See the New Lineup

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will celebrate its winter and spring exhibitions with one of its ever-popular opening reception events on February 24 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come see the Gallery’s new lineup featuring a contemporary Island artist, an early 20th Century amateur Island photographer, videos by 11 well-known Quebec artists, a collection exhibition, and a mid-career survey of a New Brunswick artist’s print and installation works.

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“The opening is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and check out several new exhibitions and an impressive range of art-making. It promises to be a lot of fun,” says Kevin Rice, Director of the Gallery.

New exhibitions include Norma Jean MacLean’s Accumulated, Positioned, Reflected, curated by Pan Wendt and a part of the Gallery’s Studio Watch Series that is supported by the RBC Foundation. Wish You Were Here: W.S. Louson’s Picture Postcards featuring images of PEI landscapes was curated by Harry Holman. Motion includes short videos by Jean-Pierre Aubé, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Caroline Boileau, Michel de Broin, Pascal Grandmaison, Nelson Henricks, Myriam Laplante, Eduardo Menz, Nadia Myre, and Chih-Chien Wang. Motion was organized and circulated by Galerie l’UQAM and curated by La Fabrique d’expositions, a collective of Montreal curators, Julie Bélisle, Louise Déry and Audrey Genois. Luminous looks at effects of light and colour in eleven works from the Gallery’s Collection and was curated by Kevin Rice. Eric Edson’s Other Stories, includes the large-scale installation ruins (2017) alongside a selection of Edson’s work that spans two decades, and was curated by Pan Wendt and organized collaboratively by the Confederation Centre Gallery and Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University.

Several featured artists will be in attendance at the opening and attendees can enjoy light snacks, a cash bar, and live music provided by SOPA music performance students.

There is no cost to attend the event. For more information, please visit

http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/exhibitions.php.

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Young Masters At Work

The Young Masters The Artwork from the Graduating Class of 2018 Colonel Gray & Charlottetown Rural
January 24, 2018 to February 3, 2018 at The Guild.
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This is a group exhibition of the final independent artwork of the Grade 12 art class of 2018. Students have been working to develop their artwork throughout their high school careers and in the last few weeks of their final semester have sought to create their own young masterpieces.

The artwork ranges through a variety of mediums; from sculpture, to painting, to sketchbook work, and over a variety of subject matters. These works demonstrate the students own investigations into their personal interests and passions in the world of art.

New Works at the Gallery

Winter 2018 Will Bring New Exhibitions to the Gallery

New works, historical postcards, and visual movements

A young Island artist, a gifted amateur Island photographer, and videos by 11 well-known Quebec artists make up the Gallery’s new winter lineup of exhibitions.

Norma Jean MacLean’s exhibition Accumulated, Positioned, Reflected is a selection of her recent work where she explores the aesthetics of improvised layering, piling, and accumulation. MacLean is a part of the Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Program that is supported by the RBC Foundation. Curated by the Gallery’s Pan Wendt, the exhibition will be on display from January 13 to April 28.

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William Steele Louson was a gifted amateur photographer from Charlottetown. Wish You Were Here: W.S. Louson’s Picture Postcards of Prince Edward Island showcases his photographs of picturesque Island landscapes that were reproduced on postcards. This historical exhibition captures a period in the 20th century when the public interest in buying and selling postcards was a new mania. Curated by Gallery guest, Harry Holman, the exhibition will be on display from January 20 to April 21.

Motion is a visual anthology that shows the work of 11 Quebec artists. The theme of “motion” is understood in two ways: as movement and as a proposal. This exhibition was organized and circulated by Galerie de I’UQAM and curated by La Fabrique d’exposition, and a collection of Montreal curators: Julie Belisle, Louise Dery and Audrey Genois.

“The new exhibitions will see the art gallery transformed yet again,” says Gallery director Kevin Rice.  “I am looking forward to Norma Jean MacLean’s new paintings and installations; Harry Holman’s research on W. S. Louson’s early 20th century landscape photography (which circulated primarily on postcards); and the videos by 11 well-known contemporary artists based in Quebec. These exhibitions will provide audiences with a wonderful diversity of artworks.”

And this is your last chance to see John Greer: Material and Metaphor exhibition which closes January 14, 2018.

The Gallery winter/spring hours run from January 1 until May 20, welcoming the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

A description of each exhibition can be found on the website at http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/exhibitions.php.

New Art at The Guild

January 10, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The PEI Visual Art Teachers Association presents an exhibit showcasing the talents of members. All the participating artists will show a number of their works in a show we call “VATA”. The show will be on display from January 9th until January 23rd, 2018

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Opening Night, Wednesday, January 10th is at The Guild with a cash bar and light refreshments. This will give you the opportunity to meet the artists who teach students from one end of the Island to the other.

Prayer Flags at the Guild

Photographers Glen Strickey and Rosalyn Strickey’s images visually interpret Asian culture and people’s connections to spiritual pursuits. These images were taken over a year of study. The photographs illustrate Glen and Rosalyn’s extensive travels across 9 countries within Asia, as well as, images taken of the monks and nuns of PEI.
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The focus of this exhibit is on people’s spirituality and what motivates them. The photographers encourage the audience to interpret these images through the lens of their own personal motivation. Motivation: A Visual Exploration of Asian Culture is at the Guild through January 1, 2018.

Winter Buds and Blooms

Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity 

Watercolour paintings by Island Artist Mary Margaret Land

An exhibition of 14 watercolour paintings by Island artist Mary Margaret Land will open with a public reception on December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom of Confederation Centre of the Arts and remain on exhibition until December 22.

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Land created the paintings over the last decade; to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial, Land has been inspired to present the collection of paintings and prose reflections representing the floral emblem of each province and territory along with a painting entitled “Canadian Unity.”

“Each provincial and territorial flower conveys its own unique character, and together they represent the best of Canada,” says Land. “It is my hope that this exhibit will serve to inspire and re-energize Canadians as they reflect on these values we share as the community of Canada.” 

Land will be attending the opening reception and will also be present at the exhibition December 15 and 17 from 1- 4 p.m. to talk to visitors about her project.

Get to the Glory Hole at the Guild

Glory Hole: The Sexy Sex Art Show opens at the Gallery at the Guild in
Charlottetown from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, November 8 th .
Laura Chapin, Susana Rutherford, Dave Stewart and Jenni Zelin are the co-curators of the multi-
artist exhibit. In a release, the curators note that the show aims to positively and playfully
celebrate sexuality through diverse perspectives and mediums. It focuses on its “exciting, silly,
messy, inspirational and creative aspects”.
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“It’s a matter of being able to participate in something the artists believe in,” says Rutherford.
“Sex is something we still get very much hung up about, but it’s one of the fundamental aspects
of being human for most of us. To talk about it, to create artwork that reflects it, is to invite
conversation and reaction, but we’re aiming to keep that all very much in the positive.”
“The Sexy Sex Art Show, the subtitle of the show, says it all,” adds Zelin. “It indicates its playful
nature, and it lets people know what the theme of the exhibit is, so anyone who might be
offended by the topic is forewarned. We’ve made a point of stressing that in all our
communications about the show.”
More than twenty Island artists are participating in the show. Some are free to exhibit under
their names, while others will use pseudonyms or exhibit anonymously.
“Really, what we’re hoping for here,” Rutherford concludes, “is to give artists a challenge in
expressing this theme, and to give viewers an entertaining, and hopefully thought-provoking
tour of a key piece of the human experience.”
Admission to the exhibition is free, and adult accompaniment is recommended for children 14
and under. The show runs through Saturday, December 2.