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

YSHS Members First Annual Art Exhibition Invitation to Display Works

YSHS Members First Annual Art Exhibition
Invitation to Display Works
September 2016

Each year, the York-Sunbury Historical Society invites member artists and artisans to participate in our Annual Members Art Exhibition.  This unique art show allows member artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their current work in the Fredericton Region Museum and to use the museum space to inspire new works.

Visual artists who are members of the York-Sunbury Historical Society exhibit and offer their work for sale on consignment in the museum’s seasonal flex gallery on the main floor during the month of September.

To Participate

Email the Executive Director with the following after June 1st and before 5pm, on the third Friday in August:

  • contact information
  • a short bio (100-150 words),
  • at least two (2) images of your work (300DPI in jpeg format),
  • dimensions of work (so that we can plan the space)
  • artist photo (300DPI in jpeg format), and
  • a short description of your work

If Selected You

  • give permission to the Fredericton Region Museum to use your biography, name, likeness and artwork for media information and publicity purposes
  • certify that the artwork submitted is original artwork created by you
  • agree to abide by the rules and guidelines laid out
  • recognize that any insurance coverage of the artwork is your full responsibility

 

Conditions

  • The artist must be a member in good standing of the York-Sunbury Historical Society
  • All works must be original to the participating artist and not assisted, imported or manufactured by others.
  • It is up to the artist to price the submitted work.
  • The artwork being shown will be limited to two to four (2 to 4) pieces per artist depending on size and space.
  • Artwork must be able to attach to the Centre’s installed hanging system.
  • Participants will not hold the YSHS responsible for breakage or damage of work.
  • The YSHS earns a 20% consignment rate on all works sold while on display at the museum.

Artists will be contacted about any sales enquiries during the exhibition.

May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 (PDF):   Introducing Our Young Canada Works Students; YSHS June Program; Museum Summer Day Camps

Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage

Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick and Fredericton Region Museum present: Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage

As part of Asian Heritage Month 2016, the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick (AHSNB) presents an exhibit at the Fredericton Region Museum. Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage features traditional items collected from the local community, representing six different Asian countries: India, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Japan, and Nepal.

The exhibit features art, handicrafts, musical instruments, and clothing collected from the community.  From a century-old shirt that made it across the Pakistani border during Partition, to a delicate piece of Japanese origami, objects brought from other countries have special cultural and personal histories. Treasured items from the country of origin connect Asian Canadians to the past, and create new memories in Canada as they’re passed from one generation to the next.

A window to Asian culture, the exhibit also reminds us that people from all over the world are making new histories right here in Fredericton.

Exhibit Details
Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage
Open now until mid-June
Hours: 1-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: $5

AHSNB was created in 2002 to correspond with the nation-wide observance of Asian Heritage Month each May, as declared by the Government of Canada. We strive to fulfill the federal mandate of Asian Heritage Month in celebrating the rich culture and contributions of Asian Canadians, and to foster recognition of Asian Canadians as full participants in Canadian history.

Summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence

FRM artist in residenceAfter the success of the artist-in-residence program in previous years, the Fredericton Region Museum is looking forward to offering the program again!

Artist Alumni
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)

Project Description
The FRM’s 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. S/he will be expected to provide at least one of the following: a public lecture, a program geared towards the youth community or a workshop. 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
Essential Qualifications
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.

Dates of Residency
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.

Selection Panel & Process
York-Sunbury Historical Society board members will appoint a panel to review all project proposal applications. The panel will include a professional from Fredericton’s artistic community, representative(s) from the York-Sunbury Historical Society and local arts community. Each panel member receives a copy of the materials and then meets as a group to award Artist-in-Residence selections.

A panel of judges rates each application according to the following criteria and point value. The selection with the highest total score is awarded the residency. Alternates are selected in case the chosen artist is unable to accept the residency.

50% – Artistic Merit: Artistic maturity, quality and technical ability as demonstrated in the application portfolio.

25% – Appropriateness to the residency: Degree of direct relationship of proposed project to the York Sunbury Historical Society’s mandate.

15% – Fredericton Region Museum exhibit themes: Willingness to develop a gallery exhibition or other public program that provide visitors the opportunity to make intellectual and emotional connections to Fredericton’s heritage

10% – Uniqueness of proposal: Evidence that the proposed work is unique to the residency

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

Submit proposals to the museum office by June 1, 2016.