Celebrating Canadian unity with Mary Margaret Land
Over a period of 10 years PEI artist Mary Margaret Land has created a series of original watercolour paintings for each official Floral Emblem and a painting representing the entire country called “Canadian Unity.” These works along with accompanying prose will tour Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary of confederation.
For Phase 1 of the tour the exhibition opened in Ottawa and remained on view from June 27 to 30, 2017, at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall.
From December 12 to 22, 2017, the exhibition will return to Charlottetown, Birthplace of Confederation, for a show in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
Phases 2 and 3 will take the tour to the twelve remaining capitals beginning with Toronto and Quebec City.
Mary describes the ambitious project:
“These flowers, and accompanying prose, speak of their particular province or territory: historically, culturally, geographically, and even more importantly in terms of what we value. I chose a quality or value that best represents each Province and Territory.
“For Canada I chose ‘Unity’.
“The Flowers of Canada exhibit mirrors the natural beauty of Canada and that which is in our own hearts.
“While each province and territory has its own unique character, together they represent the best of Canada. With so much unrest in the world, Canada stands as a shining light, unified by a set of humane and compassionate core values.
“By showcasing these Flowers of Canada, we will celebrate National Unity and the continuing journey of Confederation.
“We hope this exhibit will resonate with and re-energize Canadians as they reflect on the values we share as the community of Canada.”
From 2001 to 2011 Mary completed the 14 original Flowers of Canada and prose for each. With the assistance of a steering committee, Mary planned a tour of the Flowers of Canada collection to all the Capital Cities commencing in 2017 to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Committee members Mel Gallant, Karen Weeks, Ed MacDonald, Sandra Jeffery, Ted Land and Mary’s assistant, Laura Waddell, helped make this project happen as did many people too numerous to mention.
Each Province and Territory will receive a signed and titled, framed reproduction of their Provincial /Territorial Flower on watercolour paper.
The works have been previously shown at: PEI’s Legislative Assembly, Province House, Charlottetown; Canadian Capital Cities and Organization National Conference, Charlottetown; Delta Conference Center, Charlottetown; Communities in Bloom National Conference, Charlottetown; Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown; Nature PEI presentation, Carriage House at Beaconsfield, Charlottetown; and at Government House, Charlottetown.