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Last chance on Hilda Woolnough retrospective at the CCAG

November 29, 2013

Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island exhibition extended. Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Hilda Woolnough: A Retrospective surveys the work of one of P.E.I.'s most influential visual artists. Curated by Pan Wendt, it features important works selected from the artist's studio, private collections, as well as the collections of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Carleton University Art Gallery, and includes many fine examples of Woolnough's powerful drawings and prints.

The Woolnough retrospective is on display until December 22 and Gallery Director, Kevin Rice says "Woolnough's tremendous drawing ability and her enduring interest in the figure are very evident in the show -- it is an impressive legacy."
Woolnough moved to P.E.I. in the late 60's and immediately made a huge impact on the province's art scene. She fostered and advocated for many arts organizations including the Great George Street Gallery, the Guild, and the Printmakers Council of P.E.I. Her works have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and North America.

The gallery exhibition Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island will be extended until 2 February 2014 and provide a First Nations presence as Confederation Centre launches into celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. The exhibition provides a broad look at the Island's Mi'kmaw history, from the most ancient archaeological record to today. The surfaces of five wigwam-inspired structures present evocative images and texts. Inside each wigwam is an audio environment which draws visitors into the world of Epekwitk's Mi'kmaw Elders through storytelling. The P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation has loaned three collections of significant Mi'kmaw artifacts to the exhibition -- rare arrowheads and hammer stones; splint baskets; and beaded clothing-including a rare peaked cap.
Developed by the Mi`kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. through extensive research, input from Mi'kmaw Elders, and the guidance of an advisory committee, the exhibition was made possible through financial support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and technical support from Parks Canada. . Ni'n na L'nu was curated by Jesse Francis.

Also extended until February 2 is the exhibition Quotation, which focuses on works of art that quote masterpieces from art history. Selected primarily from the Gallery's permanent collection, with the addition of a few key loans, it features Canadian artists Robert Harris, Lucy Hogg, Leslie Poole, Adah Hannah, Hank Bull and Salmon Harris. The Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery.
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Image Cutline:
Woolnough, Hilda, Delacroix Venus, 1978, mixed media on paper, 67 x 51.5 cm, Courtesy of the Estate of Hilda M. Woolnough.

Media contact:
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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