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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.

A Musical Mess Up at the Guild

An obsession with Debbie Harry of Blondie turns awkward during a meeting after a concert. The sweet and sour notes of a father teaching his daughter how to play guitar. A musical mess up at a small town beauty pageant nets a prize. Do musical tastes predict compatibility in love?

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Seven people will share how music has helped shape their lives in ‘Playlist’: Dave Atkinson, Laurie Brinklow, Lindsay Carroll, Laura Chapin, Gordon Cobb, Lori Mayne and Dave Stewart.

“I ran a similar show in Prince Rupert, BC for three years when I was living out there,’ says ‘Playlist’ producer and participant Laura Chapin. ‘It became a very popular event that I was sure would work here.” The main difference with the PEI monologue show is that a theme focused around music has been added, giving the program a through line and a subject for the participants to work with.

“Our first read -throughs were such a delight, with one piece echoing another in small but surprising ways,’ says Chapin. ‘I think everyone came away from the rehearsal feeling pretty excited. We can’t wait to share this show. And I think people will come away from this show thinking about what music has meant to their lives too.”

Proceeds from the 90-minute show on May 14 at 8 PM will go to support PEI Literacy Allianceʼs Summer Tutoring Program for Kids

An Islander Strikes Back

A tiny land, on the outer lip of the known universe. A changing time, with empires flattening all places into one. And a scrappy group of misfits, who unite to fight a future they don’t even recognize yet.

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Sound familiar? That’s because we are describing Prince Edward Island!

A follow up to his hit book “I Am an Islander”, in his new book “An Islander Strikes Back” Patrick Ledwell sounds a rallying cry for comedic resistance everywhere. Won’t you join him?

The book launch is at the Guild May 6th at 7 PM to 9 PM.

Wit at the Guild

PEI’s own WITTY Mama, an all women’s improv comedy company, will host a night of improvisational comedy in Charlottetown on Friday, April 29, 2016, at The Guild. Proceeds will go to PEI United Way and to scholarships for WITTY Mama classes for women.

Alanna Jankov, Executive Director of The Guild, is thrilled to support WITTY Mama’s second show. “It’s important to The Guild to support, nourish and be part of creating opportunities for women to participate in theatre,” she said.

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For anyone wondering what you can expect from a night of Improv, veteran performer and director of WITTY Mama, Nancy McLure said, ‘You can expect anything! It could be good, it could be bad, it could be funny, it could be sad. What you can count on is having some fun being part of a creative experience like no other.’

WITTY Mama was born from the original WITTY (Women’s Improv Thrown Together, Yo), a group of women who came together to laugh, stretch themselves, and grow their improv skills in the winter of 2015. Kirstin Lund, one of the founders of WITTY Mama saw the opportunity for a women’s improv group after having experienced improv years ago, through Laurie Murphy of F.I.G.H.T. Club and Drill Queens fame. ‘I’d been searching for a chance to do it again regularly ever since,” said Lund, “It struck me one day that I didn’t need to wait any longer for someone else to provide the opportunity.”

Lund and Patti Larsen, a former F.I.G.H.T. Club performer, came together soon after to coordinate and offer improv classes to women with sponsorship from The Guild.

The show, which starts at 7:30 pm, will be compromised of two 40-minute sets, with the doors, and downstairs bar, opening at 7:00pm. Tickets are ON SALE now for $15, and are available through The Guild.

 

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Pascal Dufaux, visiting artist from Montreal, and local artist Sarah Wendt will be hosting an open studio event in the Guild Gallery and conjoining Guild art studio.

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They will show some of the work they have been making in the past 6 months, including sculpture, video, photography, music, dance etc.

The event will take place between 6 and 8pm on Sunday April 10th.

All New ‘All New People’

It’s the dead of winter, and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is heartbroken, and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost-town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans12802717_947043738736488_640855860561249751_n

A hired beauty, the town fireman, and an eccentric real-estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.

Written by Zach Braff and directed by Keir Malone.

All New People features Cameron MacDonald, Emily Anne Fullerton, Tim Wartman, Ashley Clark, Ben Hartley, Paul Whelan, and Tim Gormley

A Whimsical World at the Guild

Artist Tricia MacNeil Baldwin has created “A Whimsical World”, a quirky, colourful world of imaginary places, inspired by the world around us. This series of paintings is inspired by a friend who had terminal cancer but chose to live every day to the fullest. She was full of life, love, laughter and friendship.

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Tricia explains “One evening I started to paint as I was thinking of her and out came the first painting of the series ‘Happy Town’ full of bright colours, simple but fun structures created to make one happy. I gave her this piece, she loved it and so the series was born.”

Tricia’s hope with this whimsical series, is that everyone who sees it, enjoys the fun, the colours and the simplicity of this world. A world simply created to make one smile and to appreciate the simple things in life, especially when the world around you can get confusing and overwhelming.

“A Whimsical World” is at the Guild in Charlottetown through April 9.

One Reason There is (Almost) No Winter Theatre

 

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Near the Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown

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Outside the Victoria Playhouse, Victoria-by-the-Sea

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National Park, North Rustico, near the Watermark Theatre

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Driving to The Guild, Charlottetown

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Summerside, near the Harbourfront Theatre

A Brush With Nature at The Guild

Robert Milner has a passion for painting and paints every day. He is an eclectic artist painting from nature in all its forms, including wildlife and landscape.

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A Brush With Nature, a collection of paintings in oils, acrylic, and water colour is a partial retrospective exhibit created between 2006 and the present day.

The exhibit was created during, and inspired by, a painting trip to Yellowstone Park, using information from time spent in the conservation area, and of time spent in the City of Kawartha Lakes in Ontario.

Other images were created while living on Prince Edward Island, where Robert and his wife made their home in November 2010.

A Brush With Nature is on display at the Gallery at The Guild in Charlottetown from February 3 – 27th.