Painting, Drawing and Sculpting Realism at Gallery 78

Group Exhibition Studies Realism at Gallery 78

Fredericton NB – Gallery 78 has a brilliant group exhibition that is an equal treat for the eyes: “Painting, Drawing, and Sculpting Realism,” opening on October 6, 2017, from 5 – 7 pm.
The exhibition is on-line and continues until Sunday, October 29, 2017. More details below, as well as what’s new to the gallery, and a few congratulations to recent accomplishments of some of our artists.
As a movement that began in 1850s France, realism continues to grow and evolve to this day. Without a focus on a concept or the abstract, realism shines in the portrayal of the visual: artists interpret the world, reality, life, and everyday objects with their own flair though painting.
The art form has a long-standing history in Eastern Canada, and is still alive and well among maritime artists. To celebrate its ties in our region, October’s exhibit at Gallery 78 is a stunning collection of realist works, with subjects ranging from built environments, objects, natural landscapes, to figures, from Atlantic Canadian artists.
Jessie Babin and Cliff Turner
Photorealism is an art movement that grew out of realism in the 1970s, as a reaction to abstract movements and in response to the overwhelming use of photography in the 20th century, and this technically precise art form is no stranger to our artists.
Susan Paterson, Cathy Ross, and Joanne Hunt


Still life paintings, reminiscent of classic historical still lifes, continue to shine and prosper in the maritime provinces.


Anne Balch, Stephanie Weirathmueller, and Victoria Moon Joyce


Portraits and works of nature are also cornerstones of realist art. With impeccable detail and steadiness of the artist’s hand, figures, natural scenes, and water, are sprung to life on the canvas, board, or paper.


Jessie Babin, Steven Rhude, and Melissa Kennedy
Bring your family and friends to meet a selection of the artists on Friday, October 6 from 5 – 7 pm.
The exhibition continues until October 29.

About Gallery 78

The oldest private art gallery in New Brunswick was established in 1976 by James and Inge Pataki. James, a classical musician, and Inge a practicing visual artist, arrived in Fredericton from Europe in 1970 when James joined the Brunswick String Quartet at the University of New Brunswick.

Avid art lovers and collectors for many years, they quickly became an integral part of the province’s cultural community and opened a gallery in their home at 78 Brunswick Street with a stable of artists/friends including Bruno Bobak, Molly Lamb Bobak, David Blackwood, Carol Fraser, Brigid Toole Grant, Joseph Plaskett, David Silverberg and others. By the late 1980’s their home was no longer adequate to house this flourishing business and with foresight and considerable tenacity, they acquired the Crocket House, an historic home the present location since 1989.

Situated in Fredericton’s historic downtown, overlooking the scenic Saint John River, the gallery is just steps away from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Legislative Assembly and Christ Church Cathedral. The building itself is a stately 19th century Queen Anne Revival mansion complete with conical roof, corner turret, decorative shingles, bay and stained glass windows, and intricate woodwork.

The gallery provides studio space to artists and an adjacent coach house is the home base for the outdoor theatre group, the Calithumpians.

Gallery 78 presents major solo and group exhibitions every month throughout the year in seven spacious exhibition areas.

While Inge continues to provide counsel to the gallery, daughter Germaine Pataki-Thériault and colleague Kim Bent work with family and close friends to promote the wonderful art of Atlantic Canada to the world.

Galleries should be enjoyable, comfortable, inspiring places to visit. Gallery 78 is renowned for its exceptional service, warm hospitality, high quality art selection, expert advice, honesty and integrity. Clients have trusted the gallery since 1976 to help build their art collections and beautify their homes and offices. Gallery 78 serves a clientele of corporate, private, and public collectors in Canada and abroad.

Gallery 78 is honoured to have been recognized with the 2004 Micro Business Excellence Award and the 2016 Community Leadership through Business Award by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

Gallery 78 is a long standing member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

Professional appraisal services are offered in accordance with the International Society of Appraisers.







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