TD Bank Group supports Gallery’s Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Art Education Program

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TD Bank Group supports Gallery’s Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Art Education Program

Fredericton, NB, October 17, 2016 -- TD Bank Group recently made a $100,000 commitment to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Art Education Program.  Support for this initiative means that children will have the opportunity to participate in activities designed with learning through art in mind. The program also provides materials and qualified art educators to deliver art education programs at the Gallery and in rural and isolated communities across the province.

Molly Lamb Bobak was a beloved Fredericton artist and art educator who died in 2014. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery named this initiative in her honour.  Born in Vancouver, Molly Lamb Bobak's career as an artist was launched during World War II as an official war artist, the first woman to be given that title. Posted around the country and then overseas, she recorded the day-to-day, ordinary activities of the Canadian Women's Army Corps. Before arriving in Fredericton in 1960 with fellow artist Bruno Bobak, Molly had reached maturity as an artist with national and international exposure. She was among the first generation of women artists to make their way as professionals in the Canadian art world. Since 1960, Fredericton was home, a centre for her art-making and influences as teacher, as well as subject for her paintings. Molly was an important member of the Fredericton community, and many of her subjects are Frederictonians themselves. Her works capture the essence and spirit of events in this city; they have portrayed skaters on the St. John River, action on the UNB football field, parades and processions.  Her colourful works capture her perceptions of the community and its residents.

“TD has provided longstanding exceptional support for infrastructure, programming, and special events at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery,” comments Director/CEO and Chief Curator Terry Graff. “TD has not only generously sponsored several of our exhibitions, including our North American touring exhibition Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, but  has supported our Tribute Galas for distinguished senior artists in New Brunswick, and is the namesake of our popular TD Sculpture Garden, made possible with a $300,000 gift to the Beaverbrook Campaign. The TD Sculpture Garden, located next to the Gallery, features outdoor sculptures by Canadian and international artists. We are sincerely grateful for TD’s most recent investment in the Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Art Education Program, which demonstrates TD’s strong commitment to art education for children, and is a wonderful way to pay special tribute to one of New Brunswick’s and Canada’s most prominent and beloved visual artists.”

“It was a great privilege to know Molly and I believe she would be very proud of our art education initiatives inspired by her legacy. We are looking forward to developing new rural outreach programs with a focus on visual literacy and to expanding our ongoing afterschool programs. Our staff, volunteers, and teacher partners are energized by TD’s support and thrilled to continue and expand the reach and the scope of our programs, “says Adda Mihailescu, Manager of Public Programs at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Christina Thomson, Program Co-ordinator for Public Programs at the Gallery said that Molly Lamb Bobak was the artist of the month for July in the Art for Tots program and her Fredericton-based artwork was an inspiration for the pre-school aged students.

“These young artists learned about Molly as an artist and experimented with the techniques she used to create her scenes of the landscape around us. She often painted large community scenes of celebration. This program allows us to continue to celebrate artmaking at the gallery, in the schools, and at community events throughout the province,” said Thomson.

Molly taught art at the Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia and for 17 years at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre. She also gave televised art courses for CHSJ TV in Saint John from 1964 to 1965. She illustrated a number of books, and was featured in Double Duty, a book illustrating her war diary. Molly and Bruno illustrated several books written by their daughter Anny Scoones. Her painting "Tea Hill" was chosen for reproduction on a postage stamp to commemorate Canada Day in 1982. Her work has been exhibited internationally in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil. She has also had exhibitions throughout Canada. Molly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections across Canada, including the National Gallery, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

“At TD, we know that a thriving arts environment is essential to the overall health and vibrancy of our communities,” said Sana Hubaishy, District Vice President, TD – New Brunswick. “The arts play a critical role in our communities and at TD, we believe one of the best investments we can make is to ensure that children and youth have access to arts and culture in their communities because providing  learning and skills development through reading, music, arts or theatre is important.”

Programs under the auspices of the Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Art Education Program at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will include:

  • After School Art Program: Combines art, reading, drama, music and creative writing activities.
  • Summer Camps: Artistica camps features age-appropriate themed weeks on topics such as sculpture, nature, and abstract art.
  • Rural School Outreach: The Gallery partners with rural schools and students participate in a weekly art session lead by an experienced art instructor.
  • Art for Tots Pre-school Program: Children and their parents invited to take part in art games, looking at art, hands-on activities and storytelling.

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About the 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”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

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

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