Left to Right: City of Fredericton Arts Achievement Award pin designer, NBCCD metal arts student Joel Belliveau, recipient Brigitte Clavette and Deputy Mayor Kate Rogers (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Artists Recognized at Arts Achievement Award Reception

Members of Fredericton’s arts community have been recognized by the City of Fredericton at the inaugural Arts Achievement Award reception.  The event took place at Gallery 78 last evening.

SilverFish Photography Collective and Brigitte Clavette were presented with the award by Mayor Mike O’Brien and Deputy Mayor Kate Rogers, who also serves as chair of the Arts Advisory Committee. 

Members of the Silverfish Photography Collective, recipients of  the City of Fredericton Arts Achievement Award, with Deputy Mayor Kate Rogers.

​SilverFish Photography Collective is made up of 12 members, many whom were on hand at the reception, who bring a unique vision and creative talent to the group. The Collective has held exhibits across New Brunswick and have been part of Fredericton’s artistic landscape since 2000. 

Brigitte Clavette is well known as an artist, educator and active member of the arts community. A highly respected artist, her vibrant, quality work has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards. Her long standing career as head of the metal/jewellery program at NBCCD has resulted in a strong core of artisans working in jewellery and metal.

Other nominees included Charlotte Burhoe, owner of Corked Wine Bar, who regularly promotes art with painting classes, exhibits local artists work and showcases musical talent on a regular basis.  Tina LeJeune, owner of Isaac’s Way and the Abby Café &Gallery was also nominated for her work in exhibiting local artists, raising funds through the sale of art to support music/art /theatre lessons for underprivileged children.

“We’re pleased that this first year of our awards program is celebrating such quality and deserving nominations of cultural achievement and excellence,” said Mayor O’Brien.

The recipients were presented with a bronze pin which was created by NB College of Craft & Design student Joël Belliveau, as part of a collaboration project with NBCCD metal students.  Referring to his design, Mr. Belliveau said:  “I was inspired by the idea of community. I imagine community as a hive of inspiration and knowledge and wanted to represent our community as a honeycomb – as interlocking units that touch and support each other.”

The new Arts Achievement Award program is an action item from the City’s 2014 Cultural Plan, and was created to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of individuals and groups and the importance of the arts in the community at an annual awards ceremony. 

“It’s important to recognize well deserving members of our local arts and culture sector,” said Deputy Mayor Rogers.   “All nominees generously contribute to the vibrant arts and cultural landscape in the city."