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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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Best in Class

Best in Class
Berni Wood wins for Commerical Industrial Photography

Charlottetown professional photographer, Berni Wood, MPA, won the Best in Class Award for Commercial Industrial Photography at the 2017 National Image Salon Competition recently in Ottawa. The Awards were held during the International Photography Conference hosted by the Professional Photographers of Canada.

The winning entry “Laying the Power
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Skills in hosting

Skills in hosting
Donnalee Downe embodies her art

Donnalee Downe of Charlottetown wants to use the grant that she received from the 2017 PEI Grants to Artists program to create work that explores the preparations involved when hosting in domestic spaces.

She says that she has become increasingly interested in works which involve elements of performance, and how movement becomes embodied in the practice of art. An
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Grandpa’s art

Grandpa’s art
Cavendish photographers win Best in Show in Las Vegas

Cavendish photographers Jessica MacNeill and Jenna MacFarlane of Grandpa’s Antique Photo studio were recognized with the Best in Show award from over 300 entries at the 2017 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest held February 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio received a total of eleven (11) awards
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Photography awards

Photography awards
Cavendish photographers win at international show

Cavendish photographers Jessica MacNeill and Jenna MacFarlane of Grandpa’s Antique Photo studio were recognized with the Best in Show award from over 300 entries at the 2017 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest held February 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio received a total of 11 awards at the event.
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Things in life

Things in life
Hanna Matheson loves to draw

by Cassandra Bernard

Behind round glasses, her eyes focus on the t-shirt logo she is sketching for her friend’s band, Stabbing Joy. Hanna Matheson, 21, has always been inspired by people and this shows through her unique and intriguing artwork.

“People would be my biggest inspiration that influences my work,” she says. Going back to elementary school and when she used
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