Ten Atlantic Canada artists selected for August 26th
Ten artists from Atlantic Canada have been selected by a jury of their peers and industry professionals to develop and showcase their work at the 7th annual Art in the Open festival main event.
On August 26 from 4 pm until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. Art in the Open features performances, sculptural installations, projections, and other temporary art forms, delivering a truly multi-media experience for all ages.
Festival Co-curator Becka Viau says, “Artists were encouraged to present the jury a festival project that would be new, interesting, and innovative yet could be installed and dismantled within 24 hours. Twenty-seven independent artists as well as groups from across Canada submitted applications.”
The Art in the Open jury is comprised of members from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Island Media Arts Co-op, Culture PEI, La Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, and this town is small inc.
Pan Wendt, Festival Co-Curator, says, “We are thrilled about the quality and the diversity of the artists that will be participating in this year’s festival. We have interactive exhibits like April White’s animation and sound installation It’s okay to be tired and Morgan Sandiford’s and Dana Doucette’s who will entertain audiences in Victoria Park with their Existential Crisis Hotline. Alternatively, festival goers can take in a multimedia dance performance exploring inherited emotional states of PEI women from the creative team of Allie Higgins and Simon White.” Wendt is also looking forward to bringing Jay Crocker’s massive BIBLEOT machine to this year’s festival. “As a composer, Jay has spent the last 10 years experimenting and building this instrument of 16 units which comes together as a single orchestra.”
Island artist, Donnalee Downe will present Public Work, blurring lines between art and construction work. Filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes is collaborating with her father and musician Gerard Luther Clarkes and Andrea Ellis of the Sirens ensemble to present a video projection/musical performance, SOFT SNOW. Evan Furness will return with a video and sound installation inspired by the Charlottetown folklore surrounding the shipwreck of the steamer Fairy Queen. Moncton-based artist Jennifer Demitor will exhibit two freestanding structures as part of The Pods Series. Festival goers can sneak a peek at dozens of handwritten kitchen table notes between family members in Joshua Zapf’s larger-than-life exposé Vital Signs. At night, Tori Fleming’s 16mm silent experimental film Canine will be projected on downtown buildings. www.artintheopenpei.com
Located around the focal points of Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, Connaught Square and Victoria Park, the festival highlights Charlottetown’s urban spaces.