Wellness, Culture and Sport

New Brunswick Art Bank celebrates 40 years of success (08/11/06)

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Nov. 6, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The New Brunswick Art Bank is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition that will travel to six venues in the province during 2008 and 2009. Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert made the announcement today.

The exhibit, Celebrating 40 Years: New Brunswick Art Bank Anniversary Exhibition, will showcase the works of 48 prominent New Brunswick artists in a variety of media.

The exhibit opened at Old Government House in Fredericton on Monday, Nov. 3, and will later move to Saint John, Moncton, Caraquet and Campbellton. The exhibit will return to Fredericton for presentation at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery beginning in the fall of 2009.

"It is a tremendous pleasure for me to congratulate the New Brunswick Art Bank on its 40th anniversary," said Premier Shawn Graham. "New Brunswick artists and creators play an important role in the cultural life of the province, and their passion is an inspiration to all of us. I invite all New Brunswickers to join me in celebrating this important anniversary and discovering our talented and creative visual artists who, through their work, enhance our quality of life."

The schedule for Celebrating 40 Years is:

Because of the size of the exhibition, the Centre culturel de Caraquet and the Galerie Restigouche Gallery in Campbellton will each present part of the show concurrently.

"When the New Brunswick Art Bank was launched in 1968, the mandate was to build a collection of New Brunswick art, while shining a spotlight on New Brunswick anglophone, francophone and Aboriginal artists," said Albert. "Today, with more than 700 artworks and more than 300 artists represented, we can proudly say that the New Brunswick Art Bank has played a role in the development of the visual arts in New Brunswick."

Victoria Henry, director of the Canada Council Art Bank, said, "This 40th anniversary exhibition of works from the New Brunswick Art Bank collection encapsulates the progress of time through the unique visions of the artists who have lived and contributed to the cultural life of the province."

For more information about the New Brunswick Art Bank, visit http://www.gnb.ca/0131/art_bank-e.asp.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

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