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Charlottetown Fest cast housing

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

Plays wanted for Community Theatre Festi...

The PEI Community Theatre Festival will be held at the Carrefour in Charlottetown on March 30, 2019, [ ... ]

Fleet to launch

Fleet to launch

Submitted by Sarah Millet

The countdown has begun for Art in the Open. The annual two week visual art festival is a partnership between this town is small, inc., Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the City of Charlottetown that highlights local and national artists and celebrates the city’s creative community. This summer marks the festival’s 5th year.

This year Art in the Open presents over 30
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Master of the art

Master of the art
Berni Wood earns national photographic designation

As part of its continuing program of Honours & Awards, the Professional Photographers of Canada have announced that Bernie Wood is a recipient of Master of Photographic Arts.

This designation is bestowed by the PPOC upon its members whose images accepted into the annual PPOC Image Salon over a number of years are consistently of a high quality
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Robert Harris gift

Robert Harris gift
Chris Tweel donation to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery 

The Collections Committee at Confederation Centre recently accepted a large 1887 portrait, painted by Robert Harris, for the Art Gallery’s extensive Harris Collection.

The oil on canvas painting was gifted to the Centre by Chris Tweel in memory of Linda Tweel, to recognize the many contributions she made throughout her lifetime in
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Mi’kmaq quill art

Mi’kmaq quill art

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

The women who make up the Mi’kmaq Artisans of Lennox Island are passionate about their art and their enthusiasm is infectious. Under the instruction of Cheryl Simon, apprentices Marlene Thomas, Noella Moore and Kayla Sark, are learning the fine art of classic Mi’kmaq Quill Art. When the women used the acronym for the group name, “MALI,” they realized this is a Mi’kmaq word
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Back yard art

Back yard art
Kerras Jeffery celebrates 20th anniversary of Back Yard Folk Art

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

Kerras Jeffery has been called “wonderfully demented,” “amazing,” “brilliant” and “wacky.” Calling him names (sticks and stones) do not bother the PEI folk artist, he probably could make something out of them. A tour of his workshop and studio reveals the fantastic scope of his no-holes-barred imagination.

May
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Inexplicably lovely

One Great Thing
by Ann Thurlow

A person would be a hard-hearted sort not to find the beauty in a sunset or a flower.

But let us look again at a parking lot, a snowbank and a streetlamp. Let us, as painter Norma Jean MacLean has done, strip those things to their own boxy architecture. Let us look at those things with innocent eyes so that their ordinariness becomes suddenly, inexplicably lovely. I
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Inspired City

Inspired City
Lyndsay Paynter painting inspired by ideas of sustainabilty

A painting by local artist Lyndsey Paynter was unveiled at City Hall recently. The painting was created during an Inspired City Meet and Speak event where the public was asked to contribute to Charlottetown’s future sustainability plan. Participants engaged in roundtable discussions on the progress made so far in the Integrated Community
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Support for the arts

Support for the arts
The West Prince Arts Council fosters creativity in the area

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

West Prince Arts Council President, Glennis Wallace, doesn’t want the Council to be “just a seasonal” enterprise. Accordingly, WPAC promotes artists and their work throughout the year. 

The members of the Council have skills in painting, sculpture, woodworking, traditional rug hooking, jewellery making and
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The Guest Book: Patrick Ledwell

In the weeds

I’m putting on a final push to get a new book out. I’ve entered the phase that’s sometimes called “in the weeds.” To me, that expression describes a point where you’re entangled in the small details and complexities of things. A comma here, a dangling participle there. My sister Jane is copy-editing the book, and she’s an editor with whom you do not want to mess.

But here on PEI, I’m
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The Guest Book: Lee Ellen Pottie

How to walk

There is a badly-kept-secret club in Charlottetown. It meets two days a week, afternoons and evenings at Ellen’s Creek Gallery. At the appointed times, groups of 12–16 people shuffle into the back room, extend the club greeting, set up equipment, wave their #8 wands, and paint.

It’s been going on for years. You’ve probably met some of the club members in your daily walks or visits to
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Some Upcoming Events

The Drawer Boy

Until January 20
City Cinema PG
Dir: Arturo Pérez Torres/Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Canada, 99 min. Stuar [ ... ]

Sequential thinking

Serial arrangements at Confederation Centre Art Gallery Until March 19 The tradition of artists wo [ ... ]

Raised on TV #3

February 15 & 16
The Guild Now in its third season, Raised on Television (RoTV3) is taking a loo [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]