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Confederation Centre Art Gallery's annual Fall Gala October 20

October 17, 2012

Visitors can enjoy five new autumn exhibitions at Confederation Centre of the Arts
(Charlottetown) - The Fall Gala Opening at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery takes place Saturday, October 20 beginning at 7 p.m. The launch of five new exhibitions and an acoustic set from popular PEI blues band Bad Habits will be the highlights of the evening. Gallery-goers can enjoy five new exhibitions: Michael Flaherty: The Grey Islands; Christos Dikeakos, Pâtisserie Duchamp: puis-je fumer; Lionel F. Stevenson: Fifty Years of Photographs (1962-2012); David Alexander: The Shape of Place; and Douglas Walker: Other Worlds.
"The fall shows opening at the Art Gallery feature fascinating paintings, photographs, ceramics, and installations by artists from British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island," says Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. "They provide a rich range of contemporary artist practices and curatorial points of view."
Included are the wonderful large-scale paintings by British Columbia's David Alexander, who provides a very painterly experience of specific landscapes he has walked in from remote ends of the earth. His richly layered works draw on a landscape tradition where as the fictionalized landscapes of exhibitor Douglas Walker's paintings reference blue and white crackled 18th Century ceramic surfaces while featuring fantastical visitations to other times and imagined spaces. Ceramic artist Michael Flaherty's conceptual craft exhibition references antler shapes and patterns from Victorian ceramic shards he found on the Grey Islands of Newfoundland. Flaherty's three month exploration of that remote Island landscape inspired a series of beautiful small sculptures as well as documentary photographs and video.
It has been a number years since the public has had the opportunity to see P.E.I. photographer Lionel Stevenson's exquisitely printed back and white photographs. The new survey exhibition is selected from key series of images from over five decades, reflecting Stevenson's long interest in landscape, streetscapes, architecture and portraits. It will be a must see exhibition.
Christos Dikeakos is a senior Vancouver artist with a longstanding interest in the work of Marcel Duchamp, and the erotic and neurotic dimensions of smoking. Pâtisserie Duchamp: puis-je fumer combines sculpture, drawing, and photography in a museological presentation.
The Fall Gala Opening will feature an abundance of new art to see, tasty snacks and drinks, and short remarks from selected exhibitors. Visitors can catch up with friends, speak with several of the artists and curators, and listen to a punchy acoustic performance from popular blues band Bad Habits, winners of Music PEI's ‘Weekend Warrior' award in 2012.
The opening reception for the Gallery's newest exhibitions will be held Saturday, October 20 from 7-9pm. It promises to be a great evening and all are welcome. For more information please visit
Photo Cutline: Lionel Stevenson, Big Eye, 1998, silver gelatin print, 39.4 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist.