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Volunteer to do tax returns

Volunteers are needed at a free tax clinic to complete tax returns for eligible people in your commu [ ... ]

Charlottetown Fest cast housing

Every summer the off-Island cast, orchestra, and crew of the Charlottetown Festival flood into town  [ ... ]

In the dialogue

In the dialogue
Profile: Monica Lacey

by Jane Ledwell

For the Art in the Open festival one year, Monica Lacey created an installation conjuring an abandoned house in the woods. “Drunk teenagers stumbled into it,” she recalls. “I don’t even know if they knew it was part of the festival—but they started to have a house party…The suspension of disbelief they had was so magic.” Eventually, she had to kick them out to
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Deposits to Art Bank

Island artists will have their work seen by more people thanks to the PEI government’s reinvestment in the province’s Art Bank. The Art Bank acquires, loans out, and displays works by professional Island artists for public spaces. As part of its new 5-year culture action plan (www.princeedwardisland.ca/cultureactionplan) government will buy $20,000 worth of art this year followed by $10,000 yearly
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Culture PEI has a new name

Culture PEI changed their name to CreativePEI to better reflect their commitment to empowering arts, culture and creative industry workers in PEI. Their spokesperson says, “Worldwide, the term Creative Industries is being used to describe what they used to call the Cultural Sector. The name CreativePEI reflects an understanding that what we all have in common is using the creative process to make
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A mirror of myself

A mirror of myself
Lucie Bellemare has fun with her art

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

It’s a different world from a small titling house caught up in the woods outside Abram’s Village to a “regular” home in Summerside, but artist Lucie Bellemare is finding her way. “If the roof was not about to cave in, I would still be there, in the woods,” remarked Lucie.

Born and raised in Alma, Lac St. Jean, Quebec, surrounded by wind
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Art on the walls

Art on the walls

Hot Shots Lounge on Longworth Avenue in Charlottetown is the latest non-gallery space to offer opportunities for Island artists to exhibit their work.

In November, Kathy Tweel and Terry Mackinnon, the owners and operators of Hot Shots Lounge, asked their friend Paul Ness to take the idea of showing Island art on their walls forward. Paul rounded up Jim West, Trisha Clarkin, Kier Kenny and P. John
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Arts grants

Artists from across Prince Edward Island continue to enrich the province’s cultural life with the help of provincial government grants.

Another $50,000 has been awarded in fall 2017 to 17 projects by established and emerging artists in film and media arts, music, theatre, crafts, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, writing and publishing.

Grant winners were selected by a six-member jury of their
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Garden carvings

Garden carvings
Wayne Ellis sculpts with his chain saw

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

Set back from Water Street in Summerside, partially hidden from view, lies the magical world of the Wood Carvers Garden.

As wood carver Wayne Ellis says, “Once people walk through the gates, they become little kids again. So much fun stuff to see.” Yes, it is fun to meander through the garden grounds, but it doesn’t take long to realize
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We were Told

We were Told
New commission by Robert Houle added to collection

Anishnaabe artist, Robert Houle, a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently attended the opening of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s permanent collection exhibition, Re: Collection, to make introductory remarks and present a public talk on his 2017 painting, O-ween du muh waun (We were Told).

Commissioned by
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Giant dreamcatcher

Giant dreamcatcher
Canada 150 Signature project in Memorial Hall

In Memorial Hall at Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown there hangs a 22-foot dreamcatcher made by Mi’kmaq artist Nick Huard. For Huard, dreamcatchers are a tool for envisioning the future and the national dreamcatcher is meant to serve as a means for nation building, inclusivity, and starting a conversation. The piece is entitled, The
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The Potter’s Daughter

The Potter’s Daughter
Suzanne Scott takes over Village Pottery from her folks

PEI’s longest running pottery shop has a new owner. After apprenticing with her mother Daphne for the last 6 years, “The Potter's Daughter” Suzanne Scott has officially taken the reins at her family business, Village Pottery which has been run by her parents Daphne and Ian Scott for the last 44 years on the north shore in New London.

Village
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Harbourfront Players March 1–2 & 8–10 
Harbourfront Theatre The Harbourfront Players p [ ... ]

The Charlottetown Film Society & L’Ipéen...

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City Cinema Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance [ ... ]

Roma

January 25–28
City Cinema 14A, coarse language, nudity, mature subject matter
Dir: Alfonso Cuarón, [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Music PEI Canadian Songwriter Challenge

In partnership with ECMA 2019 Music PEI and ECMA 2019 have announced a partnership bringing togethe [ ... ]

The facilitator

Profile: Steve Bellamy by Jane Ledwell “Arts are ways into emotions. Arts are where we connect, [ ... ]

A gift of Island poetry: John MacKenzie

The Feet of Blue Herons If you happen to live in another town,
Or country, or even galaxy
As dim and  [ ... ]