Light Up the Dark

Confederation Centre carries a long and proud tradition of producing a holiday musical, pantomime, or Christmas show each year. This holiday season, organizers are dreaming up something a little different, presenting Light Up the Dark! An Arts Education Celebration.

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Staged as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, this spirited celebration of theatre, dance, choral and Celtic music, and visual art is one night only – December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. The theme Light Up the Dark! is in reference to the festivity of the Winter Solstice, marking our communal triumph of reaching the end of the calendar year and the return of the sun as days begin to get longer again.

Sponsored by Long & McQuade, this unforgettable concert will feature a variety of talent. This includes members of dance umbrella ranging from 10 to 70 years of age, such as the ‘Dance for Health’ class dancing to Sarah Bareilles’ ‘Wintersong’, youth dancers performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, and a selection from the School of Performing Arts (SoPA) Musical Theatre program.

“I’m excited about the theme of this performance; there is a universality to celebrating the solstice – cultures around the world acknowledge the changing of the season, regardless of religious tradition. And for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, getting past the dark days of November is certainly something to celebrate!” says Peggy Reddin, director of arts education with the Centre. “There is also a second meaning, which is that arts education does indeed light up people’s lives. It is a vehicle for self-expression, and a place to find joy.”

Light Up the Dark! will feature more than 75 performers, including the Celtic Music Ensemble from Holland College’s SoPA program and students from the SoPA/Confederation Centre dance and theatre programs. In addition, the Centre is delighted to collaborate with local troupe, the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors who will perform a winter legend based on traditional Mi’kmaq legends. Lastly, the SoPA a cappella show choir, ‘the SoPA-tones’ will perform ‘You Will Be Found’ and ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’.

The celebration will also feature the work of 15 students from Confederation Centre’s visual arts stream, whose work will be exhibited in Memorial Hall prior to show-time. These students are participating in a partnership project with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, led by Kate Sharpley, visual arts educator with the Art Gallery.

More programming details and a creative team announcement will be made in late-November. For more, visitconfederationcentre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre box office, or online. Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown, as well to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

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Cute as a Button

The popular button event, “Cute as a …” is returning to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on March 9 at 7 p.m.  Come see the 2018 collection, featuring original, jury-selected designs by 20 local artists.

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It’s free admission for the event, and button packs are available to buy on the night to trade throughout the evening, with proceeds from the event going directly into more public art programming at the Gallery.

A jury of five artists, curators, and designers chose 20 button designs from 56 entries. The selected designs range from children’s drawings to the works of well-established artists.

“Cute as a…” is a great opportunity to network, visit the gallery, and walk away with your own selection of 1 ¼- inch wearable artwork. The button showing and swapping will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 For more information please contact Kate Sharpley at (902) 628-6112 or visit the website at http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/art-gallery.php

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.

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“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.