Gallery exhibit to celebrate greatest benefactor

“We are looking into what’s available to tell Beaverbrook’s story,” Terry Graff, the deputy director and chief curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, said Wednesday. “We thought the timing was really great to honour the legacy of our founder.

“The fact that he is receiving the Order of New Brunswick is an occasion to celebrate.”

To read more about the upcoming exhibition and Lord Beaverbrook’s legacy in New Brunswick, click here for Marty Klinkenberg’s article  in the Telegraph Journal.

Karen Ruet writes about our River Cantatas exhibition:

To start their St. John River journey, Mykka and Belanger opted for total immersion. This was symbolic, but really allowed for them to be one with the river. You can almost hear the artists jumping in, the silence underwater, rush of emerging again into the air. Listen.

– Karen Ruet

Click here to read more in The Daily Gleaner, or click here to see the exhibition description for the show.

River Cantatas: Lance Belanger and Kitty Mykka continues until January 8, 2012.

Drinks with Dalí – October edition / Un verre avec Dalí – l’édition d’octobre

Drinks with Dalí

October 20, 2011, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Learn more about what your Gallery has to offer!
Free admission

20% off of new memberships and renewals!
Free tours of the Gallery’s amazing collection and visiting exhibitions
Free Spanish inspired appetizers courtesy of the Garrison District Ale House
Cash bar featuring Picaroons beer!
Music by Linsay Morgan:

Solo acoustic artist and pop alt performer, Linsay Morgan’s performances are greatly varied, drawing from a vast array of music genres in addition to her own original material.

Drinks with Dali poster - October 20

Un verre avec Dalí

le 20 octobre, 17 h 00 à 19 h 00

Profitez d’une belle occasion pour en apprendre plus sur votre Galerie!
Entrée libre

20 % de rabais sur les nouvelles adhésions et les renouvellements!
Visites sans frais de la collection merveilleuse de la Galerie et des expositions en tournée
Hors d’œuvres à l’espagnole gracieusement offerts par la Garrison District Ale House
Bar avec les bières Picaroons en vedette
Musique par Linsay Morgan:

Interprète acoustique de la musique alternative, Linsay Morgan s’inspire de nombreux genres musicaux ainsi que de ses propres compositions pour nous offrir de prestations uniques et variées.

 

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Drinks with Dalí – October edition / Un verre avec Dalí – l’édition d’octobre

Drinks with Dalí

October 20, 2011, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Learn more about what your Gallery has to offer!
Free admission

20% off of new memberships and renewals!
Free tours of the Gallery’s amazing collection and visiting exhibitions
Free Spanish inspired appetizers courtesy of the Garrison District Ale House
Music by Linsay Morgan:

Solo acoustic artist and pop alt performer, Linsay Morgan’s performances are greatly varied, drawing from a vast array of music genres in addition to her own original material. 

Un verre avec Dalí

le 20 octobre, 17 h 00 à 19 h 00

Profitez d’une belle occasion pour en apprendre plus sur votre Galerie!
Entrée libre

20 % de rabais sur les nouvelles adhésions et les renouvellements!
Visites sans frais de la collection merveilleuse de la Galerie et des expositions en tournée
Hors d’œuvres à l’espagnole gracieusement offerts par la Garrison District Ale House
Musique par Linsay Morgan:

Interprète acoustique de la musique alternative, Linsay Morgan s’inspire de nombreux genres musicaux ainsi que de ses propres compositions pour nous offrir de prestations uniques et variées.

Marie Hélène Allain: In the Press / Marie Hélène Allain dans la presse

“Over 40 years, Allain has developed an extraordinary body of work chronicling an intensive dialogue between personal spiritual growth and the transformative processes of elemental nature. Her life-affirming, abstract stone sculptures are containers of memory, embodying lived experience, Acadian cultural heritage and geographic place.”

Terry Graff

“Sister Marie Hélène Allain is a visual poet whose acuity in arranging objects tells us of miraculous truths. Hers is a powerful, reverent voice whose authority compels us to see the world anew just by looking at what constitutes the ground we stand on and world around us. She reaches down to some of the humblest materials of creation; through the gentling of their definitions and forms she gives them a commanding, eternal substantiality that is out of time.”

Tom Smart

 

This past Saturday (October 1st), we opened 6 new shows, including a retrospective exhibition of sculptor Marie Hélène Allain’s work.

For the curious, we’ve collected links to many of the press articles that have appeared recently.

Check them out, then come by the Gallery and check out the show!

If you find yourself in the Moncton area on Thursday October 6, we’re holding our gala in honour of Marie Hélène Allain – click here for details! (détails en francais)

 

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Our sculpting sister: a chisel in one hand, a cross in the other

Published Saturday October 1st, 2011 in the Telegraph-Journal

by Marty Klinkenberg

Teacher, nun and internationally exhibited contemporary sculptor, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent’s Marie Hélène Allain has carved a career for herself like few others and is now being lauded by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as one of our most polished artists.

Marie Hélène Allain steps into the studio where she shapes and polishes raw stones into exquisite works of art behind her residence in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent.

Marie Hélène Allain, right, working on-site at a quarry in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières in 1984 while working on her piece 'Marie-Anne' for Restigouche Gallery in Campbellton. Photo Credit: Submitted

A petite woman of 72, she has been creating masterpieces for four decades, the last 30 years from a tiny workshop in the rural Acadian village where she grew up.

“This is my forklift,” Allain says cheerfully, stepping around a piece of heavy machinery just inside the door. “It can lift up to a ton.”

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The complexity of creation

Published Saturday October 1st, 2011 in the Telegraph-Journal

by Tom Smart

The poetic placement of things next to each other can move the mind and spirit from familiar comfort zones. Objects set in contiguous relationships have the singular capacity of opening up a solemn dialogue, invoking a language with a vocabulary all its own.

The energy radiating from conversations among things can have miraculous properties. It might tell an attentive viewer and listener that however inert we might think something is – a stone, a piece of wood, an iron rod – there is a vital essence that can be unlocked simply by contemplating the elemental beauty of what is before our eyes in all its humble majesty.

Sister Marie Hélène Allain is a visual poet whose acuity in arranging objects tells us of miraculous truths. Hers is a powerful, reverent voice whose authority compels us to see the world anew just by looking at what constitutes the ground we stand on and world around us. She reaches down to some of the humblest materials of creation; through the gentling of their definitions and forms she gives them a commanding, eternal substantiality that is out of time.

Over the course of her life as a sculptor, Allain has worked on the edges of many sculptural movements. Her work owes a debt to the brutalism of form-making that luxuriates in exhibiting the purity of materials. Stone is exalted for its density and patterning. Wood is respectfully exposed and exhibited for the sheer joy of its organic lyricism. Metal gives traces of the forces of fire and forge. The sheer perceptual power of standing in front of one of her sculptural assemblages is due wholly to what it tells the contemplative viewer of their place in the magnificence of creation.

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