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Confederation Centre Art Gallery fall gala this weekend

October 17, 2011

The Fall Gala Opening at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery takes place Saturday, October 22 beginning at 7 p.m. The opening of five new exhibitions and a book launch will be the highlights of the evening.

"We have a local theme to this slate of shows, with the added theme of the changing landscape. The exhibitions include PEI painters engaged with the natural world, a historical PEI architect, plus Nova Scotia sculptor Kim Morgan's full-scale latex cast of the Borden-Carleton lighthouse, as well as a PEI museum show on navigation," says Kevin Rice, director of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. "It is the most local and regional group of exhibitions we have had for awhile."

Assembly Lines: Stephen B. MacInnis, Ruth Marsh, Sarah Saunders, Aaron Weldon, curated by Pan Wendt, includes two well-known PEI artists, MacInnis and Saunders, and two emerging Halifax artists, Marsh and Weldon. For MacInnis, this is his first-ever showing of an extensive body of work at the Centre. All four artists will be present at the opening, available to answer questions about their work.

Elaine Harrison: I Am An Island That Dreams, is co-curated by George Arsenault and Kevin Rice. This opening is also a book launch for a new book on Elaine Harrison co-published by Acorn Press and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Minding the Light: the Gentle Island's Dangerous Coastline is curated by Boyde Beck and organized by the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation. This exhibition combines objects from the PEI Museum and Gallery collections and focuses on the history of marine navigation on PEI.

Kim Morgan: Range Light, is organized and circulated by Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery and curated by Ingrid Jenkner. The Halifax artist's latest large-scale project is a life-sized latex cast of a decommissioned lighthouse in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. This piece is touring the country and ending up at the Oh, Canada survey of contemporary Canadian art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art next summer.

Damien Worth: Painted Space is curated by Pan Wendt and introduces the work of an emerging P.E.I. painter who explores the tension between various ways of articulating space in pictures that contain both representational and abstract elements. Worth will also be at the gala opening.

Works of the Heart: The Architectural Legacy of James Harris in PEI is curated by Darin MacKinnon. It is a survey of the work of P.E.I. architect James Harris (1886-1954), whose work has been overshadowed by that of his more famous uncles, William Critchlow Harris and Robert Harris. The exhibition includes architectural drawings and plans and photographs of buildings.

The gala opening is open to the public and starts at 7:00 p.m. There will be refreshments and entertainment.

Image: Stephen B. MacInnis, a boxed selection from Long Series, c.1000 mixed media works on paper, each 12" x 12", 2009-2011. Courtesy of the artist.