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Last Call for Three Summer Exhibitions at CCAG

With ‘Secret Citadel’ closing, Graeme Patterson to lead ArtTalk and Tour Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

It’s closing time for three visual art exhibitions that have been turning heads all summer at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. This month is the last chance to view works from Graeme Patterson, Landon Mackenzie, and Gwen Michaud.

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Showing until September 25 in the Upper and Lower East Galleries, Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship through a four part sculptural/video installation and an experimental animated narrative. Based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Patterson works in miniatures, using tiny figures in stop-motion to explore much bigger themes and stories. Although based on specific memories of the artist’s past, Secret Citadel draws you into its captivating worlds by highlighting universal themes of love and loss, play and competition, companionship and loneliness.

Patterson will lead an ArtTalk and public tour through his exhibition this Sunday September 25 at 2 p.m. in the Art Gallery. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome to hear this first-hand account of how the touring exhibition came to life from one of Canada’s most exciting young artists.

B.C.’s Landon Mackenzie is a nationally-known Canadian artist, admired for her large-scale works using paint on canvas. Less widely known are her works on paper, which she produces in high numbers as a tandem practice to her larger paintings, often while travelling. Showing in the Upper West Gallery until September 25, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015) takes the viewer on a journey through the past four decades of Mackenzie’s art production on paper, beginning with a watercolour the artist painted when she was 14 years old, and concluding in the year 2015.

Showing in the Centre’s concourse cases until October 2 is Gwen Fichaud: Arranging the Local. This exhibition provides an overview of the work of Fichaud (1915-1988). Born in Montreal, Fichaud took up painting full time in 1964, a few years after moving to P.E.I, where she became an early supporter of the Centre and chair of the Women’s Committee. She was immediately taken with Island history and the pastoral landscape, and her work ranged from country scenes to studies of flora and fauna, to images of local community. Her work was always focused on carefully arranged details, presenting facts and anecdotes about the Island way of life and its natural setting. The high horizons and ordered compositions of the artist’s images allow a maximum of visual information to be brought together within a single frame.

“The great variety of characters, colours, activities, and incidents in Fichaud’s crowd scenes are tightly organized and brought together into an ordered whole that mirrors her vision of community,” remarks Pan Wendt, gallery curator. “Made by an urban settler impressed by the apparent naturalness and harmony of Island life, these works articulate an ideal rural Prince Edward Island.”

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Parallel Journey’s Landon Mackenzie Speaks

Landon Mackenzie is a celebrated Canadian artist, admired for her large-scale paintings on canvas and ink and her watercolour creations on paper. As part of a national tour, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is currently showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), and this week the Vancouver-based creator will present two talks at the Centre.

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The first talk will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery; wine will be available for purchase and this will be an illustrated talk using examples of Mackenzie’s works. The following Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m. the artist will offer a tour and talk of Parallel Journey, followed by tea and coffee provided at the end. Both tours are offered complimentarily and the exhibition space can be found in the Upper West Gallery.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Toronto, Mackenzie studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Her strengths as an artist are her inventive energy, her intellectual restlessness and curiosity, and her love of imagery, maps, language, and history. Some of her student etchings are 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.

Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey shows until September 25 at the CCAG. 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). The Gallery is open Monday-Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Portrait of Landon Mackenzie by Susan King.

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.

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.