Category Archives: State of the Art

Bobak is Back

A new exhibition is showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, shining light on a collection works by Bruno Bobak (1923-2012). Curated by Donald Andrus, The Bruno Bobak Bequest draws upon a selection of works bequeathed to the Art Gallery collection by the Estate of the artist.

Bobak was a Polish-born Canadian painter and art teacher. An extraordinarily fluent artist, he worked as a ceramicist, jeweler, sculptor and furniture maker. If not busy in his studio each day, or at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre where he was resident artist from 1961 to 1986, then he was outdoors sketching, gathering ‘moosewood’ and wild flowers in the springtime, with his wife, equally renowned artist Molly Lamb. Both were made members of the Order of Canada in 1995 and a small portrait of Lamb is included in The Bruno Bobak Bequest.


This exhibition primarily showcases examples of Bobak’s printmaking skills and his drawings, together with a few examples of his watercolours and oil paintings. More of his work can be found in the Art Gallery’s collection in the form of oil paintings and drawings.
Curator Donald Andrus will present an art talk focusing on the current exhibition this Sunday November 20 at 2 p.m. in the Art Gallery.

“We can talk about Bruno Bobak as a print-maker, painter in oils and watercolour, as well one the pre-eminent draughtsman of his era,” Andrus offers. “Bobak is an artist somewhat neglected now by the ravenous contemporary art scene in Canada but one whose contributions are well worth remembering and much of whose art, created in an atmosphere of humility and human understanding, has stood the test of time.”

As Bobak’s period of work spanned close to seven decades, this bequest and exhibition draws on a slender offering from his long career. States Andrus, “What this selection does hope to achieve is to give some sense of the range of his experiences as an artist—from woodblock prints beginning shortly after his career as Canada’s youngest war artist from 1943 to 1945, through silkscreen prints, drawings, watercolours, and oil paintings during the rest of his career.”

Bobak participated in more than 250 group exhibitions and had more than 80 one-man shows around the world. His works are found in collections across Canada. The Bruno Bobak Bequest shows until January 8 at the Centre.

Inspired at the Guild

This October the Guild will be host to a unique group show showcasing the diverse artistic talent of teachers and staff from the Public Schools Branch on PEI. This group includes several artists who’s work has been shown all over the world and has won significant international art prizes.


A variety of styles and mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and mixed media will be on display. The opening for ‘Inspire’ will take place Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm with light refreshments.

The exhibition runs from Oct 26th – Nov 5th.

Scottish Tapestry Goes Big

A visual art initiative from more than 30 communities around the world celebrating Scottish heritage has arrived at Confederation Centre, including contributions from several Island stitchers, illustrators, and historical societies.


One of the world’s largest community art projects, Scottish Diaspora is a large-scale tapestry made up of hundreds of panels, and five of the panels tell stories about Prince Edward Island’s deep Scottish roots through the ages. The exhibition is now open and shows until October 22, sprawling across the five display cases and beyond in the Centre’s concourse.

Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. Organized by Scotland’s Prestourngrange Arts Festival with the support of the P.E.I. Scottish Settlers Historical Society and the Community Cultural Partnership Program, Scottish Diaspora celebrates the influence of Scots worldwide.

The works are presented with support from Bord na Gaidhlig.

According to a representative from the Prestourngrange Arts Festival the result is “a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage, and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries.”

This project brings together stories from more than 30 communities, and 1000 stitchers, including five from P.E.I. These Island stories are: the landing of the Glenalladale Settlers in 1772, the building of a pioneer’s first house; the Scots involved in the Charlottetown Conference and Confederation, A.A. MacDonald and Colonel John Hamilton Gray; ‘Keep The Faith,’ recognizing 300 Catholic Highlanders who arrived in 1772; and a final piece called ‘The Landing.’

Island stitchers Lucille Hogg, Aggi-Rose Reddin, Dr Heather Keizer, Mary J. Gallant, and Anita Gordon started the process of stitching and bringing to life these works in August 2013 while stitchers in two dozen other Scots communities around the world also set to work creating their own images. The tapestry was assembled and unveiled in Scotland before beginning its global tour.

Shared Values at The Guild

“Shared Values” original artwork by Prince Edward Island Nurses is being staged at The Guild from October 11- 22, 2016. The artwork creations of more than 30 island nurses will be showcased.


The opening reception, entitled “Beverages and Bites” celebration, is Wednesday October 12, 7-9 p.m. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet the Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and student nurse participants who bravely have come together for this inspiring and inaugural showing under one roof.

The entries, from aspiring beginners and professional nurse artists, are as varied as the diverse backgrounds where these health professionals have practiced across their careers.

For more information contact Deborah Roberts at or Leona Macintosh at The gallery, on the corner of Queen and Richmond streets, Charlottetown is open noon to 5p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

Ferrier Shows Alaska Paintings

The Alaska cruise was closely surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Humanity clung to their precipitous sides. We embarked from Vancouver where, in Stanley Park we viewed authentic Totem Poles. It was June- Long days and calm seas. The first stop was the state capital- Juneau, where a tour boat took us out to see pods of whales.


From our stateroom, actually from anywhere on the ship, we had close-up views of the Rockies. We went up the Inside Passage to Skagway from where, 118 years ago would-be millionaires took off for the Klondike Gold Rush.. Since the only province/territory in Canada I hadn’t visited was the Yukon, we went partly by bus and partly by train- with original coaches clinging to the rails, deep into the mountains to Caribou Crossing.

It was an artist’s paradise. The on to Glacier Bay, where the ice on the Margerie Glacier refracted a beautiful aqua light. Our final stop was Ketchikan. I declined to go on the Zipline with my grand-daughter. I stayed on board and sketched the coastline and watched the small planes flitting about.

Nan Ferrier’s Painting’s of the Alaska Cruise are at The Guild starting September 28.

Last Call, Last Call…

Last Call for Three Summer Exhibitions at CCAG

With ‘Secret Citadel’ closing, Graeme Patterson to lead ArtTalk and Tour Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

It’s closing time for three visual art exhibitions that have been turning heads all summer at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. This month is the last chance to view works from Graeme Patterson, Landon Mackenzie, and Gwen Michaud.


Showing until September 25 in the Upper and Lower East Galleries, Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship through a four part sculptural/video installation and an experimental animated narrative. Based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Patterson works in miniatures, using tiny figures in stop-motion to explore much bigger themes and stories. Although based on specific memories of the artist’s past, Secret Citadel draws you into its captivating worlds by highlighting universal themes of love and loss, play and competition, companionship and loneliness.

Patterson will lead an ArtTalk and public tour through his exhibition this Sunday September 25 at 2 p.m. in the Art Gallery. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome to hear this first-hand account of how the touring exhibition came to life from one of Canada’s most exciting young artists.

B.C.’s Landon Mackenzie is a nationally-known Canadian artist, admired for her large-scale works using paint on canvas. Less widely known are her works on paper, which she produces in high numbers as a tandem practice to her larger paintings, often while travelling. Showing in the Upper West Gallery until September 25, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015) takes the viewer on a journey through the past four decades of Mackenzie’s art production on paper, beginning with a watercolour the artist painted when she was 14 years old, and concluding in the year 2015.

Showing in the Centre’s concourse cases until October 2 is Gwen Fichaud: Arranging the Local. This exhibition provides an overview of the work of Fichaud (1915-1988). Born in Montreal, Fichaud took up painting full time in 1964, a few years after moving to P.E.I, where she became an early supporter of the Centre and chair of the Women’s Committee. She was immediately taken with Island history and the pastoral landscape, and her work ranged from country scenes to studies of flora and fauna, to images of local community. Her work was always focused on carefully arranged details, presenting facts and anecdotes about the Island way of life and its natural setting. The high horizons and ordered compositions of the artist’s images allow a maximum of visual information to be brought together within a single frame.

“The great variety of characters, colours, activities, and incidents in Fichaud’s crowd scenes are tightly organized and brought together into an ordered whole that mirrors her vision of community,” remarks Pan Wendt, gallery curator. “Made by an urban settler impressed by the apparent naturalness and harmony of Island life, these works articulate an ideal rural Prince Edward Island.”

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.


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.