Gallery closed tonight – Galerie fermee ce soir

Please note that due to the ongoing Revitalization Project Phase I the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be closing today at 5:30 PM and not remaining open until 9PM as is usual on Thursdays. In addition the Thursday Night Art Session of Adults will not be held this evening.

The Gallery will be open to the public on Friday February 26, 2010 from 9AM – 5:30PM.

The Gallery regrets any inconvenience that this may cause. Thank you.


S.V.P. notez que la Galerie d’art Beaverbrook sera fermée au public ce soir, jeudi le 25 février, a partir de 17h30, et ne restera donc pas ouverte jusqu’à 21h00 comme d’habitude, par raison du travail de la 1ère phase du projet de revitalization. En plus, la session d’art hebdomadaire pour adultes est annulée ce soir.

La Galerie sera ouvert de nouveau au public le vendredi 26 février, 2010 se 9h00 à 17h30.

La Galerie présente ses excuses pour tout inconvénient que ceci pourrait causer. Merci.

Gallery Closure

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO PHASE 1 OF THE REVITALIZATION PROJECT THE BEAVERBROOK ART GALLERY WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAY MARCH 2, 2010.

Please contact the Gallery at (506) 458-2024 or (506) 458-2028 or click on to the Gallery blog from the main page of the website www.beaverbrookartgallery.org for updates concerning opening hours during this construction period.

THE GALLERY APOLOGIZES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THAT THIS MAY CAUSE. Thank you.

Out of the BAG!

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery Goes Downtown!

Join us for an early evening celebration of your Gallery on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by our hosts, Doug Williams and Shane Fraser, proprietors of the Garrison District Alehouse, 426 Queen Street, located in the historic downtown Fredericton.

Learn more about the benefits of supporting your Gallery through Corporate Membership.

New Corporate Memberships secured at the event will be entered into a draw for a beautiful (framed) Richard Flynn print celebrating the Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in September 2009.

Meet our staff, volunteers, and the local business community to find out how the Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.

Please RSVP your attendance to

Randa Doche, Programming and Development Assistant,

by Tuesday, February 23, 2010

E-mail: rdoche@beaverbrookartgallery.org

Telephone: (506) 458-0970

Ex Libris: The Gallery Reading Group

Thursday March 11, 2010 at 7PM

Making the Mummies Dance by Thomas Hoving

This is Thomas Hoving’s account of the trials and tribulations of his 13 years as the head of New York’s Metropolitan Museum. Hoving virtually invented the blockbuster exhibition, most fatuously with The Treasures of Tutankhamen. His book is about the sleazy, sub-reptilian world of the administration of America’s greatest art museum. –National Review

Moderator Bernard Riordon, O.C. is Director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

11th Annual Christina Sabat Memorial Lecture Series

Thursday April 15, 2010 – 7pm

Speaker for 2010 is the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD.

About the lecture series:

To encourage practicing artists, writers, critics and curators to present their work in a context that serves as a focus for related practices in the community, including exhibitions, screenings, electronic media, performances, publications and readings.

About Christina Sabat (1942-1998):

Christina Sabat was widely respected and influential in Atlantic Canada’s arts community.  She stressed the importance of creating a dialogue between cultural practice and the audience.  To a significant degree, she undertook that task in her critical writings by supporting regional artists and issues, and by challenging community awareness of the arts both at the political and institutions levels.  She fought to place ideas from the local scene within a broad national and international context, encouraging the artists and the public to actively seek an involvement beyond the confines of the region.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Events Calendar for February 17 – February 23, 2010

Thursday February 18, 2010

  • 7PM-9 PM – Thursday Night ART sessions for adults.

Fredericton artist Marcus Kingston will instruct the Gallery’s popular Thursday Night ART sessions for adults. The classes are held from 7 PM to 9 PM each Thursday evening.

  • 5 PM – 7PM (Please note correct time) Shirley Bear Book Launch

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is launching its newest publication, Nekt wikuhpon ehpit: One There lived a Woman: The Painting, Poetry and Politics of Shirley Bear/ Il était une fois une femme: La peinture, la poésie et la politique de Shirley Bear, written by curator and deputy director, Terry Graff.

Come and meet Shirley Bear and get a copy of this compelling look at her life and career. $19.95 + HST with a discount for Gallery members.

For more information contact Adda Mihailescu at (506) 458-2032 or lglenn@beaverbrookartgallery.org

Beaverbrook Art Gallery to Launch Newest Publication on February 18, 2010

Nekt wikuhpon ehpit, Once there lived a woman: The Painting, Poetry and Politics of Shirley Bear on sale now


Fredericton, NB February 12, 2010 — On Thursday, February 18 from 5- 7PM the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will launch its latest publication,  Nekt wikuhpon ehpit Once there lived a woman: The Painting, Poetry and Politics of Shirley Bear, an exhibition catalogue written by curator and deputy director, Terry Graff, with accompanying essays by Susan Crean and Carol Taylor.

During the launch both Ms. Bear and Mr. Graff with be available to sign copies of the publication and speak about the creation of the publication which is a complement to a major exhibition of the same name which was exhibited at the Gallery last year. Like the exhibition, the catalogue is devoted to the life’s work of senior New Brunswick artist Shirley (minqwon-minqwon) Bear. Born in the Negootiook (Tobique) First Nation Community in 1936, Bear is a member of the Maliseet First Nation and an original member of the Wabanaki Language group of New Brunswick.

Nekt wikuhpon ehpit Once there lived a woman: The Painting, Poetry and Politics of Shirley Bear chronicles the sources, inspiration, and personal circumstances that have shaped Bear’s visual art, poetry, and political activism, and presents the integral relationship amongst these important activities in her life. Countering the invisible silent status ascribed to Aboriginal women by patriarchal history and convention, the artist’s primary focus is the recovery of the essential feminine role in the ancestral life of First Nations culture, and as a central, if repressed, part of the human story. It is filled with a variety of images of women, images that are sometimes symbolic, sometimes archetypal, and sometimes representative of actual women.

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Christopher Pratt: Prints from the Permanent Collection

February 5, 2010 – April 1, 2010

Christopher Pratt is one of Canada’s best known and most respected visual artists. His meticulous paintings and serigraph prints, which transform familiar scenery and architecture of the Atlantic region into evocative, archetypal symbols, are characterized by calculated precision and consummate geometric design. Compositional structure is simplified, details are omitted, and minimal colour is used to create a cool, serene mood. An enigmatic, haunting quality prompts an existential reading, and for some art historians, links Pratt to a school of “Atlantic Magic Realism”, which includes Tom Forrestall and Alex Colville.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enjoys the distinction of owning the most extensive public collection in the country of Pratt’s serigraph prints, most of which were generously donated by Mr. James Coutts in memory of Peter McCain. This exhibition highlights 24 prints from an outstanding 52-piece collection, and focuses on the artist’s consistent preoccupation with particular subject matter: clapboard houses, boats, and seascapes. Continue reading

Shirley Bear Book Launch

On Thursday, February 18th, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is launching its newest publication, Nekt wikuhpon ehpit: One There lived a Woman: The Painting, Poetry and Politics of Shirley Bear/ Il était une fois une femme: La peinture, la poésie et la politique de Shirley Bear, written by curator and deputy director, Terry Graff.

Come and meet Shirley Bear and get a copy of this compelling look at her life and career.

$19.95 + HST with a discount for Gallery members.

For more information contact Adda Mihailescu at (506) 458-2032 or lglenn@beaverbrookartgallery.org