Category Archives: State of the Art

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.”

Parallel Journey Lands on PEI

Landon Mackenzie is a nationally celebrated, Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale paintings on canvas. Lesser known are her works on paper, which she produces as a tandem practice to her paintings, and often while away from her home. These ink and watercolour creations are spontaneous and free-form and speak to the deepest levels of the creative urge with minimal forethought or revision. As part of a national tour, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is now exhibiting at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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Born in the U.S. and raised in Toronto, Mackenzie studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Some of her student etchings will be included in the show including layered works often featuring text, which shed light on some of her mature painting practice, in which she often writes words and phrases into the painting that later get covered over by marks and images.

After completing her MFA at Concordia University she turned to painting and her Lost River Series, which she began in 1981, was an overnight sensation. Mackenzie moved to teach at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1986. She travels each summer to work on P.E.I., and had the opportunity to work for part of the year in Berlin in 2013, and in the Canada Council Paris studio in 2009. Whenever she is on the road as a speaker or visiting artist she tends to work only on paper, but most of these works have rarely been exhibited. This exhibition provides the opportunity for audiences to delve deeply into this aspect of Mackenzie’s practice.

Mackenzie’s strengths as an artist are her inventive energy, her intellectual restlessness and curiosity, and her love of imagery, maps, language, and history. Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is accompanied by a multi-authored, full-length book published by Black Dog Publishing in the U.K., with special support from the Audain Foundation.

Mackenzie’s survey exhibition will be highlighted at the Art Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Opening Gala, which takes place this Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre.

New Art at the Watermark Art Gallery

The Watermark Art Gallery is a fine art gallery exhibiting original art created by local artists in the lobby of the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Curated by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson, the 2016 Season includes artists Donald Andrus, Bill Hodgson and Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson.

Donald Andrus is a painter who lives in Flat River and exhibits across the Atlantic region. His work is part of collections around the world including Texas, Japan and Taiwan.

A few words from Mr. Andrus – “…I want the viewer to be as intimately involved as possible with the paintings; through reflection, through absorption, through the use of repetition and through a concern for Beauty.”

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Bill Hodgson is a metal sculptor who lives in Harrington and his work can be found across Canada with major public art installations in London, Ontario.

A few words from Mr. Hodgson – “With a conceptual approach, I try to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and I believe in the idea of function following form in a work.”

Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson is a painter who lives part time in Quebec City, and part-time in PEI. Mary exhibits her work primarily in Quebec City, Montreal and PEI.

A few words from Ms. Robertson “The goal of my work is to explore and give voice to the contrasting and complementary textures, colours, compositions and rhythms of my environment. Since 2002, I have researched the use of acrylic sheet (Plexiglass) as a surface for my work and I continue to experiment with this medium.”

The Gallery opens June 28th and is open daily and scheduled around our theatre performances. A Gallery Reception will be held on July 12th from 2PM to 4PM.

From Swapping Baseball Cards to Making Artist Cards

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is looking for artists of all ages and disciplines, professional and non-professional, to register for its tenth annual Artist Trading Card event. Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art. They can be created with any material imaginable. Cards can be made from paper, wool, wood, clay and more.

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This year’s registration deadline is Monday, July 4. A week after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they are required to create for the event. If 50 people sign up for the program, participants will be requested to create 50 cards. Cards can be produced in editions (a limited number of the same card), series (set of cards with a unifying theme), or as singular originals.

The main requirement is the size: cards MUST be the same size as modern baseball cards or 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (6 cm x 9 cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ATCs must be self-produced. The artist’s name and contact information, as well as the card title and the edition or series number is to be written on the back.

Landon Mackenzie, a Vancouver-based Canadian artist with strong ties to Prince Edward Island, will be in attendance and will participate in the event. Parallel Journey, a major exhibition of Mackenzie’s works on paper is currently on view in the Art Gallery.

The tenth annual trading event will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery. Along with the card trading, there will be live music and a cash bar. More details on the evening’s program will be announced at a later date.

All ages are welcome to participate.

For more information, or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery by email at moniquel@confederationcentre.com.

Blast From the Past at the Guild

Medieval Times features over 40 pieces of original art by Alison Storey, based on detailed historical research of her birth county, Cumberland, in the North of England. Her love of this period of English history, whether from books, visiting castles, museums, or genealogical research has become a fundamental part of her life, just as art is her passion.

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Despite its relative geographical and cultural isolation, Cumberland has provided a rich history for art expression in her chosen period of research; the turbulent ‘Middle Ages’, and, in particular, the period after the ‘Norman Conquest’ of 1066, AD, being able to draw inspiration from a wide variety of castles and ruined abbeys from this period, together with the portrayal of some of the often colorful people who occupied these castles, and their changing loyalties.

Her exhibition presents her interpretation of actual places and people, together with her personal ‘flights of fancy’ fueled by her research. The exhibition features a variety of mediums; collages, acrylics, woodcuts and collagraphs, together with an unusual printmaking process called ‘trace printing’.

Since arriving in Canada in 1971, Alison has been an artist for more than 40 years and has received numerous awards for her work. She has had many solo and juried exhibitions in both Canada and the USA, and since moving to PEI in 2011, she has been providing instruction in acrylic painting and drawing at the Seniors College, and also gives workshops in Printmaking to both children and adults.

Art for Music, Space and Time

Art for Music is a celebration of achievement in the visual arts and media. The performance at The Guild will feature four young, up-and-coming Island artists: Jenna Cyr, Angelina MacKinnon, Julia Dunn, and Emma Doucette. Art for Music is happening on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30pm.

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During the event, Music PEI will be presenting industry awards for Media Person of the Year and Visual Artist of the Year. This year’s nominees for Media Person of the Year are: Blair Arthur Dewar, Karen Mair, Mikey Wasnidge, Todd Maclean.

The 2016 nominees for Visual Artist of the Year are: Sandy Kowalik, Ryan Hutchinson (Visual Communicator), sixeyedcatprintco.

The Gallery at The Guild will feature an exhibit with work from the Visual Artist nominees.

Admission is by donation.