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Here. Now. is a juried group exhibit of works by contemporary PEI artists presented by this town is small inc. in partnership with The Guild. The exhibit features works by Donnalee Downe, Kelly Caseley, Lenny Gallant, Alexander Reuss, A Powerful Machine, Carina Phillips, and Millefiore Clarkes.
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Here. Now is at The Guild August 8th through September 3rd.
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To the Rescue

Join us at the Guild for Gerald Beaulieu‘s fantastic exhibit, “Superheroes”
The theme of Superheroes for me references both a passion for the comic book genre and a fascination of the extraordinary. I want these figures all to be larger than life, displaying an act of desire to go beyond physical limits and the need to transcend imposed boundaries. Each figure in both form and material is in a state of transition, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the commonplace to the mythical. These pieces are an attempt to comment on the notion of the heroic, the drastic singular act as solution and answer, the role model to be admired and emulated, the isolation of celebrity and the dualities of public personas and secret identities. Shown together I hope these figures reflect on both the power of the myths they aspire to and the fragility of the reality they inhabit.
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This series has was created over a span of ten years. The final three figures of the series were completed during a month-long residency in 2007 at Gallery Connexion in Fredericton New Brunswick in cooperation with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. When completed the complete collection was exhibited at the Gallery, the College, and downtown Fredericton.
The structure of all the figures are composed of wood carved into their various poses. Each figure starts out the same, in composition, as the others and are transformed or given their powers, by the various surface treatments applied to the figures. These action figures are not representative of any one character but are compilations derived from the comic genre, mythologies, and legend.
Superheroes is at The Guild through July 28th

Back to Life

Local Photographer Exhibits at Watermark Theatre’s Gallery

The distinguished Canadian photographer from New Glasgow PEI, Lionel F. Stevenson, will have his works on display at Watermark Theatre’s gallery this summer.  Mr. Stevenson studied photography in Toronto and was awarded Canadian Photographer of the Year in 1967. In 1977 he founded a commercial photography and design studio, Camera Art in Charlottetown which he operated until his death in 2017.

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Lionel embarked on a great number of photographic projects, including “Elders of Island” which is a collection of 30 portraits of Island elders purchased by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, a series of architectural books with Scott Smith and “Document of Our Times” a 1978 exhibition at The Confederation Centre that recorded Island life.

In 2012-13 Lionel had a retrospective, “50 Years of Photographs” at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, which revealed to the viewer the range and dedication of his talent. To quote Pan Wendt, curator of Lionel’s retrospective, “If the photograph has always been a matter of evidence, Lionel Stevenson’s photographs are evidence not only of moments in the past but the lasting strength of the attentive hand and eye.”

The Watermark Gallery is a fine art gallery exhibiting original art created by local artists, it opens to the public on June 26th and is open daily except Sundays until August 31st. Call the theatre for operating hours at 902-963-3963.

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Very New Art Now

The Gallery @ The Guild presents, in partnership with this town is small inc., new works by Sandi Hartling and Somnia Lucent. This exhibit is supported by Innovation PEI through the PEI Culture Action Plan and curated by this town is small.
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Somnia Lucent’s Waver the Waters is an audio and video installation in perpetual evolution intended to explore the phenomenon of bilocation and non-linear time theory.

Sandi Hartling’s What’s the Difference? is an installation that uses humour to explore metafiction and the construction of reality by combining carpentry and theoretical discourse.

Opening Reception June 13th
On display until July 8th

When Art is Smart

ArtsSmarts is a national program that brings hands on arts education into the core curriculum of schools. Through the program, artists work with teachers and students on projects that integrate arts activities into non arts school subject areas. Students combine their learning of core subjects such as math and languages with the help of visual and literary arts, dance, music and theatre.

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Once again, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is holding an exhibition of artwork from the program. This year’s exhibition will include work by students from seven Island schools.

We invite you to come and see the amazing creations by Island students participating in this year’s ArtsSmarts program. The opening reception is Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. but we encourage you to come at 5:30 p.m. for the demonstration of tessellations by Queen Charlotte students. Everyone is welcome.

Hooked and Needled

This first exhibition by a group of dynamic women artists will surprise you with the scope and depth of their original craft work. Drawn together by a love of rug hooking and a shared interest in design and color and with a lively approach to their work, they have produced a vivid display of varied pieces to delight the eye. These include rug hooking, quilting, embroidery and appliqué from pocket-sized pieces to full-sized quilts. These works offer a modern spin on classic projects.
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The focal point of the exhibition is the design by Susan Dundee which has been executed by each of the artists showing her own interpretation of the piece in a variety of mediums. As artists and teachers of our crafts, we are delighted to share our vision of the world.

The group is comprised of Susan Dundee, Caroline Jenner, Shelagh Lindley, Anne Lockhart, Sandra MacDonald, Joanne McVicker and Valerie Moore.

The opening reception for Hooks and Needles, Thread and Wool is at the Guild will be held on May 30th from 7-9 pm.

Pin It Up

May 16, 2018
Calendar Girls ~
A series of 13 whimsical Polymer Clay, Pin-up girl sculptures by artist Christina Patterson. Enjoy a collection of
different themed characters for each month, that coincides with the tone of that month.
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The series explores the idea of the Pin-up Calendar girl in a fun, sexy and lighthearted way. The show at The Guild will
include a limited run of Calendars, along with limited run prints, a cheeky viewfinder, and keychains.
Come and meet the artist Saturday, May 19th from 3-5pm. The exhibit is open for viewing to the public from May 16th – 27th at the Guild between Gallery hours!