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Magic Haunted Lands

CCAG Presents Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land

-Gallery exhibiting a selection of enigmatic landscapes from Island-based painter this winter-

Opening this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a new exhibition of dramatic landscapes, dream worlds, and shadowy figures from P.E.I.-based artist, Gerard Clarkes

Born in 1934, Clarkes studied art in his native Winnipeg, as well as Montreal and Toronto. By the early 1960s, he was represented by major galleries in Toronto and Montreal and had solo exhibitions in Toronto and Vancouver. By the mid-60s he was appointed Director of Art at York University, and later Director of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land features works that defy easy categorization. His paintings often depict enigmatic casts of characters positioned in allusive landscapes, like actors placed in a tableau.

When reviewing his formative exhibition Gerard Clarkes: transcending, reviewers of the day spoke with uncertainty of his mystifying subject matter and unique style, which had clearly struck a chord with art-lovers and collectors in the 1960s.

Said Manitoba art critic Robert Ayre in 1964, “Clarkes is a peculiar painter who entices us into a dream world of his own and holds us fascinated…” while Dorothy Pfeiffer of the Montreal Gazette wrote “Some of Clarkes’ incongruously garbed figures appear as phantoms from an earlier era; as lost souls wandering through a prairie twilight” before concluding that “time both is, and is not, of the essence” in Clarkes’ paintings.

Says Wendt, of the forthcoming CCAG exhibition: “These works resonate with us today because they captured a sense of up-rootedness and uncertainty in relation to where we find ourselves, which is uncannily familiar at this time.”

Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land runs January 16 to May 9, 2021 and was produced by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. An accompanying publication will be launched during the exhibition.


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Mourning the Passing of Tom Symons

Confederation Centre of the Arts is mourning the passing of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont, FRSC, LLD, DU, DLitt, DCnL, FRGS, KSS. Professor Symons passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 91.

Professor Symons was a long-time colleague of Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA), serving as both board director and governor and was the founding force behind the now annual Symons Medal Lecture. He is widely recognized for his contributions in the areas of public policy, heritage, and education, dedicating his life to community and nation building. 

Born in Toronto in 1929, Professor Symons was educated at the University of Toronto and later Oriel College, Oxford. Returning to the University of Toronto he taught both Ancient and Canadian History. 

Professor Symons made myriad contributions to his larger Ontario community and public initiatives across Canada, while also leaving his mark on Prince Edward Island. He joined the board of CCOA in 1986 and in 2004 led the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture at CCOA. Each year, this nationally televised ceremony and lecture is held on the Mainstage at Confederation Centre, recognizing an eminent individual who has made a major contribution to Canadian life. The event has grown steadily each year, having recognized 20 Medallists to date.

“It is with deep sadness that we reflect on the passing of Tom Symons, “states Robert Sear, chair of board of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “As many Islanders know, Tom was one of the Centre’s most passionate and committed members. He carried a great love for the Island and we are forever thankful for his many contributions and generous guidance over the past 35 years as board member, governor, and friend.”

Says Steve Bellamy, CEO, “Tom has left a profound impact on Confederation Centre of the Arts through his efforts to promote the Centre nationally, particularly through the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture. We are very proud to have received decades of support and attention from Tom, and are equally proud to ensure that his legacy will on through the Symons Medal Lecture series.”

Professor Symons has been coming to P.E.I. annually for 50 years and will be missed by many in the community. Says Island Historian Catherine Hennessey, OC, of her colleague, “Tom Symons has long connections with this place, having arrived here as a hitch hiker while he was a teenager. That trip took him to the gate of Shaw’s Hotel in Brackley. His loyalties run deep on this island, spending summers at Shaw’s; caring for us when he was chair of National Historic Sites and Monuments Board; and then later on the Centre’s board. He is a true Canadian icon and I will always be honoured to call him a friend.”  

The Centre board and staff wish to extend sympathies to Professor Symons’ wife Christine; their children, Mary, Ryerson and Jeffery; and the entire Symons family. In lieu of flowers, the Symons family has asked that donations be made to, among others, The Symons Trust of Confederation Centre of the Arts.


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Thanks From the Harbourfront

Today the Harbourfront Theatre celebrates Frontline Workers who give so much to others. We couldn’t let the year end without taking the opportunity to once again thank all the Frontline Workers who keep our Island running, who give their time, their resources and themselves everyday. For us, we thank all the men and women, young and old, who are out there everyday working to see that our needs are met. We appreciate you!



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The Art of Giving

December is the most generous time of the year among Canadians! With only a few more days for donations to receive a 2020 tax receipt, we ask you to consider us in your year-end giving 🎁👐🧡
Donations of $20 or more are fully tax deductible, and those who donate $50 or more automatically become Members.
Now that our website can accept online donations, giving to Confederation Centre of the Arts has never been easier! Visit https://confederationcentre.com/donate/


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