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The Wabanaki Way: New Exhibition of Wabanaki History and Culture at Fredericton Region Museum

The York-Sunbury Historical Society Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition highlighting the history and culture of First Nations Peoples in New Brunswick at the Fredericton Region Museum. The exhibition will open on Friday June 9th, with a Pow Wow at 2pm and Full Moon Ceremony in Officers’ Square at 8pm. Both events are open to the public.

The exhibition is called The Wabanaki Way after the Wabanaki Confederacy, as curator Ramona Nicholas explains: “The Wabanaki means the People of the Dawn, and this is what we (sc. the Malecite) call each other as a larger group including the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot.” The gallery will display traditional Wabanaki objects from both the pre- and post-contact periods and present the histories and cultures of the Wabanaki.

The Wabanaki Way exhibition was designed in dialogue with elders from First Nations communities in New Brunswick. The exhibit comes at an important time, in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations to Canadian museums and archives as Ian Andrews, President of the York-Sunbury Historical Society Ltd., notes:

“We take great pride in providing the venue where such an impressive exhibit of Wabanaki artefacts and related objects can be used to promote intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.  The project has been a labour of love for curator Ramona Nicholas.  Her collaborative exhibit should provide a unique insight into Wabanaki history and heritage.  We invite everyone to join in this celebration of a past that should be known by all.”

Artist-in-Residence Call For Proposals

Accepting proposals for 2017 residencies
Deadline June 1st

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to be hosting its artist-in-residence program for another summer.

The artist-in-residence program seeks to inspire artists with Fredericton’s diverse and rich heritage. Art inspired by history can enhance connections between the museum and the public through its various forms. The program is open to local artists, working in a visual media, whose work relates to Fredericton’s history.

The artist studio will be located in a main floor gallery. During the three or six weeks of residency, the artist(s) will be expected to work in the studio allowing visitors access to the creative process. The artist(s) will be expected to provide a hands on activity in their space for museum guests. They will also agree to participate in media interviews intended to promote the program. Artists are to provide their own working materials and assist with promoting the residency.

The FRM will provide a gallery in a heritage building (approximately 9.5’ x 14.6’) to be converted into a studio, artist stipend, advertising as well as opportunities to display and sell their work; their existing artwork in the gallery during their residency.

Residency Outline
The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists and other creative individuals.

Residencies are for July and August, with two artist-in-residence who will be on site for 3 consecutive weeks each within the 8 weeks or one artist for six weeks. The exact dates within the residency are flexible and will be detailed in a signed agreement.

Hours of Residency
A minimum of 4 hours a day and five days each week, preferably in the afternoons plus community events, such as Canada Day and during the museum open house event if it falls on a residency week.

Application Process
• Current curriculum vitae, including exhibition record
• Visual-work examples – jpeg format DVD, CD (image 300 dpi).
• Short statement of interest and a description of work to be carried out during the residency. The applicant should also describe why she/he wishes to do the residency, and what particular perspective he/she will bring to the program
• Indication of public access programming to be offered by the artist, for the public at large and for young people
• Indication of which three weeks the artist preferred for the residency
• Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting visuals and other information, if they are prepared to share the stipend and working space.
• Applications must be received by June 6 for summer residencies.

The artist(s) must agree to present a gallery exhibition or show, depending on medium, at the Fredericton Region Museum.

Artist Alumni
2016 – Jennifer McInnis-Wharton (sculpture artist) and Morgan Dugdale (visual artist)
2015 – Marsha Clark (visual artist) and Samantha Brittney (fashion)
2014 – Derek Davidson (post-impressionist painter) and Mary Grant (rug hooker)
2013 – Miguelina Izaguirre (Peekaboo Shadows Theater)

Submit proposals to the museum office by June 1.

This project is made possible through a contribution from the city of Fredericton.  Thank you!

Upcoming Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association’s Annual Reunion

Fredericton, NB – 9 October 2016:  Join the HKVCA October 14th-16th for the Atlantic Region Annual Reunion and commemorative coin launch.  In remembrance of the Battle of Hong Kong, they will be hosting a series of events that will include greetings from Mayor O’Brien, a service of remembrance, guest speakers, a presentation of a new coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and a dance.

It all begins Friday, October 14th, at the Fredericton Inn where the registration and a meet and greet will be held. The HKVCA have activities planned for Saturday, October 15th starting at 11am with a service of remembrance at the Fredericton Cenotaph on Queen Street.  This will be followed a tour of the Fredericton Region Museum at 1:30pm and their Annual General Meeting at 3pm.

In honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a new $20 commemorative silver coin. It is a limited release of only 10,000 coins; one will be on view Saturday evening at the Fredericton Inn during the banquet.  The banquet will begin at 6pm, with several guest speakers including local MP Matt DeCourcey, Greg Fekner from the New Brunswick Military History Museum and Marc Milner from the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society.  Later in the evening, the HKVCA will be hosting a dance with live entertainment by “Chris Mercers Hot Jazz”.

The soldiers who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong made a huge sacrifice for our country, and this coin pays tribute to that sacrifice. As the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance recently stated, “This Royal Canadian Mint silver collector coin pays a lasting tribute to the bravery and resolve of the Canadians who fought to defend Hong Kong in December 1941 and whose actions remind us all of the high cost of defending our values”.

This special event is brought to you by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association Atlantic Region, in partnership with the Oromocto Legion, the Fredericton Region Museum and the New Brunswick Military History Museum.  They hope that you will join them in remembrance of those who fought for our freedom and values, so that we can enjoy the society in which we live today.

For more information contact  Ruth Murgatroyd, HKVCA Atlantic Region Reunion Planning Committee by leaving a comment to this blog post or by contacting the Fredericton Region Museum.

Artist-in-Residence Reception 2016

On Wednesday, August 24 the Fredericton Region Museum is hosting a celebration for its artists-in-residence for the 2016 season. The Artist-in-Residence program is run annually in the summertime to promote cooperation and collaboration between the history and art industries in Fredericton. Normally, 1-2 artists are hired and given a space in a central gallery in the museum to convert into their studio. The artists work there for four hours each day, five days per week, for either 3 or 6 weeks. Over the course of their time at FRM, they are required to complete a series of works inspired in some way by Fredericton’s history.

This summer, the FRM welcomed ceramics artist Jennifer McInnis-Wharton and multimedia artist Morgan Dugdale into the program. Jennifer was stationed at the museum from July 18 until August 6, and Morgan was stationed from August 8 until August 26.

Members of the public can join us at the museum (571 Queen St.) at 5:00pm (August 24) for short speeches, refreshments, and viewing of the works that both our artists have completed over the course of the summer. Guests will have the chance to talk to each of our artists about their experience at the museum. Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society are invited to pick up an application form for the Autumn Members Art Exhibition as well – an initiative that gives society members a space to sell and display their works.

The FRM would also like to thank the City of Fredericton for sponsoring this program and allowing it to thrive. Without their support artists would not have the opportunity to complete their residencies within the museum space.

New Donations from Afar

August 16, 2016 – The Fredericton Region Museum has been very fortunate to have received several new donations from individuals travelling to Fredericton from great distances. Videos detailing each donation can be found at the links following their brief descriptions.

Ms. Evajune White and her family travelled from Massachusetts to donate a collection of items belonging to her grandfather, Lt. Col. Percy. A. Guthrie. Guthrie is a prominent figure in Canadian military history, and the collection is an incredible addition to the museum’s military selection. https://youtu.be/Y_gFuNZper8?list=PLkDCaTPdfQQlCssNQDAP61PzZXHaUIGoI

Ms. Barbara Moore and her husband travelled from Toronto, ON to donate a tool chest passed down through her family. It originates from the McFarlane family farm in Nashwaaksis, NB. https://youtu.be/qxl0N9M0bB0?list=PLkDCaTPdfQQlCssNQDAP61PzZXHaUIGoI

This Saturday (August 20), Mr. Robert Osgood and his family are travelling from New Glasgow, NS to donate his grandfather’s account book. The book dates back to the 1860s when Mr. Osgood’s grandfather was a solider in the 22nd regiment, serving in Fredericton. (Video will be filmed Saturday).

The museum wishes to thank the donators of these collections for travelling from so far. Donations such as these keep our collection alive and give us the opportunity to create new and impactful exhibits for the public.

Open House 2016

The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to announce the details of their annual Open House happening on the 14th of August. For one day each year, the museum opens their doors for free to everyone in the community. This event is not only an excellent opportunity for history lovers and frequent visitors, but also for visitors that cannot normally afford to visit museums. It also endeavours to spark an interest in those who are not normally inclined to visit museums.

As is done every year, museum employees will dress in historical costumes to make the museum experience seem a realistic and tangible as possible. Guided tours of our third floor space are available only on this day. The third floor is where our collections team works, and where all our artefacts that are not on display are stored. Third floor features two office spaces, a textile storage room, and three furniture storage rooms.

The theme of this year’s Open House is Arts & Crafts, in effort to unite the heritage and arts communities in Fredericton. In addition to the museum’s regular artist-in-residence program, several Fredericton-based artists will set up shop in various locations throughout the museum. Open House attendees will have the opportunity to watch artists work, try their hand at various art mediums, and ask the artists questions. A local musician will be on site to provide entertainment. There will also be a door prize competition.

For children, our summer camp staff will be running a craft station on the balcony. There will also be a face-painting station.

The open house event was made possible with a grant from Downtown Fredericton Inc. We appreciate their support!

Artist-In-Residence Program 2016

Fredericton, N.B. – July 14th, 2016

 

For the fifth consecutive year, this July and August the Fredericton Region Museum is set to open one of its galleries as a studio for a local artist. The museum’s Artist-In-Residence program is run annually as a collaboration with artists to encourage a relationship between historical institutions and the art industry. This summer, the museum has secured two different artists, each joining the program for three weeks. Beginning her residency on the 18th of July is Jennifer McInnis-Wharton, and beginning on the 8th of August is Morgan Dugdale. During their respective residencies they will complete a series of works that is tied to and inspired by history.

 

Jennifer McInnis-Wharton is a sculpture artist hailing from the Northwest Territories. In 2013 she moved to Fredericton to attend the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. During her time at the Fredericton Region Museum she will be completing a series of clay pots inspired by the architecture of historical buildings in downtown fredericton. Visitors of the museum will have the opportunity to use different pottery tools, and even use McInnis-Wharton’s pottery wheel.

 

Morgan Dugdale is an upcoming artist who will be attending McKenzie College in Moncton this fall for the intensive visual art foundation program. She works with multiple mediums, including watercolour, acrylics, and digital painting. While at the Fredericton Region Museum, Dugdale will be completing a series of paintings of antique tea sets. Dugdale has always loved the collection of tea sets that are stored at the FRM, and will use them as her subjects. For her interactive element, visitors will be able to try out watercolour painting, sew their own tea bags (which they can take home with them), and smell different types of tea.

 

The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York Sunbury Historical Society. In 1959, the Museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The Society and Museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers who work tirelessly to create informative exhibits based on the history of Fredericton and surrounding areas, as well as publish a local history periodical, The Officers’ Quarters. For more information on this story or to schedule an interview (and to contact the artists mentioned), please contact Paige Powell with the information listed. The Fredericton Region Museum is open most days of the week between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.

 

frederictonregionmuseum@gmail.com, (506) 455-6041