Coming up: Playground at the George Fry Gallery

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Playground is a celebration of creativity and play, showcasing work from Advanced Studio Practice program students at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD).

The George Fry Gallery proudly presents Playground, opening May 30. On display until August 23, visitors are invited to visit the gallery and admire the unique artistic explorations that bring back the wonder of childhood, where every material, shape, and  colour holds the potential for pure magic and creation featuring the unique perspectives of Alina  Karmadanova, Caise McLellan, Ciara Myshrall, Grace Hallewell, Ivy Grenier, Katherine Neily,  Emily Dao, and Becca Hanley. The work of these eight graduates showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, jewelry-metal arts, textiles, painting, and photography. 

At the heart of Playground is a rebellion against the seriousness of the art world. These artists create a safe space for exploration, free from the pressures of adulthood. They recognize the importance of hard work and critique, but they choose to approach their craft with a playful attitude, inspiring others to embrace their inner child and find joy in their work.

These artists are celebrating the weirdness, quirkiness, and the beauty of embracing our flaws.  The exhibited works offer commentary on valuing women, the nature of love, cherishing girlhood,  embracing whimsy, and tackling uncomfortable topics with the honesty only children possess. 

“At first, all play is pretend practice,” said Jean Rooney, program instructor and Head of Studio Practice at NBCCD. “Our graduate program uses play as a preparation ground for the real  world. Our students have spent an intense year expanding their design practice, learning business  skills and entrepreneurship strategies. They have shown they are willing and have made a leap of  commitment towards a serious design career. In other words, they are ready.” 

The George Fry Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and is located at 408  Queen St., Fredericton, NB.

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