June 2, 2022 – An exciting new slate of exhibitions will be featured at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) for its Summer Gallery Opening on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. The evening reception will begin in the newly renovated Courtyard Lounge and Studio 1 with light food, a cash bar, and live music from Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom. After opening remarks and artist introductions, guests will be invited to make their way to the Gallery to explore the exhibitions at their own pace. Several of the exhibition curators and artists will be in attendance.
“The summer exhibitions feature diverse approaches to art making by artists from across the county,” says CCAG director Kevin Rice. “This opening is a great way to kick off the summer while connecting with your friends and having great conversations about art or the history of tourism in PEI.”
The Summer Gallery Opening is free to attend, and no registration is required. The new exhibitions include:
The Summer Trade
Using images and artifacts, this exhibition chronicles 150 years of Prince Edward Island tourism through thematic modules such as promotion, attractions, and souvenirs. The pieces featured include Mrs. Sleepy Owl from Rainbow Valley, Cows Creamery merchandise from the 1980s, and the original doors of the old Abegweit ferry. Curated by Ed MacDonald and Alan MacEachern.
A collection of vibrant porcupine quillwork art created by The Quill Sisters collective; Melissa Peter-Paul, Kay Sark, and Cheryl Simon. These artists from Epekwitk that have dedicated their time, passion, and creativity to reinvigorating the unique and dynamic tradition of Mi’kmaw quillwork embellishment on birchbark forms, which will be featured in the Fredric and Ogden Martin Concourse Gallery. Presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia and the Mary E Black Gallery. Curated by Aiden Gillis.
This exhibition tracks the changing careers of eight notable Canadian artists by bringing their recent work into comparison with earlier pieces in the CCAG collection. These pairings, which function as focal points of artistic biographies, illuminate the way the trajectories of individual lives and careers reshape our interpretation of works of art from the past. Featured artists include K.C. Adams (Winnipeg, MB), Ron Shuebrook (Guelph, ON), Jin-me Yoon (Vancouver, BC); Lucy Hogg (NYC); Herménégilde Chaisson (Grand Barachois, NB), Daniel MacDougall (Montague, PE), Glenn Lewis (Vancouver, BC) Medrie MacPhee, (NYC). Curated by Pan Wendt.
Shannon Bool: The Shape of Obus
Bool foregrounds her recent research on the erotic drawings and interior spaces produced by the influential and controversial architect, designer, and urban planner Le Corbusier. In various mediums, including tapestry, collages and sculpture, the artist reveals repressed aesthetic influences in both visual art and architecture. Curated by Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubrey and produced by Musée d’art Joliette
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Photo cutline: Quillwork by Melissa Peter-Paul, Kay Sark, and Cheryl Simon from the exhibition Matues Revisited