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Art and food to be the centre of focus at New Brunswick Craft Council fundraiser

Aman Electricwala / The Brunswickan

Aman Electricwala / The Brunswickan

What do crafts have to do with food and beer?

Well, according to the New Brunswick Crafts Council (NBCC), everything. On Thursday, Oct. 30 at Gallery 78, the Craft Council will be hosting a Halloween-themed fundraiser to celebrate crafts and arts in Fredericton and the province, as well as their 50th anniversary.

This event, named “Beer ‘n’ Stein,” has just that; beers and steins (a traditional beer goblet.) Partnered with Picaroons, there will be a variety of fun activities and stations showcasing music, spooky photographs, silent films and crafts made from local artists and groups. Tickets offer Picaroons beer, finger food from the Lunar Rogue Pub, and the chance to walk away with a choice of fine items.

Alison Murphy, executive director, and Claire Shiplett, project manager, the only two employees of the NBCC, had plenty to say about the event and the arts scene in downtown Fredericton.

“We’re really looking forward to the Beer ‘n’ Stein. It’s new and fun and we’re hoping to connect with a broad demographic of people who see the value in locally made crafts,” they said.

Over the years, they say, a number of good gallery spaces have been lost and there has been a bit of a shift in the direction the arts have been going. This shift is in more hybrid or crossover art forms, meaning that artists are optimizing the qualities of a variety of mediums and creating exhibitions that demonstrate how well some of these can come together.

The Beer ‘n’ Stein event will showcase examples of this, and is directed towards a younger audience. For the NBCC, this is a chance to revamp the organization and develop a youthful core that will work towards helping develop the art and craft scene downtown.

“The New Brunswick Crafts Council is in the process of revitalizing itself with new staff, new and extended programming, and some exciting new partnerships,” they explained.

“Working with Picaroons, Gallery 78 and our amazing membership for this event has been a pleasure. We hope to see lots of creative costumes for this fun and beer-filled event.”

Tickets are $40 and available at the Picaroons Brewtique and Gallery 78.

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