Join us at Kingsbrae Garden tomorrow!

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery hits the road!

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to partner with Kingsbrae Garden in welcoming students, teachers and the public as part of the ARTrageous Art Festival and Opening of the Kingsbrae Garden portion of Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists exhibition in St. Andrews.

On Thursday, June 14, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, will welcome participants with an information booth where Gallery staff offer information and literature on Gallery programs and events, membership benefits and privileges and upcoming events.

Also on June 14 from 10 am to 12 noon a Gallery art instructor Sandy will engage young participants in a special art workshop. Students will be making and decorating their own whirligigs out of paper, paint, string and recycled materials.

Over the course of the morning, Gallery staff will greet and create art with more than 200 participants, and will promote the exhibition Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists as well as all the programs related to this exhibition.

About the ARTrageous Festival:

Festivities at Kingsbrae Garden are part of the ARTrageous Festival, a “brand new festival in Charlotte County, New Brunswick. It’s a celebration of all things related to arts and culture in our community!” . The 4-day festival starts with the sculpture competition awards ceremony, reception, tour of minister’s island, barbeque, and more tomorrow, June 14th, with more events through the 15th, 16th, and 17th! For more information and detail, check out their website here!

About the exhibition:

The exhibition features wind-drawn sculptural objects which transfer the energy of the wind through rotation to power a simple or more complicated mechanism that results in repetitive motion and / or sounds.  The exhibition entitled Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists will be displayed at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

The exhibition will include artwork from public and private collections including: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris Huntington and Charlotte McGill.   The exhibition consists of a total of 50 artworks spanning over 50 years, 14 of which are outdoor whirligigs by contemporary Atlantic Canadian artists.  The indoor sculptures are by historical and contemporary makers and are kinetic, whimsical, colourful and accessible.

The exhibition will consist of artworks for indoor and outdoor display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The exhibition will concentrate on wind-drawn whirligigs which transfer the energy of the wind through rotation to power a simple or more complicated mechanism that results in repetitive motions and or sounds. Whirligigs became popular in North America in the mid-18th century and have evolved over the years to be one of the finest examples of folk art expression.

In addition to the artworks from public and private collections, the Gallery has commissioned 13 contemporary artists in Atlantic Canada to create major site-specific whirligigs for installation at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews.

Artists who have provided site-specific installations are: Alanna Baird, Ned Bear, Gerald Beaulieau, Luc Charette, Alfred Ellis, Terry Graff, Scott Higgins, Kerras Jeffrey,  Gerard Kelly,  John Little, Chas MacKay, Kerry O’Toole and Bill Shaw.

The installation at the Gallery in Fredericton will also include:

  • Four Horses by Max Streicher on the roof of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and
  • A windmill model unit at both locations provided by CanWEA.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and seven sites in the outdoor sculpture garden around the Gallery.   A feature gallery and seven exterior sites at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews will be provided for the exhibition.

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