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article imageA Visit to New Brunswick's Provincial Art Gallery Special

By Bob Ewing     Apr 25, 2009 in Entertainment
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. I visited the gallery on a recent trip to Fredericton and talked with Laurie Glenn Norris, the
Manager of Communication and Outreach.
The Beaverbrook Art gallery is located on Queen St in downtown Fredericton. The Saint John river flows not far from the gallery's back door. Fredericton has a number of historic buildings in this area and the gallery is well situated among them and is the provincial capital.
When you enter the building you are greeted by Salvador Dalí's Santiago el Grande which is on permanent display. This powerful work properly prepares you for the art you will experience when you visit the Beaverbrook. A second article will explore the collection in greater detail.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
was a gift to the people of New Brunswick from Lord Beaverbrook (Sir Max Aitken).
Lord Beaverbrook
Lord Beaverbrook
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
As I was once the president of an a artist run art gallery, and fairly active in the art community, one of my interests in art is the role it plays within the community where it is located. I emailed Glen Norris the following
Bob Ewing: I have one question - How does the Gallery achieve the following part of its mission?
1- Serve as an advocate for the arts and promote art education and visual literacy;
2- Inspire cultural self-esteem and enjoyment for all New Brunswickers.
Glenn Norris replied:
"The Gallery always strives to serve as an advocate for the arts and promote art education and visual literacy in a number of ways including the following:
Partnering with sister institutions in the province and beyond throughout the loaning of art works and exhibitions, information and technical support;
Donating gallery publications to the NB Libraries Association on an annual basis.
Offering – on an ongoing basis – art camps and art workshops, lectures and other educational programs to people of all ages.
The Gallery voices its opinion on matters relating to artists, artistic practice and the status of arts funding.
The Gallery staff is engages with the community – setting on committees and boards of various arts organizations."
"Some of the ways in which we work to inspire cultural self-esteem and enjoyment for all New Brunswickers by:
Collecting, exhibiting and interpreting art produced in New Brunswick and in the Atlantic region
Providing an environment in which art can be viewed and enjoyed by all.
Providing an environment in which art can be created by all.
Providing an arena – through our lectures, reading groups, etc in which individuals can express they feelings and opinions about the arts in a safe and respectful environment."
One of the projects I will be following up on later this year is the Creation of Sculpture Garden. The Garden is being developed In partnership with the City of Fredericton.
A major sculpture will be commissioned for a sculpture garden to be established at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary and in conjunction with the designation of Fredericton as a Cultural Capital in 2009.
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