National Bank donates $50,000 to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Capital Campaign

Fredericton, 20 April 2012 –

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Bank that  promises to bring art to more people and supports the expansion of the Gallery. The National Bank is providing a financial support for the Gallery’s signature open house series, Drinks with Dali and is contributing $50,000 to the Beaverbrook Campaign, still in its quiet phase.

“Our new partnership is an excellent match. The National Bank is well-known for its community leadership and we certainly appreciate the interest and support it is investing in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. We are proud of our association with the National Bank and look forward to our on-going new partnership,” said Bernard Riordon, CEO and Director of the Beaverbrook Gallery.

Drinks with Dali open house events celebrate the Gallery’s prized piece Santiago El Grande-a painting by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali-while exposing new audiences to the Gallery and showcasing New Brunswick’s emerging talent. Every event features musical entertainment by up-and-coming artists. As well as being a social event, Drinks with Dali also offers guided tours of the Gallery’s collections of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs.

“Over the years, National Bank has built up one of the largest corporate collections in Canada, which it proudly displays in its offices, branches and subsidiaries across Canada. The Bank recognizes the important contribution of art in our society and its supports to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery reflects the Bank’s commitment to Canadian artists,” said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Bank.

The Beaverbrook Campaign, a national initiative, will support a major expansion project and endowment program for the Gallery, with both a significant provincial outreach component and international cultural tourism strategy. Expansion plans will be released to the public with the launch of the Campaign, anticipated in late 2012.

“The National Bank shines a spotlight on the arts community in Canada and we are very pleased to have this generous contribution of $50,000 to support the Gallery’s youth outreach program,” said Campaign Chair, James. C. Irving. “It supports the Gallery’s vision for expanded access to larger facilities, programs and exhibitions.”

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Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank

Bernard Riordon or Nancy Coy
Director and CEO / Campaign Manager
Beaverbrook Art Gallery