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Summer at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Situated in the heart of Fredericton, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is known as one of Canada’s finest art galleries and is a must-see while in the Fredericton Capital Region!

Read on to see what activities and exhibitions will be featured at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery this summer. For a quick link to all special events click here!

Jazz night

Join the Don Bossé Jazz Trio in the Harrison McCain Pavilion on July 14 at 6pm for a night of smooth music and drinks. With over 25 years of musical experience, the Don Bossé Jazz invites you to browse the gallery while being delighted by their jazzy tunes! Tickets are $25 and 10% off for members.

Tickets can be found here.

Drop-in tours

From July 4 to August 25, join the gallery’s summer tour guides, Ollie and Joelle, for engaging guided tours featuring temporary exhibitions and permanent collection highlights.

The tours are one hour and begin at the front desk.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: 11am and 3pm in English and 1:30pm in French.

Thursdays: 6pm in English and 7pm in French.

Sundays (and holidays): 1pm in French and 3pm in English.
 

Art After Hours Series

Every month this summer stop by the gallery courtyard for the Art After Hours Series from 7 to 9pm.

Browse the gallery and enjoy workshops such as casual collaging with Bayonne Rongen and button making with Emilie Grace Lavoie. While you create your art, enjoy local craft beer and live music.

Tickets are $10 and all materials will be provided, but feel free to bring items to collage on (frames, wood, etc.). Drop-ins are also welcome.

This is a 19+ event and dry beverage options are available.

Musicians

  • July 28 - Écarlate
  • August 25 - Ice Road Truckers
  • September 15 - Last Call

 

Family Workshops

Family workshops offer fun, hands-on activities. Each run from 2 to 4pm, tickets are $25 per family with 10% off for members. Click here for tickets.

  • July 30 - Animals Printmaking
  • August 27 - Construction & Deconstruction
  • October 2 - Still Life From 2d to 3d

Artists-in-Residence: Héritier Bilaka

June 26 – July 21

Héritier Bilaka is a visual artist from Ottawa. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa in 2023. He has also participated in many physical and online group exhibitions in various cities, such as Toronto, Ottawa, London (UK), Cannes and New York. Some of his works appear in the collection of the Maron’Ages gallery in Lyon, France, and in private collections in Italy and Australia. He received an Ontario Arts Council research and creation grant in 2022.

Click here to learn more about Bilaka’s Artist-in-Residence Project.

Summer Exhibitions

Take a peek at the new exhibitions that will be featured at the art gallery this summer! If you want to learn more about all the current exhibitions, click here.

1. Judy Blake: Seed Vessels

Judy Blake is a local artist that produces luxurious smoke-fired ceramics. She achieves these effects by extensive experiments with unglazed surface treatments using alternative firing techniques such as sawdust-firing, naked raku and saggar-firing. This exhibition will feature new works inspired by her love of the exquisite beauty of humble seed pods. With each piece, Blake is interested in finding a subtle balance between strength of form and sense of presence.

On display until September 18, 2023

2. Shane Perley-Dutcher: Reweaving the Basket

Shane Perley-Dutcher is a Wolastoq mixed media artist from Neqotkuk Wolasqiyik (Tobique First Nation) in New Brunswick. He trained at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), earning a diploma in Natives Art Studies and Jewellery Manufacturing.
Perley-Dutcher draws his design inspiration from Wolastoqiyik traditional knowledge and contemporary aesthetics. He uses natural materials such as birch, cedar, spruce, ash, copper, silver, gold and platinum to create unique lines of jewellery and one-of-a-kind sculptures. He also gathers traditional materials for his art because it maintains his connection to the land and entails an important part of his creative journey.
On display until December 1, 2023

3. Hatem Aly: Illustrating Life

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator who currently lives in New Brunswick. His work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. An award-winning and internationally admired artist and illustrator, he has illustrated many books for young people that have earned multiple starred reviews and positions on the New York Times bestseller lists.

On display until December 1, 2023

4. Melanie Hamilton: Reframing Perspective

Reframing Perspective is about creating work from women’s experiences. For design inspiration, Melanie Hamilton looked to female weaving students at the Bauhaus in Germany. She reclaims the use of soft sculptural materials and weaving techniques in three-dimensional furniture pieces, where her wood structures support the patterns and lines of soft material. These works illustrate the dynamic motion of a woven line and show that material can have both a physical and emotional weight.
Hamilton is an Atlantic Canadian craftsperson and visual artist specializing in finely crafted objects using solid wood and woven materials. Her one-woman workshop, Wooden Leg Studio, has been featured in numerous magazines and publications.
On display until September 17, 2023

5. NBCCD: Diploma Exhibition

Steeped in the legacy of technical craft and design paired with innovation in modern technology, NBCCD’s graduating class exhibits their work across eight distinct programs: 3D Digital Design, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Photography/Videography, Textile Design and Wabanaki Visual Arts. In building a life of creative expression, these alumni honour the past, indulge in the present, and cast a bold light on the luminous future of craft and design.
On display until August 27, 2023

6. Susan Low-Beer: Specimen

A graduate of the Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States, Susan Low-Beer is one of Canada’s pre-eminent ceramic artists. She has exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the Museum of History in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan. In 1999, she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Fine Crafts and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The Specimen works are elusive in their exact meaning and are rooted in abstraction. They read as organs of the body with tubes, veins and arteries that connect one form to another. Patchy and worn textured surfaces and precarious placements suggest both a vulnerability and a drollness to life passing. As metaphors, they create a narrative on the nuances and dynamics of human relationships.
On display until September 18, 2023

7. André LaPointe: Parcours

André Lapointe is one of the most admired and renowned sculptors in Atlantic Canada. Originally from Quebec, he has had a significant impact on the visual art and environmental sculpture landscape over the course of his almost 40-year career.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1984 in Gaspésie, his work has been presented throughout Quebec, in the Maritimes, and internationally. In 2005, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation awarded him the prestigious Strathbutler Prize. This large exhibition will present a retrospective of his sculptural and installation works.
On display until September 25, 2023

8. Edward Burtynsky: Present

Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. The predominant theme in his work is nature transformed through industry and he has documented some of the most poignant examples of this around the world. Often using an aerial vantage point, his large-scale photographs are rich in detail and vast in scale, sometimes verging on the appearance of painterly abstractions.
His photographs are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. His awards and distinctions include the TED Prize and the Governor General’s Award in Visual Media Arts.
This exhibition will present the entire Burtynsky gift of thirty-one large-format photographs from around the Earth
On display until December 17, 2023

With such a wide array of exhibits and activities, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a must-stop while visiting the Fredericton Capital Region this summer! Be sure to visit their website for up-to-date information on all activities.