PEI’s Art Banks

New acquisitions being added

Annie Martin, Kwoqowej, wood burned panel

More Island artists are being recognized as the Province acquired 10 new pieces for the Island Art Bank collections.

 The PEI Art Bank and Indigenous Art Bank celebrate the diversity of Island visual artists through annual acquisitions of new pieces as part of their respective broader collections. The 10 newly acquired works will be loaned out for display in public spaces across PEI.

 “Having my work recognized, and for others to resonate with my art means so much to me. It encourages me to keep creating and growing as an artist,” says Annie Martin, founder of RoseWolf Creations. “I love what I do. Knowing that space is held for Indigenous artists across the Island is significant—there is so much Indigenous talent across Epekwitk that it is an honour to be selected.”

 The Prince Edward Island Art Bank collection was established in 1979 to support and encourage visual artists living in PEI. Three years ago, the Indigenous Art Bank was launched to celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people of PEI. Since the inception of our Island Art Banks, over 150 artists have been recognized and 300 pieces have been acquired for these collections.

The 10 works of art purchased for the Indigenous Art Bank and PEI Art Bank are: Kloqowej (wood-burned panel) and Kmu’j Kawiey (wood plank with bark edges) by Annie Martin; Grammys Picnic Basket (Black Ash) by Elder Francis Jadis; Paper Thin (mixed media (oil, acrylic and college on board) by Betty-Jo Lecours; Family Gathering, PEI (multi-colour hand printed lithograph on handmade paper) by Christine Trainor; Pathfinder (oil and charcoal on canvas) by Damien Worth; Pulchra Notiones #1 (watercolour) by Hans Wendt; Carry on. (reclaimed wood) by Lenny Gallant; Painting the Past (photography) by Sion Irwin-Childs; and Neriage Vase in Grey and Blue (clay, ceramic stain) by Isako Suzuki.

Learn more about the Indigenous Art Bank and the PEI Art Bank at princeedwardisland.ca.