6 December 2007

Exhibition at New Brunswick Museum Features Recent Acquisitions

The exhibition Cultural Treasures: New Acquisitions opens at the New Brunswick Museum on December 8. This exhibition includes a selection of recent acquisitions in the area of fine and decorative arts which have not previously been exhibited. Thanks to generous donors and funders, these objects are now part of the Museum's permanent collection.

Samuel Leonard TilleyThese significant objects provide glimpses into New Brunswick stories from the past two centuries. Contemporary works of art, such as The Blue Sofa by Fred Ross and Paint Depot, a recent work by Herzl Kashetsky, are presented. Nineteenth century paintings include work by John Christopher Miles and the Thomas MacDonald watercolour depicting Father of Confederation Samuel Leonard Tilley with his sister as children. The eighteenth century Executive Council Desk by Thomas Nisbet & Son belonged to New Brunswick's first Premier, Andrew Rainsford Wetmore.

Peter Larocque, Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, notes that “one of the most important ways that our province and its people can be understood and appreciated is through the objects that people have made, used and cherished.” Such treasures, he added “provide physical evidence of our stories and add to our knowledge of New Brunswick.”

New Brunswick Museum Director Jane Fullerton explained that all these items were donated by people who have decided to share the objects they have treasured or acquired with the financial assistance of supporters. “Thanks to generous donors and funders,” said Fullerton, “these significant pieces have been placed in the Museum collection, where they can be documented, researched, preserved and interpreted for present and future generations.”

The exhibition Cultural Treasures continues at the New Brunswick Museum until February 17.

For further information:

Wendy Martindale

Head, Community Services

(506) 643-2338

Peter Larocque

Curator, New Brunswick Cultural History and Art

(506) 643-2327