Category Archives: State of the Art

Jared Perry’s ‘Encounters’

Jared Perry was born and raised on PEI. He received his BFA from Mount Allison University where his studies focused on painting and drawing. Since graduating he has been active in the Charlottetown art community. Recently he has participated in events such as: Art in the Open, Art Battle, and various art exhibitions.

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Vulnerable Encounters is comprised of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that Perry completed over the past year. The exhibition primarily depicts images of the human form and explores how a lack of control makes one feel vulnerable.

The emotions and relationships of the figures are told through their body gestures that strongly communicate their state of mind and create a narrative quality to the work.

Vulnerable Encounters will be on display at the Gallery @ The Guild 7 days a week from September 7 to 24. There is an opening reception on September 7 from 7 to 9 pm.

Blooming All Over

Bloom is a collection of paintings inspired by the fresh cut flowers of Island Meadow Farms by local artist Emily Howard.

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The 33-year-old  Emily Howard is preparing for her new art show at The Guild in Charlottetown. “I began, like every self-taught artist, with Mr. Dressup and watercolour paints,” she said.

Her first paintings were abstract. Now, this collection of bold florals.

“I just wanted to do something that, when you look at it, it’s calm. Everyone loves flowers,” Ms. Howard said.

She always has fresh flowers in the house.

Bloom is at The Guild August 24 through September 5.

Champion at the Showcase

Cheryl Champion has been a glass artisan for over 15 years. She started using traditional stained glass techniques and was later introduced to the art of fused glass. Cheryl is self-taught in the art of glass fusing. She spent a lot of time experimenting and developing her talent and over time started creating her own unique designs.

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In designing, Cheryl gets most of her inspiration from her surroundings – the sea, the land and nature. Lighthouses, fishing boats, local birds and sea creatures are often the focus of her artistic pieces; the perfect memory of a day in the Maritimes. She often combines traditional stained glass with fused glass to add another design element. And recently added recycled wood framing to some of her pieces for a more rustic look.

Cheryl has a stained glass studio next to her home in Meadowbank and has been operating Paragon Stained Glass Studio since 2008. The business started off teaching the art to hobbyists, selling glass and supplies, and offering custom pieces for sale. In 2013 her husband Rick joined her in the studio and they expanded the business to market a selection of stained and fused glass collectibles, gifts, home décor and tableware to retail gift stores. This year they started selling their products outside of the Atlantic Provinces in various retail gift shops from coast-to-coast.

The Showcase opened in 1965, the year after the Confederation Centre opened, and has enjoyed three locations and a variety of expansions over the years. We are part of Confederation Centre of the Arts, a not-for-profit, charitable organization, with volunteers assisting the gift shop staff. All profits from The Showcase go back to the Centre to support arts programming.

Side By Side By Side

More than ten years ago Betty Jenkins, Mary Ploughman Jones, Linda Shaw Packard, and Mary Roscoe Robertson began their creative journey together. From their promising beginning as participants in the PEI Studio Tour, to the North Winds Exhibition and then six successful years operating Howes Hall Gallery they have evolved both as a group and individually.

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The title “Side by Each” at The Guild reflects the mutual evolution of individual artistic paths. This special relationship is easily identifiable in this new lyrical exhibition of mature, exciting work. The pieces complement and contrast one with the other and celebrate both a professional and personal cohesion.

Throughout the exhibition, the artists will be at The Guild Gallery to discuss their work and give on­site demonstrations. Contact The Guild at 902-620-3333 or follow social media for demonstration times.

‘The Things That We Miss’ a Hit at The Guild

Visual artist Suzanne O’Callaghan is presenting an exhibition of new work at The Gallery at The Guild in July. The show, called ‘The Things That We Miss’, features a series of large acrylic paintings borrowed from the artist’s memories, those of friends on the Island, across Canada and beyond. Since last autumn the artist has been collecting reminiscences and musings and then, as common threads became apparent, documenting them in paint.

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Created in the last year, the works deal with a cross-section of things missed. From childhood to the beginnings of independence as teens (as in “Memory of a Girl”), the evolving nature of sexuality, loved and lost places, ageing and, most of all, change, the exhibition strives to draw familiar lines between the transitions and vicissitudes of life.

Painted in the ardent palette the artist has been working with for the last eight years, Miss O’Callaghan’s expressionism-influenced style has been reinterpreted in many of the paintings in what the artist describes as “an allowance for the impression of visual and emotional distance that time imbues”.

‘The Things That We Miss’ is at the Gallery at The Guild from July 5 (the artist’s birthday) – 25. The Guild is located at the corner of Richmond and Queen Streets and is open daily. Throughout the exhibition the artist will be painting in the gallery. Times and days can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Linda Tweel Portrait Joins Harris Collection

The Collections Committee at Confederation Centre recently accepted a large 1887 portrait, painted by Robert Harris, for the Art Gallery’s extensive Harris Collection.

The oil on canvas painting was gifted to the Centre in memory of Linda Tweel, to recognize the many contributions she made throughout her lifetime in the fields of education, culture, and community affairs. Linda Tweel was an early member of the Woman’s Committee of Confederation Centre of the Arts, and served as Chair of the Friends of Confederation Centre for several years.

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Gallery Director, Kevin Rice welcomed the addition. “It is always exciting to have collectors offer interesting works for the Collection; the support of donors like Mr. Tweel is critical in building a Canadian art collection in Charlottetown,” said Rice. “With this gift we see a continuation of support for Confederation Centre from the Linda Tweel family.”

Since the Art Gallery began collecting in 1964, its holdings have grown to over 17,000 items including a comprehensive research collection and archive on the works of Charlottetown-raised Robert Harris (1849-1919),  a painter of the iconic group portrait, The Fathers of Confederation.

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.”