Category Archives: State of the Art

A Whimsical World at the Guild

Artist Tricia MacNeil Baldwin has created “A Whimsical World”, a quirky, colourful world of imaginary places, inspired by the world around us. This series of paintings is inspired by a friend who had terminal cancer but chose to live every day to the fullest. She was full of life, love, laughter and friendship.

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Tricia explains “One evening I started to paint as I was thinking of her and out came the first painting of the series ‘Happy Town’ full of bright colours, simple but fun structures created to make one happy. I gave her this piece, she loved it and so the series was born.”

Tricia’s hope with this whimsical series, is that everyone who sees it, enjoys the fun, the colours and the simplicity of this world. A world simply created to make one smile and to appreciate the simple things in life, especially when the world around you can get confusing and overwhelming.

“A Whimsical World” is at the Guild in Charlottetown through April 9.

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Never Like Always

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will celebrate its winter and spring exhibitions with a classic evening gala on Saturday, March 5. All are welcome for this engaging and spirited soiree, beginning at 7 p.m.

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Featured exhibitions include Charlottetown artist Sandi Hartling’s Things We Can Agree On, and Other Works of Fiction; Holding the Pose: Portraits From the Collection; Dialogues; From Housebuilder to Architect: C.B. Chappell’s Charlottetown; Curious Objects from the Vault; and the latest addition, touring show David Thauberger: Road Trips & other diversions.

Several featured artists and curators will be in attendance at the opening and live music will be provided by Island songwriters Al Tuck and Mike Dixon. Regina-based sculptor, painter, and printmaker David Thauberger will also give an art talk and tour of Road Trips & other diversions on Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. in the gallery.

There is no cost to attend either event. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com.

Gillis House Moves Indoors

ROAD TRIPS & other diversion, the first comprehensive overview of Regina-based artist David Thauberger, opens March 5th at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

One featured art work in this style that may be of interest to Islanders is Chappell Picture, a portrait view of the handsome Gillis House found at 48 Great George Street, now part of the Great George Hotel. This engaging work is from the Gallery’s permanent collection, and depicts the former Queen Anne-inspired double tenement in bright pastel colours as featured during the painting’s creation in 1993.

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The opening reception for this and other winter exhibitions is on Saturday March 5 at 7 p.m. and the show runs to June 5, 2016. Thauberger will give an art talk and tour of the exhibition on Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. in the gallery. There is no cost to attend either event. Co-curated by Sandra Fraser and Timothy Long, David Thauberger: ROAD TRIPS & other diversions is funded in part by the Museums Assistance program at Canadian Heritage.

On the Road Right in Town

Regina-based David Thauberger is nationally recognized as a painter, printmaker, and ceramist whose practice employs a firm conviction that the local is as important as the global. Opening March 5 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, ROAD TRIPS & other diversions is the first comprehensive overview of this remarkable artist.

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Organized by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, this installation explores how the idea of place has shaped the artist’s work. The exhibition brings together some 70 paintings, prints, and ceramic works, produced from 1971 to 2009. Clusters of art works ranging from New York pop art to Chicago imagism to Saskatchewan folk painting highlight his process of assimilating visual information through the process of collecting.

Born in Holdfast, Saskatchewan in 1948, Thauberger is one of the most significant artists on the Prairies. Whether in patterned watercolours, flocked prints, ceramics, or taped and stenciled paintings, he has played with the line between industrial and handmade techniques, his work reflecting both his formal art school training and his rejection of the limitations of a strictly fine art approach.

Thauberger is known for his particular approach to painting vernacular architecture, such as legion halls, false-front businesses, churches, and houses, as if they were portraits. Tourist postcards have been another influential source and his work has the ability to transform the imagery of popular culture – both the everyday and the spectacular – into symbolic icons of places in much the same way that postcards can.

Thauberger also made an important impact on the national scene through his work on boards with UNESCO, Canada Council, and the Canada Council Art Bank. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2008, and acknowledged for “his promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in Saskatchewan, in addition to his work as a painter, sculptor, and educator.”

A Brush With Nature at The Guild

Robert Milner has a passion for painting and paints every day. He is an eclectic artist painting from nature in all its forms, including wildlife and landscape.

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A Brush With Nature, a collection of paintings in oils, acrylic, and water colour is a partial retrospective exhibit created between 2006 and the present day.

The exhibit was created during, and inspired by, a painting trip to Yellowstone Park, using information from time spent in the conservation area, and of time spent in the City of Kawartha Lakes in Ontario.

Other images were created while living on Prince Edward Island, where Robert and his wife made their home in November 2010.

A Brush With Nature is on display at the Gallery at The Guild in Charlottetown from February 3 – 27th.

‘Holding the Pose’ Opens at Confederation Centre’s Art Gallery

Portraits are often thought of as a fairly straightforward kind of art work. The goal is to produce a likeness of the subject, whether physical or psychological, mediated by the interpretation of the artist. But those portrayed are rarely passive actors in the exchange that takes place when a portrait is made. Through pose, attitude, costume, and other means of self-presentation, sitters always influence the end result.

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The active involvement of subjects in the creation of any portrait is the focus of Holding the Pose: Portraits From the Collection, a new exhibition presented by the Confederation Centre Art Galleryopening on January 27th.

Featuring works from the gallery’s permanent collection by artists from across Canada, the show demonstrates the complexity of the interaction between artist and sitter through a wide variety of portraits in various mediums. From P.E.I. painter Brian Burke’s evocative portraits of local literary figures Milton Acorn and Libby Oughton to the work of David Blackwood, Marion Wagschal, Edward Poitras, and others, the exhibition reflects the richness of the art of portraiture in Canada.

The Gallery’s collection also includes a significant quantity of works by one of Canada’s definitive portrait painters, Robert Harris, and the work of Harris will feature prominently in the exhibition.

“In the work of Robert Harris, we encounter an incredible richness and subtlety brought to bear on the craft of portraiture,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “In the context of this exhibition, we have a great opportunity to see how the artist approached the vibrant subjects of his paintings, and how they played a role in the final result.”

Curated by the Gallery’s Pan Wendt, Holding the Pose will be on display from January 27 to November 27, 2016. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.confederationcentre.com.