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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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Craft awards

Craft awards
Island artisans recognized at home and away

Mi’kmaq Quill Art

Mi’kmaq Quill Art artist Cheryl Simon was the recent recipient of two prestigious awards in the craft sector.  She won “Best Booth” at the PEI Crafts, Art and Giftware Buyers’ Market in January, and then went on to win “Best New Product” at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show in February. Cheryl was a first time participant at both these
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Cavendish photographers win at international show

Cavendish photographers win at international show

Cavendish photographers Audra Carrier, Jessica MacNeill, Alex MacPherson, Emily Mangos, Lacey Ozon, Ashtyn Palmer and Charlene Wardrope of Grandpa’s Antique Photo studio were recognized at the 2016 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest held February 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They received a total of nineteen (19) awards at the event.

MacNeill was the big winner with seven
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Holding the Pose

Holding the Pose
Portraiture from Harris, Burke, Poitras, Blackwood

Submitted by Pan Wendt

The goal of a portrait is to produce a likeness of the subject, whether physical or psychological, mediated by the expressive interpretation of the artist. But those portrayed are rarely passive actors in the exchange that takes place when a portrait is made, says Confederation Centre Art Gallery curator Pan Wendt. Through
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Art unveiled in Stratford

Art unveiled in Stratford
Three interactive pieces installed in trail system at Cotton Park

The official unveiling of three new interactive art pieces took place in Stratford in November. The three pieces were commissioned by the Town of Stratford through a proposal process which included artists, individually or in groups, demonstrate their vision for their art piece keeping with a theme of “nature.” All three pieces have
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Exact replicas

Exact replicas
Reproducing the furniture from the Confederation Chamber

While Province House in Charlottetown undergoes renovations Parks Canada and the Confederation Centre of the Arts have mounted an exhibit in the upper foyer of the Centre called “The Story of Confederation” which includes reproductions of the furniture from the Confederation Chamber. The original pieces are with Parks Canada curators in
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