Two new exhibitions opening this fall at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Beaverbrook Art GalleryOctober 13, 20160 Comments


Two new exhibitions opening this fall at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Fredericton, NB, October 13, 2016 -- New exhibitions are coming to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on October 22nd! The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5 pm. Opening that day are two exhibitions that round out the Gallery’s fall 2016 exhibitions program.

Visitors will be able to explore and experience the surreal and spiritual landscapes of Manitoulin Island in Anong Migwans Beam: 63 Views from Mount Dreamers Rock, an exhibition celebrating a suite of 63 remarkable artworks by First Nations artist Anong Migwans Beam recently gifted to the Gallery. Beam lives in M’chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, and brings the landscape that surrounds her into works that also incorporate Japanese cultural and artistic influences through a multi-media approach based in printmaking.

Director/CEO and Chief Curator, Terry Graff, is delighted to welcome the artist and her work to New Brunswick, and is grateful for the financial support of exhibition sponsor CI Institutional Asset Management (CI Investments). He comments, “Our presentation of Beam’s work showcases our reinvigorated program in both presenting exhibitions and collecting the work of national, contemporary artists. Working with extraordinary artists and distinguished collectors from across the country elevates and broadens both our permanent collection and our public programs, offering new and engaging visual arts experiences for our Maritime audience.”

Beam’s works uses silkscreen photo transfer, collage, and paint to create a series of works that incorporate a repetition, progression, and variation of elements. Beaverbrook Art Gallery Senior Curator Jeffrey Spalding likens the series to “a symphonic progression, which establishes certain melody lines that are inventively transformed to alter mood and timbre. The artist’s use of repeated base images that are painted over by hand creates a series of motifs that morph and change via colour selections and different combinations and juxtapositions of imagery. We witness landscape images bearing many different temperaments and temporal features, sunsets, nocturnes and daytime.”

Also opening on October 22nd is the twelfth instalment of the Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting series. Gallery staff were once again inspired by the calibre of New Brunswick’s newest artists, and in conversation with the series patrons, Earl and Sandy Brewer, the decision was made to feature not just one or two artists, but to expand the exhibition to include seven. Featured in the 2016 exhibition are: Rudi Aker, Fredericton; Josée Bolduc, Moncton; Bonny Hill, Sussex; Mario LeBlanc, Moncton; Katie Melanson, Fredericton; Sylvie Pilotte, Dalhousie; and Dawn Steeves, Fredericton.

Terry Graff states: “The Gallery’s popular Studio Watch Emerging Artist program was initiated in 2004 with the generous support of Earl and Sandy Brewer, who are committed to providing emerging artists of New Brunswick with an opportunity to present their work to a large audience in a major art museum, and to encourage them to excel and advance to the next step in their career. We are grateful to the Brewers for their continued support of emerging artists with the inauguration of this year’s visionary new approach to the program.”

Exhibition curator Jeffrey Spalding adds: “This year we were impressed by the number, quality and diversity of the applications. In response, we have changed the format of the project, and have invited seven artists from across the province to participate in the 2016 exhibition. The artists respond to a number of widely different set of aesthetic and stylistic approaches, and live and work all over New Brunswick, from Dalhousie in the north, to Moncton, Sussex and Fredericton.”

"It is a pleasure for us to continue our association with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery through the Studio Watch: Emerging Artist Series," add Earl and Sandy Brewer. "We are dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging artists, and are pleased to play a role in the progression of their careers. It is exciting to expand this year's exhibition to include seven finalists and to showcase the extraordinary talent in our province. We congratulate all seven of the featured artists."

Anong Migwans Beam: 63 Views from Mount Dreamers Rock is curated by Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The presentation of this exhibition is supported by CI Institutional Asset Management (CI Investments). The exhibition is on display from October 6, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting is curated by Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The series is made possible through the generous contribution of Earl and Sandy Brewer. The exhibition is on display from October 22, 2016 through January 15, 2017.


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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