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My Two World’s at Guild

Patricia Bourque will present “My Two World’s” taking place at The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PEI, On June 22nd to July 3rd 2016.

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Patricia is a Mi’kmaq First Nation photographer living in Charlottetown, PEI. Photographing cultural & local PEI events as well as landscapes. Patricia is proud to present her first photograph gallery focusing on life in rural & urban PEI, through her Mi’kmaq eyes. There will be a collection of Patricia’s favorite photographs.

“Mi’kmaq believe that a great spirit created the universe and everything in it. We believe all things – plants, animals, people and Mother Earth herself – all have the Creator’s spirit in them and must be respected. Everything on Earth is connected and sacred.”

Everything’s Got a Story (and an app)

The Story of Confederation Kiosk

Location: beside the 1864 sculpture on the historic grounds surrounding Province House National Historic Site.

Hours of Operation: July and August: 9 a.m. –5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday (weather depending).

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Cost: Free of charge

The kiosk will offer the following services:

Information on Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Confederation Players, the Confederation Centre Young Company, Province House National Historic Site and other Parks Canada heritage places on PEI.

Wifi access to the official Parks Canada Province House app. The app is available for free download to your handheld device or with the use of an iPad, which will be available for loan.

Parks Canada’s Green Screen, which allows visitors to have their image superimposed on a stunning Parks Canada backdrop image (weather depending).

Visitors are also welcome to learn more about this iconic site through interpretive panels that have been installed on the grounds of Province House.

Experience the Confederation Players

Confederation Chamber Experience

Location: Confederation Centre Upper Foyer
Hours of Operation:
June: 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; Closed Sunday
July and August: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday

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Cost: free of charge. The Chamber visitor experience includes the following:

A stunning replica of the historical Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference; Parks Canada’s new 20-minute film ‘Building of Destiny’ which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September 1864 when history was made at Province House that would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.

A short film about the role of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Canada’s national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

Historic vignettes from the Confederation Players.

Guided interpretation of the exhibition, which includes a few original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber.

Parallel Journey Lands on PEI

Landon Mackenzie is a nationally celebrated, Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale paintings on canvas. Lesser known are her works on paper, which she produces as a tandem practice to her paintings, and often while away from her home. These ink and watercolour creations are spontaneous and free-form and speak to the deepest levels of the creative urge with minimal forethought or revision. As part of a national tour, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is now exhibiting at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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Born in the U.S. and raised in Toronto, Mackenzie studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Some of her student etchings will be included in the show including layered works often featuring text, which shed light on some of her mature painting practice, in which she often writes words and phrases into the painting that later get covered over by marks and images.

After completing her MFA at Concordia University she turned to painting and her Lost River Series, which she began in 1981, was an overnight sensation. Mackenzie moved to teach at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1986. She travels each summer to work on P.E.I., and had the opportunity to work for part of the year in Berlin in 2013, and in the Canada Council Paris studio in 2009. Whenever she is on the road as a speaker or visiting artist she tends to work only on paper, but most of these works have rarely been exhibited. This exhibition provides the opportunity for audiences to delve deeply into this aspect of Mackenzie’s practice.

Mackenzie’s strengths as an artist are her inventive energy, her intellectual restlessness and curiosity, and her love of imagery, maps, language, and history. Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is accompanied by a multi-authored, full-length book published by Black Dog Publishing in the U.K., with special support from the Audain Foundation.

Mackenzie’s survey exhibition will be highlighted at the Art Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Opening Gala, which takes place this Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre.

The Story of Confederation is Back

While Province House is closed and as we lead towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Parks Canada and Confederation Centre are committed to telling the story of Province House. This year again, The Story of Confederation program will be back on the historic grounds surrounding Province House and at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This program offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Province House National Historic Site and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work.

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This year, The Story of Confederation features some new programming, including a new Parks Canada Explorers booklet which is always popular with kids, and the return of the popular Confederation Players who make regular Chamber visits throughout their day.

The Parks Canada film ‘A Building of Destiny’, which tells the story of Province House and the Charlottetown Conference, won second place in the Interpretation Canada Awards of Excellence this year. This film may be purchased at The Showcase Gift Shop here at the Centre.

New Art at the Watermark Art Gallery

The Watermark Art Gallery is a fine art gallery exhibiting original art created by local artists in the lobby of the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Curated by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson, the 2016 Season includes artists Donald Andrus, Bill Hodgson and Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson.

Donald Andrus is a painter who lives in Flat River and exhibits across the Atlantic region. His work is part of collections around the world including Texas, Japan and Taiwan.

A few words from Mr. Andrus – “…I want the viewer to be as intimately involved as possible with the paintings; through reflection, through absorption, through the use of repetition and through a concern for Beauty.”

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Bill Hodgson is a metal sculptor who lives in Harrington and his work can be found across Canada with major public art installations in London, Ontario.

A few words from Mr. Hodgson – “With a conceptual approach, I try to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and I believe in the idea of function following form in a work.”

Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson is a painter who lives part time in Quebec City, and part-time in PEI. Mary exhibits her work primarily in Quebec City, Montreal and PEI.

A few words from Ms. Robertson “The goal of my work is to explore and give voice to the contrasting and complementary textures, colours, compositions and rhythms of my environment. Since 2002, I have researched the use of acrylic sheet (Plexiglass) as a surface for my work and I continue to experiment with this medium.”

The Gallery opens June 28th and is open daily and scheduled around our theatre performances. A Gallery Reception will be held on July 12th from 2PM to 4PM.