Begin 2010 with Art!

Happy New Year from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery!

Bonne Année de la Galerie d’art Beaverbrook!

Friday January 1, 2010 – 12 Noon – 2PM

2nd Annual New Year’s Levee

Come visit the Gallery, ring in the New Year, greet old friends and meet new ones. Refreshments will be served.

Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Print by Tom Forrestall, ONS, CM

Print Source:

So Many Look and So Few See (2009)

Size: 20” x 30”     Medium: Lithograph – 5-Colour (Edition of 50)
Master printer: Jacques Arseneault
Price: $1,000 unframed.

This limited edition lithograph is a commemorative print by internationally recognized Canadian artist, Tom Forrestall, ONS, CM, and has been created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  The print is titled, So Many Look and So Few See, a reference to Lord Beaverbrook and his vision in establishing a world-class gallery for New Brunswick and Canada in Fredericton.  The artist worked directly for Lord Beaverbrook when the Gallery opening in 1959 and he remembers the effect that this personal contact had on him as an artist.  Tom remembers Beaverbrook’s bushy eyebrows, hair on his face and the impression of his eyes as are now expressed in the lithograph.

For many years Forrestall has had affiliations with ‘eyes’ in his drawings, sketches and paintings and the ‘eyes’ are normally many times life-size.  While the artist has had affiliations with other objects such as arrows, balls and spears, the “eye” has always been a consistent motif.  As Tom says in reference to the current lithograph and Lord Beaverbrook, “So many look and so few see”, Tom is expressing the passion that Lord Beaverbrook had for New Brunswick and Canada and his gift of the Gallery and its contents to the people of the Province.”

Bernard Riordon, O.C.

October 12, 2009

For purchase information, please contact Sarah Dick at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery 506-458-2021

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery Holiday Season Hours 2009

Holiday Season Hours 2009

On December 24 and December 31, 2009 the Gallery open hours are 9AM to 3PM – Closed December 25

On January 1, 2010 – New Year’s Levee open 12 Noon- 2 PM only – everyone welcome

All other days it is hours as usual:

Monday: 9AM- 5:30PM

Tuesday: 9AM- 5:30PM

Wednesday: 9AM- 5:30PM

Thursday: 9AM- 9PM (“pay as you wish” from 5:30 PM- 9PM)

Friday: 9AM- 5:30PM

Saturday: 9AM- 5:30PM

Sundays & Holidays: 12 Noon- 5:30PM


From now through January 1, 2010 – there is a 15% discount on all 50th anniversary products in shop inventory – members’ discount still applies. Perfect for holidays gifts and stocking stuffers!!!

We also carry a great selection of art* created by Atlantic Canadian Artists including:

  • Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Print by Tom Forrestall – So Many Look and So Few See, 2009 – 5-colour lithograph – edition of 50 /$1,000 unframed
  • Richard Flynn Reproduction Prints – Richard has captured the precise moment of our 50th anniversary on September 16, 2009 and now you can bring it home! $100 unframed
  • *These commemorative prints are not included in the 15% off sale

Openings: Recipes for Art – Available Now!

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery has always been known for its great art, and the exhibition opening receptions have always been accompanied by great food. Many people attending these events over the years have asked, “Can I get the recipe for this, it’s delicious?”

Well, now all secrets are out! The publication of Openings, Recipes for Art: 50 Years of Special Events at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery by home economist, educator and veteran Gallery volunteer Marg Routledge celebrates the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary. Now everyone can enjoy the beverages, breads, dips and patés, cheeses, desserts, and more so carefully prepared by the Gallery’s Special Events Committee over the years.

As well as all the time-tested recipes, Ms. Routledge has included charming histories on entertaining at the Gallery, such as the Lord Beaverbrook approved menu for the 1959 black tie dinner which celebrated its opening. Also included are parties in the 1980s, the formation of the special events committee and the latest fundraising venture, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Judith Budovitch, C.M., past chairwoman and current board member of the Gallery’s Board of Governors stated, “How fortunate the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has been to have Marg Routledge, a well-known New Brunswick cookbook author, on its Board of Governors at the time of its 50th anniversary. With this beautifully compiled cookbook, Marg has given the Gallery a 50th anniversary gift of its culinary past.”

Ms. Routledge says of her decision to write the book, “Cooking is not just about food preparation – it is an art of working with fresh ingredients, discovering one’s own creativity and style and the joy of sharing the culinary masterpiece with friends. The pleasure received from working with dedicated volunteers on the Special Events Committees at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery inspired me to use the gifts of time and talents to develop a recipe book which celebrates 50 years of social gatherings at the Gallery. ”

Funds from the sale of Openings, Recipes for Art will be used for programming at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Impressionist Works from the National Gallery of Canada Masterworks

September 16, 2009 – January 4, 2010

Impressionism was a nineteenth-century art movement that began as a loose association of several Paris-based artists who chose to paint outdoors (en plein air), recording the transient conditions of light, colour and atmosphere, as well as their individual sensations before nature. Although initially confronted by public attitudes of shock and rejection, today Impressionism is possibly the most popular and beloved of all painting styles, and viewed as one of the most significant and revolutionary of art move-ments. No history of modern art could be written without reference to its groundbreaking impact on the development of the visual arts and on the way we have come to perceive the world.
Several years ago, the National Gallery of Canada toured a selection of its exquisite collection of paintings by some of the leading artists associated with the Impressionist movement. These works, which have rarely been viewed outside of their home in Ottawa, were enjoyed by thousands of people in several provinces of the country. Unfortunately, however, this national blockbuster was not seen in the province of New Brunswick.
Although not an exact replication of the original touring exhibition, the National Gallery has generously consented to loan ten of its important Impressionist masterworks for presentation at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2009 in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is the only venue in Canada that will host this prestigious grouping of paintings by such iconic artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cezanne. And, as a complement to this outstanding exhibition, we are proud to present several additional Impressionist masterworks from both the European and Canadian collections of our very own Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Curator: Terry Graff

Children’s Winter Art Camps Make Great Gifts: The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Annual Winter Art Camps Perfect for Budding Visual Artists

This year give the children in your life the gift of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s annual Children’s Winter Art Camps offer unlimited opportunities to be imaginative, creative, and adventurous with art. Instructed by artist Kimberly Herron the winter art camps are held on December 28, 29 and 30 with classes in drawing, painting and clay sculpture inspired by the works of art on exhibition.

The winter art camps are for ages 5 to 12 and are held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day.

Fees are $30 per day for members and $35 per day for non members.

To register for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Children’s Winter Art Camps contact the Gallery front desk at (506) 458-2028 or

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Held Opening Reception for New Sculpture Garden and Art Bank Exhibition

Fredericton, New Brunswick December 7, 2009 — The Beaverbrook Art Gallery unveiled the first sculpture in the Legacy Sculpture Garden on December 4. The 25 ton/25,000 kilos granite sculpture, The Birth of Venus, was commissioned to New Brunswick Artist André Lapointe.  The unveiling marked the final event of the Gallery’s 2009 anniversary year

Director and CEO Bernard Riordon O.C. states that the creation and installation of Lapointe’s work is a fitting finale to the Gallery’s anniversary year. “The Gallery’s 50th anniversary has provided an opportunity to celebrate the Gallery’s glorious past, revitalize the Gallery and prepare for the future. The Lapointe sculpture and the Gallery’s permanent collection are central to that revitalization.”

“The unveiling of this sculpture is just the beginning of more inspirational public art that we have to look forward to in this Legacy Sculpture Garden,” said Mayor Brad Woodside.  “This is a fitting way to mark both the Beaverbrook’s 50th Anniversary and Fredericton’s designation as a Cultural Capital.”

The Birth of Venus is made of Black Cambrien and Grey Stanstead Granite and is approximately 12 feet/3.66 metres in height. At once representational and abstract, contemporary and traditional, the work was commissioned earlier this year to mark the Gallery’s 50th anniversary and the designation of the City of Fredericton as a 2009 Cultural Capital of Canada.

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery Calendar of Events for December 2-8, 2009

Thursday December 3 – 7PM-9PM

  • Thursday Night ART Session with artist Kimberley Herron

Friday December 4 –

  • 20% off Holiday Sale – All Gallery shop merchandise is 20% off – and membership discounts still apply! 

  • 12 Noon – meet at the Gallery front foyer – Annual Bridge Walk in support of the Fredericton Food Bank. Contact Laurie Glenn Norris for more information (506) 458-2024 or

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