A new slate of exhibitions will be featured at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) for its Summer Gallery Opening on June 11 at 7 pm. The evening reception will begin in the renovated Courtyard Lounge and Studio 1 with light food, a cash bar and live music. After opening remarks and artist introductions, guests will make their way to the Gallery to explore the exhibitions at their own pace. Several of the exhibition curators and artists will be in attendance.
“The summer exhibitions feature diverse approaches to art making by artists from across the county,” says CCAG director Kevin Rice. “This opening is a great way to kick off the summer while connecting with your friends and having great conversations about art or the history of tourism in PEI.”
The Summer Gallery Opening is free, and no registration is required.
The new exhibitions include:
Shannon Bool: The Shape of Obus
Bool foregrounds her recent research on the erotic drawings and interior spaces produced by the influential and controversial architect, designer and urban planner Le Corbusier. In various mediums, including tapestry, collages and sculpture, the artist reveals repressed aesthetic influences in both visual art and architecture. Curated by Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubrey and produced by Musée d’art Joliette.
This exhibition tracks the changing careers of eight notable Canadian artists by bringing their recent work into comparison with earlier pieces in the CCAG collection. These pairings, which function as focal points of artistic biographies, illuminate the way the trajectories of individual lives and careers reshape our interpretation of works of art from the past. Featured artists include K.C. Adams (Winnipeg, MB), Ron Shuebrook (Guelph, ON), Jin-me Yoon (Vancouver, BC); Lucy Hogg (NYC); Herménégilde Chaisson (Grand Barachois, NB), Daniel MacDougall (Montague, PE), Glenn Lewis (Vancouver, BC) Medrie MacPhee, (NYC). Curated by Pan Wendt.
The Summer Trade
Tourism has deep roots on Prince Edward Island. Tourists first trickled onto the Island in the mid-19th century, drawn to its mild summer climate, therapeutic sea breezes, and pastoral scenery. The potential of “the summer trade” as a seasonal side-hustle gradually became an industry with citizens of PEI welcoming more than 1.5 million travellers each year. Using images and artifacts, this exhibition chronicles 150 years of PEI tourism. Curated by Ed MacDonald and Alan MacEachern.
A collection of vibrant porcupine quillwork art created by The Quill Sisters collective, three artists from Epekwitk that have dedicated their time, passion and creativity to reinvigorating the unique and dynamic tradition of Mi’kmaw quillwork embellishment on birchbark forms, will be featured in the Fredric and Ogden Martin Concourse Gallery. Matues Revisited is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia and the Mary E Black Gallery. Curated by Aiden Gillis.