Beaverbrook Art Gallery Honors Photographer Freeman Patterson

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJune 7, 20130 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates Freeman Patterson with a tribute gala event 

Fredericton, NB - On Thursday, October 3rd, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery annual gala event will pay tribute to world-renowned New Brunswick photographer Freeman Patterson. The Freeman Patterson tribute gala is the seventh in a series of gala events that celebrate New Brunswick artists and their accomplishments. Past honourees are Bruno Bobak, Roméo Savoie, Tom Forrestall, Fred Ross, Molly Lamb Bobak, and Marie Hélène Allain.
Freeman Patterson grew up on the Kingston Peninsula, outside Saint John, New Brunswick. He began his exploration of photography as an art form in 1962, while studying at Columbia University in New York, when he engaged Dr. Helen Manzer to tutor him privately in photography and visual design as part of his work on his Master’s thesis. Photography soon became his calling, and he moved to Toronto in 1966 to work at the Berkeley Studio, the United Church of Canada’s still photography and film production house. He also completed numerous assignments for the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board of Canada and developed a large roster of professional clients. Freeman returned to New Brunswick in 1973 to pursue his personal artistic interests and to establish a photography and visual design workshop. He divides his professional time between shooting and teaching, presenting half-day and full-day seminars here in Canada and in locations around the globe. He has a wide variety of publishing credits to his name, and several major retrospective books have been published, celebrating his spectacular body of work.
“Freeman Patterson is an artist of national calibre and a true leader in the photography community worldwide,” says event chair Sandra Irving. “His collection of images from around the world and here at home in New Brunswick speak to the profound spirituality of nature, which is something Freeman embraces in his life as well as in his work.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Freeman Patterson,” says Gallery Director and CEO, Terry Graff. “The gala and its companion retrospective exhibition, running from September 29th until January 12, 2014, are a fitting tribute for an artist of the highest order of excellence and a much beloved New Brunswicker.”
The dinner will be held this year at Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. The evening will include a performance by the Saint John String Quartet, and each guest will take home a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue, entitled Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation.  The event is a fundraiser for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Event Details
Location:        Saint John Trade and Convention Centre
Reception:     6:00 p.m.
Dinner:           7:00 p.m. 
Price:              Single tickets are $200 or $2000 for a table of 10.
Charitable receipts will be provided for a portion of the ticket price.
To order, contact the Beaverbrook Art Gallery front desk at (506) 458-2028 or  Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking the Freeman Patterson Tribute Gala icon at
About Beaverbrook Art Gallery
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
Media Contact:
Michelle McDonald
Development Associate
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Phone: (506) 458-0970                                                                                   
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
P.O. Box 605, 703 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB, E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-8545

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