After 50 years, iconic Salvador Dali painting leaves Beaverbrook gallery

The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, June 23, 2010

By James Adams

For the first time, Santiago El Grande will be on loan

Salvador Dali’s painting Santiago El Grande has been pretty much the first thing visitors see at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery since the gallery’s doors opened in Fredericton in the fall of 1959.

Anything 408 centimetres tall by 305 cm would be hard to miss, of course. Yet Santiago El Grande also packs a decided visual wallop, courtesy of Dali’s almost psychedelic depiction of Spain’s patron saint, a muscular James of Compostella, mounted on a rearing white steed, escorting the risen Christ to heaven as an atomic-bomb mushroom cloud billows in the distance.

The signature work of the Beaverbrook, the Dali has understandably been a big “ask” from major galleries around the world. But in every instance requests for its loan have been turned down. Until this year, that is.

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Wolastoq (Beau fleuve) : Le projet du fleuve Saint-Jean

Un regard artistique sur la beauté et la signification du fleuve Saint-Jean

Fredericton (Nouveau-Brunswick) le 22 juin 2010

La Galerie d’art Beaverbrook est fière de présenter Wolastoq (Beau fleuve) : Le projet du fleuve Saint-Jean, une exposition à grande échelle qui explore de multiples facettes (esthétiques, géographiques, historiques, sociologiques, environnementales et culturelles) du fleuve Saint-Jean à travers la lentille d’œuvres d’art historiques et contemporaines réalisées par des artistes visuels du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Le majestueux fleuve Saint-Jean est l’un des plus grands cours d’eau au Canada, et l’une des plus longues rivières de la région Atlantique (673 km). Prenant sa source dans l’extrémité nord de l’état américain du Maine, le fleuve est un élément vital de la vie au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il traverse le cœur de la province et relie plus d’une centaine de collectivités. Appelée Wolastoq (Beau fleuve) par les premiers habitants à avoir établi des campements le long de ses berges, les Wolastoqiyik, ou Malécites (Peuple du beau fleuve), la rivière a été renommée, le 24 juin 1604, en l’honneur de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, jour où l’expédition de Samuel de Champlain a jeté l’ancre dans son embouchure, sur la baie de Fundy.

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Wolastoq (Beautiful River): The St. John River Project

Artists explore beauty and cultural meaning of the St. John River

Fredericton, New Brunswick June 22, 2010

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to present Wolastoq (Beautiful River) : The St. John River Project, a large-scale exhibition that explores the multiple aesthetic, geographical, historical, sociological, environmental, and cultural meanings of the St. John River through the lens of contemporary and historic works of art by a cross-section of New Brunswick’s visual artists.

The majestic St. John River is one of North America’s greatest waterways and the longest river in the Canadian Atlantic region (673 km). Arising from the northern reaches of the American state of Maine, it is the lifeblood of New Brunswick, flowing through the heartland of the province and connecting over one hundred communities. Called Wolastoq (Beautiful River) by the Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet (People of the Beautiful River), the original inhabitants who had camped along its banks for centuries, its name was changed on June 24, 1604, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, when the colonizing expedition of Samuel de Champlain dropped anchor at the mouth of the river on the Bay of Fundy.

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Art for Tots

Fun and engaging creative art sessions for young children*!!!!

with Jane Stewart, M.Ed.

*adult accompanies children

WHERE: The Education Centre, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Downtown Fredericton

WHEN: Friday mornings, 11:00 – 11:45 A.M., starting June 4

LIMIT: 6 children / session

FEE: BAG Members: Free / Non-members: Adult admission fee ($8)

These hands-on sessions  for the very young (ages 2 – 4)  will engage your child in the discovery of art and ‘having-a-go’ at art making,  storytelling and creating art to music.   A combination of Gallery Tour and Gallery Art Studio experiences will be offered using The Reggio Approach in this unique learning opportunity.

Please register by calling 458-2028

For more information: adda@beaverbrookartgallery.org