1 October 2010

Regard …Strathbutler 20 years celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the prestigious Strathbutler Award

 

RegardOn Wednesday, October 6 from 5-7pm the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) and the Sheila Hugh Makay Foundation will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the prestigious Strathbutler Award with the exhibition Regard …Strathbutler 20 years. The exhibition will feature works from the NBM’s permanent Strathbutler Collection from the twenty artists who have won this prestigious visual arts award.  Special guest, Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas will present the 2010 Strathbutler award to Linda Rae Dornan.  The public is cordially invited to come and enjoy the festivities.  RSVP by October 4 to 1-888-268-9595 or 506-643-2349; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; www.nbm-mnb.ca.

The Strathbutler Award is presented annually by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.  The Award’s founder, Sheila Mackay established the Strathbutler Award in 1991 to recognize artists and craftspeople who have excelled in their fields while making a substantial contribution to the province of New Brunswick.   An independent jury of visual art professionals selects an artist from among highly qualified professional New Brunswick artists.

Foundation Executive Director, Kathryn McCarroll comments “The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is proud to be working with the New Brunswick Museum in offering this anniversary exhibition. It is both a celebration of the creative richness of New Brunswick and a testament to Sheila Mackay’s visionary generosity.”  CEO of the NBM, Jane Fullerton comments “The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s generosity in continuing its founder’s initiative, affirms a strong belief in the fundamental value of culture within our community.  This powerful statement of encouragement is important to our artists and craftspeople and helps increase awareness of contemporary art.”

Sheila Mackay established a permanent collection of works by Strathbutler winners at the New Brunswick Museum to augment the recognition of this award.  The collection began with personal donations of art works to the museum and since Sheila Mackay’s untimely death in 2004, the New Brunswick Museum and the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, have worked to build a significant collection of diverse artworks representing all visual arts disciplines recognized through the Strathbutler Award. Museum Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, Peter Larocque explained that “this ensures a permanent record in a public collection of the concerns, talents and abilities of each of the award recipients.”

The twenty artists who have won this prestigious visual arts award include:

1991    John Hooper, Hampton
1992    Tom Smith, St. Andrews
1993    Peter Powning, Markhamville
1994    Kathy Hooper, Hampton
1995    Nel Oudemans, Fredericton
1996    Marie Hélène Allain, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent
1997    Freeman Patterson, Shampers Bluff
1998    Roméo Savoie, Grand Barachois
1999    Suzanne Hill, Rothesay
2000    Rick Burns, Fredericton
2001    Gerard Collins, Saint John
2002    Gordon Dunphy, Taymouth
2003    Thaddeus Holownia, Sackville
2004    Janice Wright Cheney, Fredericton
2005    André Lapointe, Dieppe
2006    Brigitte Clavette, Fredericton
2007    Dan Steeves, Sackville
2008    Anna Torma, Baie Verte
2009    David Umholtz, Fairhaven, Deer Island
2010    Linda Rae Dornan, Sackville

The exhibition will run at the NBM Exhibition Centre October 6, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

For further information:

Caitlin Griffiths
Communications and Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
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