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9th Christina Sabat Memorial Lecture
March 22, 2007, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick

A review from Joe Blades' blog link
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Another busy arts night in Fredericton. Didn't see the production of Joseph's Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatDidn't go to the (to the best of my knowledge) first Fredericton reading by Governor General Literary Award-winning novelist Peter Behrens. No, I went to the 9th annual Sabat lecture . . .
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... and I'm glad I did! By permission of him and the BAG I recorded it for broadcast on my radio show—likely in May or June (my third event recording in four nights).

Peter Powning artist—potter, glassworker, sculptor, husband to writer Beth Powning (whom I interviewed several years ago for APB), father of Jake the swordsmith, photographer . . . Peter Powning, recipient of the 30th Saidye Bronfman Award for Craft.

Peter gave a great talk. Thought provoking on global issues, the earth and us as its problem, reconsideration of the local including the question of the need for one to assess the environmental impact of one's art making and ancillary practices. Bravo! This was a great talk to hear. A big obligation for all of us to take home and consider: the footprint of out lives, of our art.

[I've thought before, in wondering moments, of just how many trees I need to put back on Earth for my writing and publishing activities. What would I need to do to carbon-neutral my within Canada and intercontinental air travel (more than my local bike riding)?]
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Peter, travelling to Fredericton on the Acadian Lines bus from Sussex, brought a box of his family's accumulated techno detritus to decorate, encrust, the otherwise ordinary gallery podium. It was great. A sad counterpoint and/or visual of points in his talk. Especially when he plugged in the xmas lights for emphasis.

Media Release



The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and New Brunswick College of Craft and Design celebrate the Year of the Craft with collaboration:
A Leap of Faith: Works from the Faculty of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design opens to the public on Sunday April 29.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, April 19, 2007 --- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates 2007 as the Year of the Craft with a series of exhibitions which showcases the best in Canadian and international craft. The first of these exhibitions was organized with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. Curated by award-winning New Brunswick artist Peter Powning, A Leap of Faith: Works from the Faculty the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design displays and examines the range of media and subject matter being produced by the faculty of the NBCCD.

The media represented in the exhibition includes clay, ceramics, photography, weaving, quilting, metal, painting and drawing – all subjects taught at the NBCCD. Faculty members whose work appears in the exhibition includes Brigitte Clavette, Linda kelly, John Leroux, Janice Wright Cheney and Greg Charlton.           
Exhibition curator Peter Powning said of his selections, “ I settled on an inclusive approach when picking work for this exhibition. I felt that it was important to show the range of work that is being done by faculty at the NBCCD and give the public a peek at what some of the best in the province do when they aren’t busy professing. That means that we’ve ended up with a pretty eclectic collection of work -- from traditional craft objects, to installations, to expressive sculpture. It’s a rich assortment of work meant as an overview, perhaps a snapshot, of some of what the dedicated faculty at the NBCCD do with their limited time to themselves.”
Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director and CEO, Bernard Riordon is pleased for the opportunity to collaborate with the NBCCD. He states, “Such interaction between two educational and artistic organizations are important, both from the standpoint of what, together, we can offer our viewers and what, as provincial institutions we can learn from and provide to each other. I extend my thanks to both Peter Powning and Karen Ruet, the coordinator of the exhibition and congratulations to all the artists.”                     

A Leap of Faith: Works from the Faculty of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design will be on display at the Beaverbrook Art Galleryuntil September 16, 2007.

For further information contact Karen Ruet at (506) 457-6805 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Laurie Glenn Norris at (506) 458-2024 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
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