New Brunswick, North to South and generation to generation, featured in fall exhibitions

Beaverbrook Art GallerySeptember 30, 20140 Comments

Fredericton, NB, September 30, 2014 – New exhibitions open October 5, launching the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s fall season. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, October 5 at 2 pm. Emphasizing the impressive local talent of the province, from Edmundston to Saint John and across generations, these exhibitions include a group exhibition of Acadian artists, paintings by a driving force in Fredericton’s arts community only now being fully examined, a memorial to one of Saint John’s great painters, and works by an up-and-coming painter. This focus echoes the Gallery’s status as the officially designated provincial art gallery, and its goal of supporting and advancing the New Brunswick Arts Community.

Imagined Dialogues

Highlighting the profound influence of the pioneering first generation of modern artists in Acadie, Imagined Dialogues explores the common threads in Acadian contemporary art passed down from one generation to the next. The exhibition groups fourteen contemporary artists into pairs, where they engage in dialogue with each other and across generations.

Viewers are encouraged to explore commonalities across the diverse and sometimes contrasting works, and how these threads ensure a continued – and vibrant – dialogue of artistic vitality in Acadian culture in New Brunswick. As curator Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, puts it, Imagined Dialogues “explores the importance of influence and homage, and the integral place of community and memory in the development of contemporary art practices in New Brunswick.”

The Gallery’s presentation of Imagined Dialogues is supported by CI Institutional Asset Management (CI Investments).

Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life

As a cultural educator and community activist in the 1940s and 1950s, Lucy Jarvis (1896-1985) was a pivotal influence on the New Brunswick art scene, but the blossoming of her own creative art practice in her later years never received the critical attention it deserved and has never been fully examined until now.

This major retrospective, curated by adjunct curator Roslyn Rosenfeld, focuses on work produced by the artist after age sixty. As Rosenfeld writes, “In the paintings and sketches of her last decades, the dynamism of her life is embodied in her art.”

To provide a comprehensive overview of her life’s work, it is presented in conjunction with Lucy Jarvis: Sketches and Letters (also curated by Ms. Rosenfeld) at the UNB Art Centre.

Studio Watch: Emerging Artist Series: Andrea Brewer

The Studio Watch Emerging Artists Series: Painting, supported by Earl and Sandy Brewer, highlights artists who have been working full time at their practice for approximately five years. This year’s artist is Andrea Brewer, a painter based in Fredericton; the exhibition is curated by Bernard Riordon, O.C., Hon DFA, and Director Emeritus of the Gallery.

According to Riordon, “Andrea Brewer’s colourful and detailed collection of paintings testifies to her strength and passion as an artist.  Her studies and training are reflected in her work and reveal that she is connected to the people and creatures that live in our world.”

2014 marks the tenth year of the Studio Watch series, whose purpose is to support artists at the early stage of their careers, to provide them with the opportunity of exposure and financial assistance, and to encourage art patrons in the community to support them. We are pleased to showcase Brewer’s work for this latest installment.

In Memoriam: Fred Ross

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery remembers New Brunswick artist Fred Ross in a small memorial display of works by Mr. Ross, who passed away in August of this year. Director Terry Graff expressed: “We at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery were very fortunate to have shared a very special association and friendship with Fred over many years, and had the privilege of presenting his remarkable work and celebrating his impressive career. A contemporary of Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain, Fred was one of New Brunswick’s greatest figurative painters, and he has left an extraordinary legacy.”

Exhibitions are on view until January 11, and are all supported by our funders, including the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton.

For further information, please contact:  
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Visitor Services Coordinator
Phone: (506) 458-2039

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

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