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DVD features Prince County artists

by Hilary Hawkins

Digital video production crew members Jonathan Bearisto (rear) and Lindsay Victor (centre), discuss lighting and technique at the studio of Alberton based artist Patt Le Clair Bates (front).A DVD project currently underway in Prince County is promoting the work of several visual artists from that region.The finished DVD, which is targeted towards visitors to our ‘gentle Isle,’ is expected to enhance the Island tourism experience this summer.

A team of non-professional Island youth is working together to produce the DVD, which is a joint project of Tyne Valley CAP Site and East Prince Youth Development in Summerside. The project has been named ‘ARTicles’ by its crew members. Nine artists are featured on the DVD—all living and working from Summerside west. “Inspiration for our ARTicles project came from a CBC series of short vignettes featuring artists from across Canada,” says ARTicles project co-ordinator, Susan Driscoll. The artwork ranges from recycled-metal sculpture to teddy bears, basket-weaving and paintings.

Patt Le Clair Bates of Alberton is one of the artists featured on the DVD. “Art is an essential part of Western PEI’s culture and when you purchase a piece of art (created here) you are purchasing a piece of Western PEI,” says Le Clair Bates.

The DVD will be on display for public viewing at various high-traffic tourism sites on PEI, together with Island highway maps, featured artists’ business cards and their promotional literature. The DVD launch and an exhibition of artwork by artists featured on the DVD is set to take place June 27at Tyne Valley CAP Site on the Port Hill Station Road. Artists and crew will be in attendance and the general public is invited to attend.

The ARTicles project has been make possible with funding from the Tech PEI Innovation Fund and the PEI Community Cultural Partnership Program. ARTicles crew members are Jonathan Bearisto, Summerside; Duston Cameron, Freetown; Callandra Cartwright, Ellerslie; Susan Driscoll, Poplar Grove; Hilary Hawkins, Mount Pleasant; Anthony Millar, Birch Hill; Lindsay Victor, Mount Stewart; and Ken Williams, Tyne Valley.

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