10 March 2008

Meet Strathbutler Artists at the New Brunswick Museum

The New Brunswick Museum hosts an opportunity to meet Strathbutler artists whose work is currently on exhibition. On Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm , meet four recipients of the Strathbutler award: sculptor Marie Hélène Allain; photographer Freeman Patterson; and painters Suzanne Hill and Roméo Savoie.

This free event will begin with a panel discussion in the Mary H. Oland Theatre, with each artist sharing how receiving the Strathbutler award has affected their career. This discussion will be moderated by Peter Larocque, Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, with a chance to pose questions to the artists. Refreshments will follow with an opportunity to meet and chat with the artists. Visitors can also view the artists' work in the exhibition: For the Collection: Strathbutler Award Winners 1996-2000, which continues until March 30. This exhibition also includes work by the now deceased sculptor, Rick Burns.

The Strathbutler Award is presented annually to recognize an artist or craftsperson who has excelled in their field while making a substantial contribution to the province of New Brunswick. The Award's founder, Sheila Hugh Mackay, augmented this recognition by donating a work by each Strathbutler artist to the New Brunswick Museum 's permanent collection, a tradition now continued by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. The work of the five artists was acquired with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the generosity of Mrs. Inez Burns.

Everyone is welcome to this special presentation at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John, with complimentary admission to the talk and exhibition.

For further information:

Wendy Martindale (506) 643-2338

Regina Mantin (506) 643-2330