Category Archives: State of the Art

Reclaiming and Staking Claims

Reclamations by Renee Laprise, Jane Whitten, & Lenny Gallant

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At The Guild through November 9

Reclamations is a group exhibition exploring the theme of reclaiming. In this exhibition the artists explore what it means to reclaim materials, ideas, and heritage into objects and images that speak to personal and global concerns. The Artists are Renee Laprise, Jane Whitten, & Lenny Gallant.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Being Brian Burke

Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective Set to Open on October 5

An overview of the career of one of the Island’s most significant visual artists on exhibition at CCAG

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A new exhibition opens this week at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) celebrating the work of Brian Burke. The long-awaited two-gallery show will be open to the public on October 6 and officially celebrated—along with three other new exhibitions–at the Fall Art Gala on Friday, October 18 at the CCAG. The exhibition and its associated publication are sponsored by CN100.

The exhibition features over 100 paintings from a career that spanned 35 years. Brian Burke (1952-2017) was one of Prince Edward Island’s most significant visual artists of the past century. Mostly self-taught, although he did study briefly under Eric Fischl at NSCAD, Burke was a painter with a distinct personal style. His works addressed social roles, alienation, and the absurd in darkly humorous figurative images.

“Brian Burke is still a local hero, but he was also someone who dealt with universal themes, and achieved international success,” explains Curator Pan Wendt. “He was a rare artist who both sold his work and achieved critical acclaim, and he was a painter’s painter, instantly recognized by his peers for his original and powerful vision.”

This exhibition sums up Burke’s career, ranging from his rough and direct early work, through his time in New York and his major exhibition Mister Man, to his last decade, when he worked in Luzern, Switzerland, and includes loans from many private and public collections. It is accompanied by a publication that features essays by Wendt; Burke’s spouse, fellow artist Judith Scherer; NYU art history professor Robert Slifkin; and Swiss curator Heinz Stahlhut.

“We are so pleased with the generosity and collaboration of many private and several public collections for lending work to us for this exhibition in particular the Artist’s Estate,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice.

He continues, “This retrospective of nearly 130 paintings, including many completed in Switzerland and not shown on P.E.I. previously, is really a celebration of an important Canadian artist. We hope we have a fantastic turnout at the opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, October 18 at 7 pm.”

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Worth and Beaulieu Fill the Guild

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Land of Plenty; works by Jordan Beaulieu

This show is a small collection of my recent drawings and bookworks. In my practice I focus on how sequential and visual-verbal art forms can be used (and misused) to create new narrative and poetic structures. These narratives are not so much linear paths as associative clusters; their accumulation is intended to give the viewer an impression of place, timeframe, mindset, and the way these are mediated through the perspective of the narrator. Often my work investigates how a person may be commanded by their environment by examining the agency of place and its potential to powerfully affect temperament and perspective. Drawing from both autobiographical and imagined encounters, I engage with the relationship between material and make-believe worlds to explore how fiction may be used as a mediating point between artist and viewer.

These works are also inspired by the hybrid relationship between contemporary art and the transient products of independent publishing. My approach to art making combines traditional exhibition practices with a DIY ethos, with the aim to explore and challenge the relationship art has to its own precarious definitions. This includes developing intersections between art and conventionally lowbrow forms of popular and ephemeral medias including comics, zines, and amateur video.

Rural Alchemy; works by Damien Worth

Following a move to rural PEI six years ago, Belfast artist, Damien Worth began a project that looked to rural locations, objects, and traditions as subject matter. Rural Alchemy presents a selection of new digital-based work that re-contextualizes documented and found images. He finds that the idea of taking these images of isolated places and incidents, and bringing them together to create new pseudo-communities serves as an entry point to discuss rural identity.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

See the Stars Under the Stars

My World is Empty…without you: projections on the plaza

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Gallery Under the Stars is a unique art experience featuring a series of video installations projected on the walls of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Featuring work by 12 renowned artists from around the world, this series of video installations has been curated by Ihor Holubizky. Gallery Under the Stars is available for viewing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Mapping Worlds Connecting Worlds

Connecting Worlds: a collaborative response to Shuvinai Ashoona’s Mapping Worlds

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Artist and educator B.J. Lecours will facilitate the creation of a collaborative public drawing installation where visitors are invited to respond to Shuvinai Ashoona’s fantastical Mapping Worlds exhibition through drawing. This collaborative creation will draw on themes, images, and understandings of Ashoona’s worlds, conversing with them visually and creating an original response through drawing. Lecours invites the public to draw their own worlds, considering: How would you represent the connections in your life? Who are the characters in your world? How does it feel? What is the blueprint for its future? She will assemble public drawings on the wall and continue drawing on them, building connections between contributions and imagining a world of her own.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, 1-3:30 p.m.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Beyond the Regalia

July 10, 2019
At the Guild – Gallery
Patricia Bourque — Beyond The Regalia
Opening Reception July 10, 7 – 9pm
On display until August 18

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Beyond The Regalia is a series of photographic portraits of Mi’kmaw women from my traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki. With these images, I want to bring honour back to the Mi’kmaw women. When I see our Women, I see; beauty, dignity, strength and sacredness.

It is my hope that visitors to the show will make the connections: that they will cease to make assumptions about these women, and see beyond the images created by the media or that the justice system have formed. The many First Nations women who were murdered, or listed missing, are human beings, and similar to the portraits I am creating of living Mi’kmaw Women, I want their stories told. My hope is that viewers get to know us, see who we really are, or were. I want these visuals to start conversations; to make people feel, think, understand, and perhaps walk away with new perceptions, new beliefs about First Nations, and about themselves. It is also an opportunity to bring awareness to the MMIWG, and to honour their memories. It is my belief, this is one step towards reconciliation, another step toward new understandings, and another step toward pride and honour for each of the women that I photograph.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Hooked on Hooking

Watermark Lobby Art Gallery – Rug Hooking

 

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For the 2019 season, the Watermark Gallery installation is a celebration of traditional rug hooking with a very creative nod to the lobster fishing history of North Rustico. The bows, gates and other pieces from old lobster traps have been used to showcase the hooked pieces. Some of the art pieces tell a story and others are PEI and seaside memories.

Rug hooking as we know it today may have developed in North America, specifically along the Eastern Seaboard in New England in the United States, the Canadian Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In its earliest years, rug hooking was a craft of poverty. The vogue for floor coverings in the United States came about after 1830 when factories produced machine-made carpets for the rich. Poor women began looking through their scrap bags for materials to employ in creating their own home-made floor coverings to cover up their cold floors. Women employed whatever materials they had available. After 1850 their hooked rugs were created on the burlap of used old grain and feed bags. Every scrap of fibre that was no longer usable as clothing was put into rugs. Yarns and wools are now usually used in the making of the pieces.

Today rug hooking or mat making as it is sometimes referred to has been labeled in Canada as a fine art. “…we call it painting with wool…” says rug-hooking instructor Linda Marchbank of Travellers Rest, who has been immersed in this art for the past decade. The art of rug hooking has made an amazing comeback with large rug hooking groups all over North America, in Australia and England. In 2006, the Hooked Rug Museum of North American Society was incorporated and opened in Hubbards/Queensland, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Visitors can enjoy the creative work of the Island Matters Rug Hooking Group and Friends, curated by Shelagh Lindley of The Plum Tree Studio, PEI in our lobby all summer long.

Official Opening of the Gallery is on July 10th from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.
The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 2:00PM to 7:00PM, Closed on Sundays.
Open until August 31st.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

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

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE  C0A 1X0
www.watermarktheatre.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse