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Lecture and Panel Discussion on Plastic in the Environment

April 16, 2019 (lecture) & April 25, 2019 (panel discussion)

Our rivers, oceans, and streams are being polluted with the plastic that we use and discard. Every week a news story features seabirds, turtles and other creatures washed ashore tangled up in plastic, their bellies filled with plastic litter. This is not just happening out there, but here as well.

Join us for a lecture on April 16 at 7 pm in Memorial Hall with Krista Beardy who will share her research in the Bay of Fundy on the presence of microplastics in clams and other mollusks. Ms. Beardy is a graduate student studying for her MSc. at UNB and has extensive experience in monitoring and analyzing coastal waters and wetlands.

Are skipping the straws and using reusable shopping bags enough? Should we ban plastic bags and enforce stricter regulations? Find out more at our panel discussion on April 25 at 7 pm in Memorial Hall.

This discussion will feature panelists Brad Janes, Manager of PR and Education from the Fredericton Regional Solid Waste Commission; Charlene Mayes Professor of Environmental Biology at UNB; David Coon, Member of the Green Party and MLA for the Province of New Brunswick; Jeff Carr, Minister of Environment and Local Government and MLA for the Province of New Brunswick; Kelly Green, a student at Saint Thomas University and member STU Sustainability; Pierre Landry, General Manager of Encorp Atlantic and Stephen Chase, Chair of Public Safety and Environment for the City of Fredericton.

These informative and educational events are part of our World Water Day awareness campaign and the exhibit Cascade: our plastic; our planet; our choice.

Location: Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Hours: Mon-Wed & Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Thursday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

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Cascade: our plastic; our planet; our choice

March 22 - June 7, 2019

It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. On March 22, the UNB Art Centre celebrates World Water Day with a look at the lifecycle of plastic and how plastic pollution affects our water systems.

World Water Day is an initiative of the United Nations to bring awareness to the importance of water resources and their sustainable management. Since its inception in 1993, the project has gathered momentum and participants from all over the world, each inspired to educate and activate their communities through a variety of projects. The UNB Art Centre has been a participant in this movement since 2011.

This year, the UNB Art Centre teams up with the students of ArtZone, UNB Green, UNB Sustainability and STU Sustainability to bring the World Water Day theme to a variety of locations across the two campuses. Opening on March 22 and running through May 3, the East Gallery in Memorial Hall will be the site of the central display Cascade: Our Plastic, Our Planet, Our Choice, which features a waterfall made of plastic collected locally from members of the community. Satellite locations will include the Harriet Irving Library, the SUB at UNB and Sir James Dunn Hall at STU. Each location will display creations made out of plastic by students, along with text panels providing educational information about plastics and their effects on the environment.

As well, over the past several weeks the UNB Art Centre has been running a social media campaign to bring awareness to the amount of plastic in our environment through #PlasticFreeUNB. Images from this campaign will become part of the displays seen across both campuses.

Exhibition openings are an opportunity for people who are curious about art and ideas to mingle and experience this intersection. The UNB Art Centre’s FLOW music series, showcases local musicians and brings together art and music in a unique and experimental way. As part of the opening of Cascade: Our Plastic, Our Planet, Our Choice the UNB Art Centre presents Pallmer, featuring cellist Emily Kennedy and violist Mark Kleyn. Pallmer have been commissioned to create a musical complement to the plastic waterfall and will perform their new work at the opening on March 22.

As part of the educational component of this annual World Water Day event, the UNB Art Centre will be holding a panel discussion featuring key members of the community to examine plastic, its use, and its disposal. This panel will be held in April and more information about this will be provided as details become available.

Location: Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Hours: Mon-Wed & Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Thursday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!


The UNB Art Centre presents

Illuminations: Contemporary Silver Candleholders Honouring Canadian Women in the Arts

An exhibition produced by the Metal Collective

March 8 - May 3, 2019

Illuminations: Contemporary Silver Candleholders Honouring Canadian Women in the Arts is a travelling exhibition produced by the Metal Collective. The exhibit showcases 15 award-winning Canadian metalsmiths and is on view from March 8 through May 3 at the UNB Art Centre. Curated by art historian Laura Brandon, and inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary, this collection of contemporary silver candleholders honours Canadian women’s past, present and future.

Each artist has selected one of the arts and reflects upon the role of women in drawing and painting, dance, architecture, design, music, horticulture, craft, photography, sculpture, theatre, and film. Crafted from heritage tea sets, cutlery and serving dishes, each unique creation includes a recognizable element from the original piece of silver.

Illuminations features the work of some of Canada’s top metalsmiths, jewelers and sculptors, recognized from coast-to-coast: Brigitte Clavette, Charles Funnell, Beth Alber, Ken Vickerson, Jackie Anderson, Fiona Macintyre, Elizabeth Goluch, Mary K. McIntyre, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Chantal Gilbert, Anne Barros, Myra Tulonen Smith, Anne-Sophie Vallée, Mary Anne Barkhouse and Kye-Yeon Son.

Illuminations: Contemporary Silver Candleholders Honouring Canadian Women in the Arts opens on March 8 at 5 p.m. The Curator, Laura Brandon and several of the exhibiting artists will be present.

In keeping with the theme of women’s contribution to the arts, the UNB Art Centre is pleased to take this opportunity to unveil a plaque dedicated to one of the UNB Art Centre founders, Pegi Nicol MacLeod. She along with fellow artist Lucy Jarvis founded the UNB Art Centre in 1941 in the Brydone Jack Observatory. Until 1948, Pegi spent her summers here, teaching art classes and sharing her passion for art with aspiring artists.

As a leading figure in Canadian art, Pegi Nicol MacLeod was known for her unique modernist style, and her ability to convey the liveliness and energy of the world surrounding her subjects through bold colours and expressive lines. Pegi was a socially engaged artist, and made an important contribution to the art of the Second World War by providing a rare view of women in the Canadian armed forces.

Pegi Nicol MacLeod was recommended to the Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada by Laura Brandon, who has published many articles and several books on the artist. The Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada is mandated to advise the Government of Canada, through the Minister of the Environment, on the commemoration of nationally significant aspects of Canada’s history.

National historic sites, persons, and events reflect the rich tapestry of Canada's heritage and their commemoration provides an opportunity for Canadians to connect with and learn more about our country's incredible history.

Location: Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Hours: Mon-Wed & Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Thursday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

For more information

Marie Maltais, Director
(506) 453-4623
artcntr@unb.ca
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