China’s Renowned Photographers Focus on China,’ a photographic exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, tells the story of a country’s robust transformation over 60 years

By Kate Wallace, The Telegraph Journal, Saturday March 27th, 2010

An exhibition of 100 black-and-white photographs at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery tells the story of the breakneck speed of China’s transformation over the last 60 years.

“You get to see it right from the oxcart to the car,” Gary Wood, executive director of the Confucius Institute of New Brunswick, which promotes Chinese language and culture and is one of the show’s sponsors, says.

“It shows education reform, it shows industrial reform, it shows cultural reform. It’s a breathtaking exhibition.”

China’s Renowned Photographers Focus on China is taken from the book by the same name featuring 362 images by 248 photographers. The China Daily, the country’s largest English newspaper, launched it in Beijing in June.

The exhibition has six stops, including Victoria, Waterloo, Ont., Toronto, New York and Washington, D.C.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!

Saturday April 24, 2010

Fredericton, New Brunswick, March 24, 2010 — Company’s coming, but you don’t know who. You’re out for dinner, but you don’t know where. What is clear is that the Beaverbrook Art Gallery benefits from this classic Fredericton fund-raiser, and participants get to enjoy an interesting evening together.

Now in its 6th year, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner has some of the city’s finest cooks preparing special meals on April 24, and opening their homes to people who have bought the event tickets. The Gallery sorts out who will eat where, balancing things like food and pet allergies to create interesting groupings of dinner guests.

Investors Group is the presenting sponsor of the event, helping raise funds for the Gallery’s programs. The evening begins with a champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres at the Gallery, where hosts and guests mingle and enjoy music, all the while wondering who among the gathering will be their dinner companions.

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Artist donates painting for fundraiser

Tuesday March 2nd, 2010

One lucky winner will be the proud owner of a Michael Khoury painting in April.

The New Brunswick artist has donated his painting called Spiritual Fantasy I to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to be raffled off during the upcoming Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraiser reception April 24.

The painting is on display at the gallery, and tickets are available for $10 per ticket or three for $20.

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China’s Renowned Photographers Focus on China

March 27 – April 4, 2010

An exhibition of 100 black and white photographs which showcase modern, everyday life in the People’s Republic of China and the changes it has undergone since 1949. The photos, many of which have never before been on exhibition, depict all of China’s provinces. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is only one of four Canadian locations hosting this exhibition. It also travels to Toronto, Waterloo and Victoria as well as New York and Washington D.C.

China’s Renowned Photographers Focus on China is sponsored by the China Daily and AKD International Inc. and co-sponsored by the NB Department of Education and the Confucius Institute of New Brunswick.   

For more information contact Laurie Glenn Norris at (506) 458-2024 or

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Events Calendar for March 10–16, 2010

Thursday March 11, 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.

Students will feel engaged and inspired to create in these comfortable and fun evening classes. Participants will work with anything from paints, inks, pastels, clay, charcoal, mixed media and salvaged objects.  Paintings and drawings will make way for sculptures and collage. Marcus believes in bringing creativity and thought out of all his students, no matter what level of artistic ability. If you would like to sharpen skills you already have or simply play with color and line, join us on Thursday evenings at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. ”

  • 7PM – Ex Libris: The Gallery Reading Group

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

Serving up dinner, friendship and funds for the gallery

By ALEXANDRA DAVIS /                             The Daily Gleaner – Monday March 1st, 2010

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is hosting the ultimate surprise dinner party.

April 24 marks the gallery’s sixth annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraiser.

The evening will begin at the gallery around 5:30 p.m. with a champagne reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, live music, an auction and a raffle for a Michael Khoury painting.

At the end of the reception, ticket holders will be given the name of their host, and will go to that person’s home for a dinner party.

The guest and host matches remain a secret to everyone until the last minute; the host doesn’t know who’s coming and the guests don’t know where they’re going.

Bernard Riordon, CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and co-chair of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraiser, said the event is a great chance for the gallery to reach out to the community.

“It relates to the gallery’s mission, which is to bring art and the community together, as well as our vision, which is to enrich life through art,” Riordon said. “It’s the idea of interacting with the art but also interacting with people, all while raising money for the gallery.”

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