Cutting Your Teeth on Cut Throat Island

The submissions for Challenge Three presented by The Guild are here!The Challenge: Each team had to send me a sentence or similar that they thought I would most enjoy. It had to be at least 8 words long, and each word was to be sent in order one at a time by teammates taking turns. The one I like the most will win. Their team will be safe and will all move onto Round Four.The two losing teams will have to each evict one of their team members from the game.The submissions, in the order in which they were received: Panic MonsterSmart monkeys jump through Master’s hoops avoiding elimination .The Untouchables Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Guns N Rosie’s CutThroat Island: Out Sit, out slay, out cast. Which one is your favourite? Let me know why in the comments. Your input will be taken into consideration. I’ll announce the results Friday morning.

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Exploring Summerside

Explore Summerside

Missing the craft fair scene this fall? Plan on visiting us in Summerside on October 25th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for our first ever Summerside Craft Trail!The Summerside Craft Trail will be a COVID friendly public event utilizing the spaces we already have in the city behind the Evermoore Brewery and Loyalist Country Inn & Conference Centre. We will use the existing two trails of the Confederation Trail and the city trail that run parallel to each other. By using the Loyalist and Evermoore parking lots we can transform these trails to create a ONE-Way, socially distanced walking craft fair with vendors lining the trail. *Please note masks are strongly recommended while attending this event. *All donations at the door will go to the Three Oaks High School.

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New Art at the Art Gallery

CCAG Celebrating Fall Exhibitions with Opening Events Over Two Days!

-Public invited for Centre events Oct. 23-24 exploring three new exhibitions-

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is getting set to host their first opening events since early 2020 and is inviting the public to celebrate three new exhibitions this weekend.

The events are focused around three new exhibitions at the CCAG, including St. John’s-based Mi’kmaw painter Nelson White, whose portrait series Tukien (Awaken) celebrates indigenous artists and activists. This project is a collaboration with the Grenfell Art Gallery (Corner Brook) and co-curated by Mathew Hills and Pan Wendt. 

The two other new shows being recognized include Give Me Shelter, which features 13 artists from St. John’s, and Alexis Bellavance: ốps, a video installation looking at the constant and regular breathing of the sea and sky by the Montreal-based artist.

The CCAG has scheduled a two-day opening, including a ticketed sit-down event on Friday, October 23 and an afternoon of public tours on October 24. Both events require pre-booking and spaces are limited. The Friday October 23 opening is an evening gathering from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Patrons can meet the artists, view the new works, hear live music and enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, all included in a $25.00 ticket. Tables of two or four are available; tickets can be purchased in person at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or by calling 902.566.1267. 

The second event—the October 24 Guided Tours of the new exhibitions—are free-of-charge and will each run for 45 minutes, with a maximum of 10 people per tour. Pre-registration is required for one of four timeslots: 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. Interested patrons should RSVP to Evan Furness at 902.628.6112 or efurness@confederationcentre.com.

>>13 Emerging Artists from St. John’s

Culminating several years of studio visits and research, the CCAG is presenting Give Me Shelter, a two-gallery survey of emerging artists based in the city of St. John’s, NL.

The exhibition features a variety of mediums, ranging from painting and drawing, to video and photography, to sculpture and textile work, including several artists working with hooked rugs. “The show will provide an important platform for St. John’s artists to showcase their work outside their home province, and the publication that will accompany the exhibition is a key part of this exposure,” offers Gallery Director Kevin Rice.  

The exhibition is part of CCAG’s Studio Watch Series and is supported by the RBC Foundation.  “I really enjoyed getting to know the artistic scene in St. John’s,” says exhibition Curator Pan Wendt, “and while this is a broad survey, it also pinpoints some aspects of the culture of St. John’s that I didn’t expect to encounter.” 

Wendt continues, adding that the capital is an international city, with a richness that goes beyond a lot of the stereotypes around Newfoundland culture. “Most of the artists [there] are not actually from the city, which shelters many subcultures and guests from around the world. This became a theme for a show—St. John’s as a sort of safe harbour, a place one can carve out a unique identity.” 

Give Me Shelter displays a complex variety of artistic projects, many of which refer to history and tradition, while at the same time demonstrating the modernity of St. John’s today. The show includes artists: Nicholas Aiden, Greg Bennett, Pepa Chan, Hazel Eckert, Jose Gonzalez, Ashley Hemmings, John McDonald, Jason Penney, Emily Pittman, Daniel Rumbolt, Mimi Stockland, April White, and Olivia Wong. 

Give Me Shelter has received research and logistical support from Eastern Edge Gallery, the Rooms Art Gallery, Emma Butler Gallery, and Christina Parker Gallery. The Centre would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Barbosa Goes Collage

The Gallery at the Guild is now displaying artwork by Raquel Barbosa!This collective work of mixed media collages, titled “Foreclosure: All of me wants all of you,” explores the psychological and symbolic storyline of desire and longing. The work reflects complex relationships that include the distorted, toxic, and tender dynamics of love, belonging, and power.Our gallery is open ’til 5pm today! Come check it out!

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Andrea Surich Joins Confederation Centre

General Manager Andrea Surich to leave Watermark
 
It is with both great appreciation and regret that Watermark Theatre announces the departure of General Manager Andrea Surich.  Andrea will be stepping down from her position at Watermark to assume the role of General Manager of Theatre at The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Effective immediately, Andrea will be sharing her time between the two organizations for the next few months, facilitating a smooth transition for both.
 
Andrea joined Artistic Director Robert Tsonos in the leadership of Watermark Theatre in 2015. Since then, the company has experienced exponential growth at the box office, launched a hugely successful Mentorship Program, and placed the theatre on solid footing for years to come, while delivering theatre productions every summer to great critical and audience acclaim.
 
“Andrea has had an incredible impact on our company and is a major reason why the theatre is in such great shape, both artistically and financially”, explains Robert, “her hard work, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm has immeasurably shaped this theatre. We are going to miss her immensely but also wish her well in her new position”.
 
Watermark Theatre Board Chair Rodney Payne added, “It would be difficult to overstate how important Andrea has been to the Watermark Theatre.  Her engagement and commitment over the past five years is greatly appreciated and she will be sorely missed.”
 
Watermark Theatre’s Board of Directors, artists, staff, and volunteers extend their deepest gratitude to Andrea for her leadership and service to the company and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new stage of her career.
 
For more information or interview requests please contact:
Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com
or at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Write Your Own Movie

Dates: Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9
Time: this course with happen Monday evenings from 6pm to 7:30pm AST.
Location: ZOOM
Fee: $50.00 plus HST ($57.50 total)
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NOTE: FilmPEI has a ‘pay what you can’ policy for members. Please contact info@filmpei.com for more details.

In this three-week course we will delve into writing for short form documentary—how does the short documentary differ from the feature length documentary? What do we mean by ‘writing’ for documentary and what place does it have in the creative process? Over the three weeks we
will cover these questions as well as all creative documents required by directors for applications and proposals.

This course is aimed to help writer/director’s hone their writing skills and prepare creative documents for submission to Film4Ward. The course is appropriate for both beginner documentary filmmakers, as well as experienced filmmakers looking to further develop their writing skills.

If you have an idea for a documentary but need that extra little push to get the idea off the ground or if you’ve been working on your idea for a while and need additional information to bring your writing elements together—this course is for you!

EXTRA BONUS

The instructor will be workshopping and making notes on 6 participant projects during and after this workshop series. If you want to be considered for one of these spots please send us the following information to info@filmpei.com:

• filmmaker bio/resume
• short synopsis of your proposed short documentary

About Lorraine Price

At the age of seven, Lorraine announced she would be a storyteller when she grew up and she has never looked back. Born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lorraine now resides in Montreal, where she works as an award-winning writer and director.

Lorraine’s debut feature documentary LAST WOMAN STANDING premiered at the 2013 Hot Docs International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Canadian Documentary and finished in the Top Ten Audience Choice Awards. LAST WOMAN STANDING went on to win Best Direction at the 2014 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

Lorraine’s second film, INSIDE THESE WALLS, premiered on CBC Main Channel in October 2016. INSIDE THESE WALLS won Best Short Documentary at Crossroads Film Festival and was nominated for a coveted Golden Sheaf Award in the category of Best Social/Political Documentary.

In 2017, Lorraine was selected to attend a 10-day practical workshop in Cuba with Werner Herzog, where she wrote and directed a short docu/fiction hybrid, called MAGIA.

In 2019 Lorraine directed the final episode of TSN’s award-winning series ENGRAVED ON A NATION, titled ON THE LINE. ON THE LINE was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including, Best Series, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Sound. Lorraine went on to win Best Direction Documentary Series and Best Editing Documentary Series went to her editor, Pauline Decroix.

Lorraine has a passion for telling stories that embrace multiple perspectives and question singular truths.

http://www.lorraineprice.com

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Sprucing Up the Past

Amy recently spent some time touching up the faded lettering on this plaque that honours veterans of the First World War from the community of Victoria. A second plaque at the Victoria Playhouse honours Second World War and Korean Conflict veterans. Many of the family names on these plaques can still be found in the community today!

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Waking Up Nelson White

CCAG Set to Unveil Nelson White Portrait Exhibition ‘Tukien (Awaken)’

New exhibition of Pop Art-style portraits one of three new featured show

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Nelson White. Tukien (Awaken): Nelson White, is on display from October 10 to January 13, 2021. The exhibition features 18 painted portraits of an extended network of indigenous artists, creatives, and activists, who, for White represent contemporary cultural leaders, what he calls his “kin.”

St. John’s-based Mi’kmaw artist Nelson White has become something of a local celebrity recently, following news of his artwork being placed on permanent display at the Museum of the American Indian in The Smithsonian

Yet even as his work is now being seen internationally, White remains an artist devoted to the familiar, the accessible, and to his extended circle of friends, a group of creative indigenous artists and workers who are together helping to bring about a cultural renaissance, what White calls “a collective raising of consciousness.” 

The title of his new show, Tukien, is a Mi’kmaq word meaning “awaken,” a reference to this collective enterprise of creating a new sense of contemporary indigenous life. An exhibition organized by the CCAG and The Grenfell Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, the show will tour coast to coast and will include a publication in three languages (English, French, and Mi’kmaq).

Born on the west coast of Newfoundland (Taqamkuk), in the community of Flat Bay, Nelson is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. He attended the visual arts program at the former Bay St. George Community College, before graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). His paintings are included in public and private collections across North America. 

The new exhibition is one of three new exhibitions opening this fall at the CCAG, including Give Me Shelter. That exhibition introduces the work of 13 emerging artists, also based in St. John’s, NL. All new fall exhibitions will be celebrated with an official opening weekend of activities, October 23-24. Stay tuned to confederationcentre.com for more announcements.

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