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Ryan LeBlanc, Up Close and Personal

East Coast favourite son, J.P. Cormier is a man of few words, so when he doles out praise, people listen. When asked what he thought of rising-star instrumentalist and fellow Maritimer, Ryan LeBlanc recently Cormier stated, “He’s the best I’ve seen in the last 20 years.”


The pride of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, LeBlanc’s guitar and banjo music fuses elements of jazz, blues, and world influences to create a driving, rhythmic, highly melodic brand of acoustic music that can stimulate and calm you at the same time. His highly original material has many colours, textures, and moods, and each piece has a distinct personality and character of its own.

Presented as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, LeBlanc’s performance will be staged in the stunning surroundings of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $15 for the rare opportunity to be carried by a rising star within the breath-taking surroundings of the Island’s premium art gallery.

LeBlanc has earned ECMA and Music New Brunswick awards in recent years, and emerged as a must-see performer regionally, nationally, and internationally. Whether in an intimate house concert setting, in front of hundreds in a European theatre, or thousands at the Montreal Jazz Festival, enraptured audiences everywhere have been clamouring to see what exactly it is LeBlanc does with his guitar or banjo, and wrap their minds around his unique form and style; you truly have to see it to believe it!

Introducing Kate

Confederation Centre Art Gallery welcomes new Visual Arts Educator

Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Sharpley to the Art Gallery team.

In this full time role, Kate will be offering guided interpretation of both touring and Gallery-curated exhibitions for school classes and local community groups. She will also direct art classes and special events in the Centre’s Schurman Family Studio, including the fall series of Saturday art classes for children, which begins October 15. There are still spaces available for those interested in this exciting exploration of visual art for kids.

“I am very pleased to be have someone as enthusiastic about art education as Kate joining the Gallery staff,” says Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. “I know she is looking forward to welcoming students to art classes and connecting with educators interested in guided tours of our diverse exhibitions.”

Originally from the United Kingdom, Kate has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wolverhampton and has worked as a freelance artist, illustrated children’s books, and created many 3-D models and animations for U.K. and P.E.I.-based video game companies. In recent years, she has led art classes with youth and adults for the town of Stratford and worked with several local elementary schools on art projects.

‘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.


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.