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Stahl
, Ben

Stahl
, Ben

Life Is What You Learn
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Ben Stahl’s work as an internationally recognized illustrator and artist gives the lie to the term “self-taught.” He may have passed up an art school scholarship in San Francisco because the school was teaching abstract expressionism, but his path has always been one of avid learning.

Born in the USA and always determined to be an illustrator, Ben
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Aylward, Owen

Aylward, Owen

150 Per Cent Solution
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Twenty-three years ago, when a fledgling local choir visited the school where Owen Aylward was teaching music, he was impressed enough to write them a letter of appreciation. “Within a week,” he says, as though still surprised by the turn of events, “they had written to me asking if I’d like to be the director.” This year that community choir, now
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Stewart
, Russell

Stewart
, Russell

Better By Design
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Chances are you’ve seen Russell Stewart’s graphic design or artwork—if, for example, you ever took note of the Dixie Lee woman at the old Towers Restaurant. If you haven’t seen his work, then you’ve seen work by his former students from the commercial design program at Holland College, where he taught from 1970 until retiring in 1992.

“Most of my work has
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Wiggans
, Siobhan

Wiggans
, Siobhan

Let’s Talk About It

Profile by Jane Ledwell

Siobhan Wiggans is using her temporary term as a curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to bring about long-term effects: She hopes to bring as many in to the gallery as she can, and to engage and inspire them in ways that keep them returning.

A recent new event, “Family Sunday” at the gallery, attracted close to 50 participants for its first
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Clarkes
, Mille

Clarkes
, Mille

Follow Your Heart
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Becoming a documentary filmmaker and coordinator of the Island Media Arts Co-op were not set goals on a clearcut path for Mille Clarkes, but they now seem to be natural culminations of life choices marked by curiosity, adventure, and community-building. “Looking back,” she says, “I see I had gathered film industry and arts administration jobs, but not on
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Leclair
, Larry

Leclair
, Larry

Clear-Eyed Skeptic
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Television producer Larry LeClair rarely does local press. Part of the reason is practical: when aiming for an international market for television shows, you aim for international press. Part of the reason is cultural. “On PEI, the great sin is bragging,” he says. “When we ask, ‘Who do you think you are?’ it sounds like a question you’d like to answer,
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Rice
, Kevin

Rice
, Kevin

Registering Response
Profile by Jane Ledwell

A convergence of things” is how Kevin Rice describes his workday as Registrar and Associate Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. As registrar, he documents and keeps track of the gallery collection; as curator, he creates exhibits from the collection. Combining these tasks, causing things to converge, is BFA-trained Kevin’s aesthetic work.

After
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Hagerman
, Barbara

Hagerman
, Barbara

One of the People
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Her Honour Barbara Hagerman, the Island’s recently appointed Lieutenant-Governor, can’t stop smiling. “Every day since I’ve been in this house,” Fanningbank, or Government House, “it’s like being on stage at Carnegie Hall. And since I’ve been on stage at Carnegie Hall, with my choir [the Summerside Community Choir, which she conducted for 17 years], I can
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