text by Bailey Campbell; photos by Bailey Campbell and Beaverbrook Art Gallery staff.
On February 21, 2013, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery opened three new and exciting exhibitions. Although Masterworks is on tour, we aren’t relaxing our schedule, and we continue to mount and show exhibitions from our own permanent collection and from works on loan from the broader arts community!
The exhibition Art Treasures of New Brunswick celebrates the impressive legacy of artistic expression throughout the province. This exceptional exhibition is curated by former Head and Professor emeritus of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, Virgil Hammock. Mr. Hammock drew inspiration and artworks from the permanent collections of the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville), the New Brunswick Museum (Saint John), La Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben-Cohen (Moncton), the University of New Brunswick Art Centre (Fredericton), and of course, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton). The artworks in Art Treasures of New Brunswick are described as “preserve[ing] our common artistic heritage, inspire[ing] us by the quality of their holdings, and challeng[ing] us with contemporary ideas and creative new art forms.”
Adjacent to each painting is a descriptive label, which explains why Mr. Hammock chose the particular artwork for this exhibition. For the painting shown above, Alden Nowlan by Stephen Scott, Mr. Hammock explains: “this painting proves that there are still powerful portraits in oil to be had and that there is a magic in them that is very different from photography. This particular portrait shows the hard work by the artist to capture that magic. Steven is a perfectionist. Aldon Nowlan was a very special person and thanks to this painting we have something very fine to remember him by.”
In addition to Art Treasures of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is also showing the Dreams of Order at the Edge of Chaos: Contemporary Geometric Abstraction exhibition. The artworks displayed in this exhibition are drawn from our permanent collection. This exhibition is described as featuring: “a selection of abstract art by contemporary artists who use elemental geometric forms in paintings, relief constructions, and sculpture to express order and formal structure over literal narrative subject, illusionistic pictorial space, and the grand visceral gestures of abstract expressionism.” These artworks showcase the multitude of approaches artists can take when applying a geometric vocabulary as the subject and structure of their work of art. Featured artists include Eli Bornstein, Douglas Haynes, Jocelyn Jean, Ron Kostyniuk, Gino Lorcini, Robin Peck, Henry Sax, Ron Shuebrook, and others.
Finally, the last exhibition opened on February 21, 2013 was one celebrating the art and life of the late Charlotte Glencross (1949-2007). Glencross was an astute textile artist, teacher, and diligent advocate for the arts and crafts community in New Brunswick. Glencross’ passion for the arts is translated into this exhibition, titled Charlotte Glencross: The Fabric of her Life. The exhibition draws artwork from both private and public collections of Glencross’ works, and traces her development from artistic craftsperson to a mature and accomplished artist. Charlotte Glencross: The Fabric of her Life is described as “Encompassing weaving, tapestry, watercolor, Batik and ikat,” and “characterized by a finely honed sense of colour, texture, rhythm, and movement inspired by nature.”
The making of Charlotte Glencross: The Fabric of her Life exhibition was the result of an amazing community effort spearheaded by friends of Charlotte Glencross, a volunteer committee. Glencross “led the community volunteer project that brought about the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, to which she devoted most of the last seven years of her life.” Committee members include Susan Butterfield, Sabine Campbell, Karen LeBlanc, Jo Ann Majerovich, Roslyn Rosenfeld, Jon Thompson, Pam Whitty, and the exhibition was curated by Vita Plume.