A peek at Dragon-Fly Photography Studio’s Masquerade photos!

Masquerade guests — check your emails!

If you were on Dragon-Fly Photography Studio’s list, you should have received an email with instructions on accessing your photos from the Masquerade; please contact us if you were on the list but didn’t get one.

For everyone else, here’s a peek at their wonderful shots from the night after the jump.

(All photos (c) 2012 Dragon-Fly Photograhy Studio, used with permisson. Please contact the photographers for reproduction rights.)

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Lucian Freud: Hotel Bedroom on tour!

Did you know…?

Our well-liked Lucian Freud painting, Hotel Bedroom, is being shown to a new audience all the way in London, UK!

Hotel Bedroom is on loan to the National Portrait Gallery for their exhibition, Lucian Freud: Portraits. The show opened on Thursday, and runs through May 27th.  [Exhibition link]

Interested in seeing the show yourself?

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is coordinating an art trip to London, April 23 to 30, that includes a tour of the exhibition with its curator!

Click here for more details, or contact us today! [Suivez ce lien pour les détails du voyage en francais]
Want to learn more? We’ve collected some of the reviews and press attention the exhibition and artist have received, after the jump.
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Catherine Hale: Beyond the Spirit and The Dust – Charlottetown, PEI

Did you know that Catherine Hale’s show Beyond The Spirit and the Dust is at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre for the Arts? If you’re headed to PEI and missed it here, you should check it out!

 “Hale, a voracious collector, re-configures, recuperates and transforms bits and pieces of discarded material into new and meaningful creations” says Kevin Rice, Director, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and “I am looking forward to seeing her unique pieces on view at the Gallery as I suspect these memento mori works will be intriguing for visitors.”

– http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/news-read-more.php?news=245

Exhibition link:


Masquerade 2012 – Photos!

Well, we certainly had fun at the Gold, Gods, and Glitter Masquerade, and hope all of you did, too!

Jeff Crawford took some photos of the event for us; there are a few below, and more on our Facebook page. If you were there, you might see yourself; if not, maybe these will inspire you to come next time!

(Photos after the jump!)

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Drinks with Dalí / Un verre avec Dalí

Thursday, February 23 5-7pm

  • Learn more about what your Gallery has to offer!
  • Free admission!
  • 20% off new memberships and membership renewals!
  • Free tours of visiting exhibitions and the Gallery’s collection of world-class art
  • Free appetizers courtesy of the Garrison District Ale House
  • Singer/songwriter Tim Walker will give a solo performance including new songs and old favourites from his work with Grand Theft Bus and his latest project, Heat and Lights.

le jeudi 23 février de 17 à 19h

  • 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 des expositions en tournée et de la collection merveilleuse de la Galerie
  • Hors d’oeuvres gracieusement offerts par la Garrison District Ale House
  • Le compositeur-interprète Tim Walker, en solo, interprétera des nouveautés ainsi que des chansons composées pendant ses années avec Grand Theft Bus et pour son dernier projet, Heat and Lights.


Masquerade Interview: Dragon-Fly Photography

We’re now two days away from the big night! (Where did the time go?) One of our interns caught up with the ladies who are carrying the big guns, their cameras – Megan Pauls and Erin Legare of Dragon-Fly Photography. They gave us an intro to what they have planned for their fantastical photo booth at the Masquerade, February 18th.

BAG: Tell us a bit about your studio.

DF: Dragon-Fly Photography Studio was started in 2009 while Erin and I were in our final year at NBCCD.  While in college, we did several projects together and noticed a shared style and love of all things nerdy and fantastical.  We thought it would be immensely fun to open a studio that focussed on fantasy portraiture.  Our work ranges from traditional portraiture to weddings and events, but we have the most fun doing fantasy portrait projects.  We create our surreal background scenes using a combination of hand-crafted miniatures and hand-drawn digital elements, and photograph our clients in costumes, often with elaborate hair and make-up design.  It’s a wonderfully creative process!

BAG: What do you have in store for us at the masquerade?

DF: Last year we made use of this wonderful ornate frame from the Gallery to turn the gala guests into a real work of art.  This year, in keeping with the gold and glittery theme, we’ve got some wonderful rich and sparkly fabrics to create a decadent background to show off everyone’s celestial costumes.  (We’ve also streamlined our set-up, so the line should flow a lot more smoothly!)

BAG: What are you looking forward to the most at the event?

DF: Both Erin and I were blown away last year by the effort everyone put into their costumes.  I think I’m most excited to see how people dress up this new theme.  I’m also quite excited for the opportunity to dress up myself – it’s a great way to chase away the mid-winter blues!

BAG: Will we find you at Boom! for the after party?

DF: Definitely.  Since we’ll be busy photographing for most of the actual event in the Gallery, we’ll be ready to get our dance on at the after party!

With Dragon-Fly Photography Studios’ eye for the fantastical the photo booth is sure to be a great success and a great keepsake! For more information on the artist and their studio you can visit their website at www.dragon-flystudio.ca/index.html

In case you haven’t penciled it into your calendar yet, the masquerade party takes place this Saturday, February 18 from 9:00pm – Midnight. Tickets are 30$; while some tickets still remain we don’t expect them to last long!  

Contact the Front Desk at 458-2028 to buy your ticket today!
All proceeds help support the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s programming

Masquerade inspiration

Still looking for costume inspiration? We found this really neat exhibition on masks from Michigan State University – All kinds of different masks, from ancient to pop culture!

Check it out here: http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/326

(Hint: if you’re looking at the catalogues, clicking the left / right arrows bring up more sets of masks!)

What’s your favourite?


[Don’t forget: There’s only 3 days to go, and we sold out last year — tickets are still available but going fast!]

Turner weekend recap – Masquerade and more!

With so much on the go this weekend, we thought we’d recap and index our Turner posts so far!


Dramatic Reading: James Thomson’s The Castle of Indolence

Join us for this free event Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the Gallery featuing Michael Holmes-Lauder and violinst David Nielson.

Details: https://beaverbrookartgallery.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/the-inspiration-for-j-m-w-turners-masterpiece-the-poem-the-castle-of-indolence-by-james-thomson/

Lecture: Dr. Anne Koval – “All That Glitters is Not Gold: J. M. W. Turner as Alchemist”

Also a free event, this lecture takes place Friday evening at 7:00 PM here at the Gallery.

Details: https://beaverbrookartgallery.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-j-m-w-turner-as-alchemist/

The Main Event! Our Gold, Gods, and Glitter Masquerade

It was so much fun last year, we just had to do it again! Join us for a fancy dress costume ball (formal attire not required, but do feel free to wear a costume in the spirit of the event) at the Gallery on Saturday night, 9 PM to midnight!

With assistance from the NB College of Craft and Design, we’ll turn the space into a divinely decadent experience. The evening features DJ Mizz Maxine, a photo studio by Dragon-Fly photography, cash bar featuring Fredericton’s own Picaroons beer, brilliant face painting by Rusianne (so don’t worry if you run out of time for making a costume), and more!

Tickets are only $30.00, and are selling fast, so get yours today before they’re gone! Tickets are available at our Front Desk – Call 506-458-2028 or email emailbag (at) beaverbrookartgallery.org for more information or to purchase!

Details here:


Plus, check out the hashtag #GoldGodsGlitter on Twitter, or check out the Event on our Facebook page.

The day after: No admission fee all day, 12-5

We’re opening our doors to celebrate our Turner masterwork, and making admission by donation all day! Pay what you wish and taken in the impressive exhibitions we have on right now!

We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors, the Sir James Dunn Foundation and Picaroons Traditional Ales, for helping us make this four day extravaganza a possibility.

Other information:

Need costume inspiration? Looking for background on the event? Interested in Turner’s work?

Here are the posts we’ve published so far as background for the Masquerade:

Behind the Masquerade: A Talk with the Lady in Charge – An interview with the Gallery’s own Adda Mihailescu

Turner and his Fountain of Indolence: A Historical look at The Fountain of Indolence, and the man behind it.

Feb. 17 update: Masquerade Interview: Dragon-Fly Photography – An interview with the two artists behind our fasntastic(al) photo booth!

Looking for costumes?

We’ve heard that Jingler’s has some fancy dresses out to give our guests a starting point!

Have other costume leads you want to share? Comment on this post!

Feb. 15 Update: Still looking for costume inspiration? We found this really neat exhibition on masks from Michigan State University – All kinds of different masks, from ancient to pop culture!

Check it out here: http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/326

(Hint: if you’re looking at the catalogues, clicking the left / right arrows bring up more sets of masks!)

The Inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s Masterpiece: the poem The Castle of Indolence by James Thomson

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Invites you to discover the inspiration for Turner’s Masterpiece:

the poem “The Castle of Indolence” by James Thomson,

Thursday, February 16, at 7pm.

UNB student and actor Michael Holmes-Lauder will perform a dramatic reading of the poem,

accompanied by classical violin sounds of David Nielsen.

Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. 

For more information contact us at

(506) 458-2028 / emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org


“All That Glitters is Not Gold: J. M. W. Turner as Alchemist”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents

Dr. Anne Koval, Associate Professor of Art History at Mount Allison University, who will present the lecture:

All That Glitters is Not Gold: J. M. W. Turner as Alchemist”

Friday, February 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

 This is a free event for the public.

(506) 458-2028 / emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org