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Art in the Open Returns

Art in the Open returns for its seventh year with an inspiring array of FREE, all ages events and contemporary art works by locally and nationally renowned artists.

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The main event, Saturday August 26 from 4 p.m. until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. Each year numerous generous sponsors, artists and volunteers, come together to infuse creativity and beauty into the public spaces of the city. In total, there are about 40 artworks, installations and performances for people to discover and interact with.

Since its introduction in 2011, Art in the Open has become a well-loved and inspiring festival that takes pride in transforming many of downtown Charlottetown’s green spaces. “The City’s historic buildings and open green spaces provide the perfect canvas for Art in the Open and we are so proud to host this amazing event each year,” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “Attending this event is such a unique experience and I encourage residents and visitors to explore the city during this magical evening.”

Formed out of a partnership among the City of Charlottetown, this town is small, inc. and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the annual festival showcases a variety of contemporary art set within historic downtown Charlottetown. Co-curator and festival organizer Becka Viau encourages festival goers to park their preconceptions of contemporary art and take their time strolling through the festival sites, exploring the diverse program.

“To truly Art in the Open, one must be open to making unexpected memories,” said Viau. “You don’t need a set plan, but there will be some scheduled performances that should not be missed, like the Carnavale en Promenade at 4 p.m. on Victoria Row and Lennie MacPherson at the Grafton St. loading dock of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Pelly McGeogeghan – Spoutist, who will have you in stitches every hour on the hour from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. But overall, my advice for festival goers is to plan for a journey of the imagination, that can take a few hours, and have FUN!”

Again this year, Art in the Open has attracted some extremely high-profile artists. Festival goers can look forward to a variety of new programming as well as a few fan favourites. Artist in residence at this town is small, Rémi Belliveau is a multi-disciplinary Acadian artist who will be joining us from Moncton, N.B. His project, Passe-Pierre, is an outdoor installation and performance that explores the notion of Acadian rurality through the culinary traditions of goose tongue greens and Island potatoes with the local Acadian community while hearing their stories.

Millefiore Clarkes, will present SOFT SNOW, a projection and live performance will present a contemporary classical score in an immersive experience that combines musical performance for three voices, flute, and piano, with a large-screen video projection. Music composed by Gerard L. Clarkes.

Alongside the new programming, organizers say festival goers can expect to see a few fan favourites again this year such as the March of the Crows, an annual parade where hundreds of local residents dress up in handmade crow costumes. On August 16th and August 24th, we invite the community to join our Crow Costume Workshop which will take place at the Schurman Family studio at the Gallery between 5 p.m. – 7p.m. Material will be provided, but we encourage bringing any special sparkly treasures.

The festival is presented by the City of Charlottetown, this town is small, La Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Island Media Arts Cooperative, The Architects Association of PEI, Discover Charlottetown and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. With support from many community partners; KENT, Sobeys, Upstreet, Maritime Electric, The Dunes, Stantec, The Ten Spot, PEI Crafts Council, Synergy Screens, Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, Wicked eh?, Bell Aliant, Receiver Coffee Company, Playing with Choir, East Coast Art Party, and Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

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Back and Bigger Than Ever

And Now For Something Completely Different…” On Saturday May 13, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery will convert from a space that exhibits artwork to one huge living, breathing, dancing hive of creativity.

Guests arriving in the piano lounge/sculpture gallery might be greeted with a signature cocktail, dramatic stairwell projections, and a make-up/selfie station. Guest DJ’s Kate Walchuk and Jason Johnson of Halifax will set the beat, while giant puppets, multi-person costumes, and the Black Light Bar intrigue partygoers around every turn, occupying all levels of the Gallery for one night only.

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Yet to be revealed: the name of the mystery cocktail and how the inimitable Becka Viau will collaborate with Al Doug’s now Charlo-famous Lavish Boys DJ crew on the dance floor in the lower west gallery. Afterimagers who don’t like their outcomes at the ‘Wheel of Fortune Cookie’ can seek solace at the Emotional Apothecary or confess all at the Coffee Shop Confidential.

 We are told that ‘afterimages’ occur because photochemical activity in the retina continues even when you are no longer experiencing the original stimulus – anyone who attended Afterimage 2016 can attest to the effect.

 Afterimage is one night only, and runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. Tickets are available for $20 (plus tax and service fees) in advance from the Confederation Centre Box Office, or $25 (plus tax and service fees) at the door.

A cash bar will be offered and patrons must be 19 years of age to attend.

Irish Mythen Rocks The Guild

Irish Mythen Concert: A Women’s Network Fundraiser. Award-winning singer-songwriter Irish Mythen will be rocking The Guild on Wednesday, November 16. For the first part of the evening, the aptly named Witty Mama will showcase their comedy improv skills. And during all of this, local artist, activist and community organizer Becka Viau will create live art which will be auctioned off during the intermission.

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The evening will be emceed by the talented Teresa Wright. You can also get your hands on some great gift baskets filled with fun prizes graciously donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets for the gift baskets will be sold on site before the show and during the intermission.

Get there early to take in the art exhibited in the gallery, watch Becka at work and have a look at those prizes!

Hors-d’oeuvres will be served during the intermission. Tickets are $45 (tax and fees included).

Doors to the gallery open at 6:30pm. Doors to the venue open at 7:00.

Show starts at 7:30.