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Annual Summer Gala to launch four new exhibits at CCAG

June 10, 2013

Exhibitions opening from Lundeen; Delisle; a retrospective on Hilda Woolnough, and more!

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will host its annual Summer Gala, celebrating several new exhibitions on Saturday June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Art Gallery. All are welcome to this free event, which includes a cash bar. Gallery staff and exhibiting artists will be in attendance and will make remarks.

The Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of late P.E.I. artist Hilda Woolnough (1934 - 2007). Curated by Pan Wendt, Hilda Woolnough: A retrospective features a selection of pieces from across the artist's celebrated career, including prints, drawings, paintings, and several quilts. This is the first full retrospective of Woolnough's work and the exhibition will show until December 22.
"Hilda's impact on art in P.E.I. is beyond measure, and continues to this day," states Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. "Confederation Centre is very proud to be hosting such an important show of her work."
Surreal, comic, frightening -- all safe bets when describing the work of emerging Canadian painter, Patrick Lundeen. The Montreal-based artist's creations manifest in the form of giant, brightly coloured masks and sculptures. As part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series, the Gallery is launching Lundeen's Patrick Lundeen: Tragicomic, which lights up the display cases in the Centre's concourse area between Memorial Hall and Mavor's.
"Lundeen's work is both funny and creepy," says curator Wendt, "and it will animate the concourse in a theatrical homage to adolescent icons like Spider Man."
Also a part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series, is Fragmentum Opus, from Canadian painter Philip Delisle. This new series of works is based on the artist's travels and study across Europe after winning the 2012 Plaskett Award. This research gave the Newmarket, Ontario tenant a chance to explore some of the greatest painting collections in the world, and he responded with a series of acrylic works focusing on that experience, the museum spaces of display, and even other viewers looking at these collections. Philip Delisle: Fragmentum Opus and Patrick Lundeen: Tragicomic both show until September 22.
Other works currently exhibiting include: Robyn Moody, Power 2: Heart Lake as seen through the eyes of Manley Natland; Quotation; and VidéoZoom. L'entre-images. The Art Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.confederationcentre.com/artgallery

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Woolnough, Hilda, Beach Series-Summer, 1973, intaglio on paper, 55.8 x 75.4, Collection of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Gift of Printmakers Council of P.E.I. Inc., 2007.