Painting (detail) by artist William Stuart

An Island Artist

William Stuart exhibit at Eptek Art and Cultural Centre

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William Stuart: Portrait of an Island Artist is on view at Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside until October 1.

The exhibit brings together, for the first time, over 40 works by Scottish-Canadian artist William Stuart. It shows his strong connection to PEI, where he held a charge with the Presbyterian Church in West Cape, Campbellton and the Brae, West Prince County, from 1865 to 1870. Stuart married and began a family on the Island, and these ties brought him back for the rest of his life. His descendants include the Drummond, Jeffery and Montgomery families, and many paintings and artifacts remain with them.

William Stuart: Portrait of an Island Artist chronicles the life and work of the artist from his early days in Scotland to images of family life, farmwork, homes, and the clothing of the era. Covering the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Stuart also depicts scenes from his travels between the Maritime provinces and northeast United States.

The exhibit is on display at Eptek in partnership with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. Curators Janet Whytock and Anne Neatby will hold tours in August and September.

Eptek Art and Culture Centre is located at 130 Heather Moyse Drive in Summerside.