September 2012

Nature Trust of New Brunswick

 

Contact: Wayne Burley                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: 506-459-7378
Cell: 506-440-8663
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NATURE OF ART OF NATURE – STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH PROVINCIAL LAND TRUST ORGANIZATION

A uniquely New Brunswick art and craft exhibition is being planned between the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and students from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). Inspired by scenic beauty at Nature Trust of New Brunswick nature preserves, the students’ art and craft will be on display at the New Brunswick Museum in December 2012, and moved to the University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, for April 2013. Titled “Nature of ART of Nature”, the exhibit will demonstrate an artistic perspective for the students’ gained appreciation of New Brunswick’s natural heritage.

Students of various disciplines from the NBCCD will be taking excursions to select Nature Trust of New Brunswick nature preserves during the Fall semester. After gaining inspiration at the preserves, the students are expected to create a rich and diverse range of art and craft. Terry Graff, Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, will then curate the students’ work for a traveling exhibition.

“This cross-disciplinary, value-oriented project not only offers a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the complexity and diversity of New Brunswick’s nature preserves, but to experience first-hand the integral and creative relationship between art and ecology. I’m very much looking forward to the visual forms and conceptual ideas that will emerge,” states Mr. Graff.

“This project is an excellent example of how the private and public sectors are collaborating to provide a unique learning experience for our post-secondary students at NBCCD,” said Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Martine Coulombe.

“The ‘Nature of ART of Nature’ exhibit is expected to bring two communities together to learn from each other: artists understanding nature in a new way, and naturalists re-discovering nature from the perspective of artists” explains Don Dennison, President of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

“The New Brunswick Museum preserves New Brunswick’s natural and human heritage for current and future generations,” said Jane Fullerton, CEO, “This project, which engages students in the creation of art inspired by New Brunswick’s nature preserves, is a wonderful example of the interconnectedness of culture in New Brunswick.  The Museum is pleased to be a partner in this project.”

The NBCCD student union has generously contributed $3500 in awards for the top 3 pieces of art and craft, being judged and selected by Mr. Graff. In addition, an exhibition catalogue will be produced to accompany the traveling exhibition that will record the results of this special collaboration. Support for the “Nature of ART of Nature” project has also been provided by Picaroons Traditional Ales – Northampton Brewing Co. and Goose Lane Editions.

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) is a provincial-wide, non-profit, land trust organization founded in 1987. With 34 nature preserves across the province, the NTNB is committed to land conservation, land stewardship and education.

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For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Terry Graff, the NBCCD, or Don Dennison please contact Wayne Burley (Head of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s Communication Committee) at 506-459-7378 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEDIA ADVISORY

The official launch of the “Nature of ART of Nature” project, with representation and announcements from contributing partners, will be occurring on September 11th, 2012 at 12:00pm at the NB College of Craft and Design 3rd floor lecture hall, Barracks Building, 457 Queen St., Fredericton, NB. 506-453-2305.