12 March 2010

Recipient of 2010 Professional Visual Artists Award Announced


The Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the New Brunswick Museum announced that painter Peggy Smith is the recipient of the 2010 award from the permanently endowed Professional Visual Artists Fund. Smith’s award of $300 will assist in supporting her exhibition, entitled Recent Works, at the City Gallery, Saint John Arts Centre.

This exhibition, which opens March 12 and continues until May 1, features oils and watercolours on a garden theme, created from 2007 to the present. Smith comments that “in winter months I work using indoor blooming things, while in warmer weather my painting springs from colourful situations outdoors.” Smith is also well known for her paintings of music and musicians. She says that “searching for lines, tones and colours and new ideas as the music pours forth lends a stimulating, yet elusive challenge.”

The Professional Visual Artists Fund was initiated in 2003. A group of local artists, known as the Tea Towel Team, set out to establish a permanent fund with the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, with the intent that the ongoing work of visual artists from the Saint John region would be supported with fund earnings. The group organized a series of events which raised awareness of artists and their work while raising funds. The first was the Art in The City Studio and Gallery Tour in 2003. In 2005, Art and Artifacts featured 24 professional artists who each created a significant work of art inspired by some aspect of the New Brunswick Museum’s collection. WhoDunIt?, held in 2007 at the New Brunswick Museum, provided an opportunity for art enthusiasts to purchase 50 original “mystery” works of art created and donated by artists from the Saint John region.

“Staging these events to create a permanent and innovative fund took the organizers’ time, determination and commitment to their fellow artists” said Jane Barry, Executive Director of The Greater Saint John Community Foundation. “Thanks to their efforts, this annual award can now be made.”

The Professional Visual Artists Fund, administered by the Community Foundation, dispenses annual awards to professional visual artists. The vision is that this permanent fund will continue to grow, augmented by future gifts and events. Jane Fullerton, CEO of the New Brunswick Museum, commented that the Museum “is pleased to coordinate the annual awards process, and to be a partner in staging the fundraising events that made it possible.” The deadline for submission of applications is February 15, with one or more modest awards made annually.

The Greater Saint John Community Foundation serves as a trustee for charitable, educational and cultural purposes. It administers funds donated by public-spirited individuals for the benefit of the people of this area. The New Brunswick Museum, New Brunswick’s provincial museum, has a long history of increasing public awareness of New Brunswick artists by collecting and exhibiting their work.

For further information:

Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: 506-643-2358
Toll-free: 1-888-268-9595
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Jane Barry, Greater Saint John Community Foundation, 506 672-8880