

Donald Stuart: Homage is sponsored by CI Investments.

James Wilson: Social Studies is supported by Commercial Properties Ltd.

The Opening of the Harrison McCain Pavilion has been made possible with support from The Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Bird Construction Group, RBC, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, the City of Fredericton, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of New Brunswick - Tourism, Heritage, and Culture.

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, New Brunswick, July 12, 2022) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce that a permanent gallery space dedicated to the rich legacy and continuing energy of visual arts at Mount Allison University is now open to the public.

The faculty and graduates of the Fine Arts department in Sackville, NB, helped foster one of the most important art institutions in Canada. From its founding in the mid-19th century to the present day, many of Canada’s most beloved and respected artists have taught at the Mount Allison School of Fine Arts or have graduated from its program. We are honored to present many of these significant individuals and their works in a new 1,000-square-foot gallery space, rotating the works and artists periodically to keep the narrative vibrant for visitors.

The list of artists presently shown includes such luminaries as: Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, Christopher Pratt, Tom Forrestall, Stanley Royle, John Hammond, Thaddeus Holownia, Christian McKiel, Lawren P. Harris, and Dawn MacNutt. Special attention will be paid to the works of Christopher and Mary Pratt, as the gallery has been recently enriched with substantial donations of the artists’ works, and to honour their longstanding connection with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Of particular significance is a recent purchase by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Mary Pratt’s iconic 1969 painting Supper Table, a stunning work that will be on permanent display in the new gallery space. The painting depicts the moment right after their family meal was over, the table filled with dishes, glasses, condiment bottles, and leftover food items. The painting was the first instance where the artist used slides to capture a fleeting moment which would have been lost moments later. It is considered Mary Pratt’s first masterpiece. This major acquisition by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is accompanied by various sketches, drawings, and prints from the artists’ estate that will also be on display in the new space.

John Leroux, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, says that “Supper Table is a crucial work in Mary Pratt’s lifelong quest for depicting the magical and ephemeral effects of light and colour. Here, she gives a spread of seemingly mundane dining table objects an air of majesty and gravitas. She turns a simple bottle of ketchup into a jewel-like prism of ruby red light.” Leroux considers the painting “one of the most important artworks in recent Canadian history.”

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

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