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Saint John artist donates proceeds of exhibition to support Symphony New Brunswick.

After attending a recent concert by Symphony New Brunswick conducted by Michael Newnham with Philip Thomson playing Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, well-known Saint John artist Octavio Ribeiro decided to respond to a donation request in a most artistic manner. 

“I attended a memorable concert by Symphony New Brunswick,” said Ribeiro. “The orchestra has come a long way under the direction of Maestro Michael Newnham and the performance by the brilliant Philip Thomson was outstanding. The Symphony is a precious cultural asset in New Brunswick and I would like to lend it my support in a small way.” 

Octavio Ribeiro’s painting are being displayed at the Imperial Theatre until June 15. Since 1994, the theatre has been giving gallery space to established and emerging artists with sufficient material to display. 

“A plea was made from the stage of the concert for funding contributions” said Ribeiro, “and I have decided that I will donate all proceeds from the sale of my paintings at the Imperial to Symphony New Brunswick.”

Octavio Ribeiro studied Fine Arts and Education at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, England, and Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has experience working in various media but prefers to work in oils and watercolour. His subjects are usually figure and floral studies, interiors, cityscapes, and still life.

He has exhibited in group shows at the Royal West of England Academy, in Bristol, England, at the Ring Gallery, the Trinity Gallery, the Citadel Gallery, the Handworks Gallery, and the Arts Centre all in Saint John and at Gallery 78 in Fredericton. His paintings can be found in collections in Europe, the United States, and Canada.

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