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Expansive U.S. Survey of Canadian Art, ‘Oh, Canada,’ set to open June 28

June 23, 2014

Gala Opening to launch summer exhibitions at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Oh, Canada, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) exhibition of ‘Art from North, North America,' is set to be unveiled at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery later this month, marking the landmark exhibition's first showing in this country.

An opening gala for Oh, Canada will take place at the +Art Gallery on Saturday June 28 at 7 p.m. with numerous participating artists in attendance. This will also mark the official opening of two other summer exhibitions, ‘This Anne Place: Anne of Green Gables as an Idea, Book, and Musical,' and Five Decades: A Canadian Art Collection. All are welcome for this free, celebratory soiree, which is traditionally a full house, with a live band, and a cash bar.

Acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "a revelation," Oh, Canada surveys the diverse range of contemporary visual art being made here. The exhibition, which includes more than 100 works from over 60 Canadian artists, will show in a rare, collaborative, multi-venue format, from June 26 through September 21, 2014 at the Centre's Art Gallery in Charlottetown; the Owens Gallery at Mount Allison University, Sackville; the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery at Université de Moncton; and Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton.

A deep interest in landscape, identity, and a return to craftsmanship are prevalent themes among those works included. The participating artists span several generations, numerous visual art media, and all regions of Canada. This ambitious curatorial endeavour was executed by MASS MoCA curator, Denise Markonish, who travelled to nearly every province and territory to research and make selections. For more information, and a sample of the art work, visit the Centre's new website for this exhibition, at ohcanadaeast.com

"We are really looking forward to presenting such a timely survey of contemporary Canadian visual art." says Gallery director, Kevin Rice. "Visitors will have the opportunity to compare Oh, Canada with significant historical, modern, and contemporary works from the Gallery's own collection, featured this summer in Five Decades."

The three New Brunswick galleries will open their portions of Oh, Canada with a gallery crawl on Thursday June 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery, followed by the Owens Art Gallery at 8 p.m., and the Galerie Sans Nom at 9:30 p.m. The multi-venue presentation of this large exhibition allows visitors the unique experience of attending several galleries to view one unified exhibition.

Appreciation is extended to TD Bank Group, who worked closely with MASS MoCA in sponsoring this major show. Gratitude is also extended to the Canada Council for the Arts; and P.E.I. 2014 Inc, a major funding partner for Confederation Centre's portion of Oh, Canada.

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Image cutline: Amali Atkins, Three Minute Miracle: Tracking the Wolf, (2008, felt tent, mixed media, video; 13 mins) is one of several dozen works to be featured in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery's portion of the U.S. survey of Canadian art, Oh, Canada. The landmark exhibition is being co-presented among four Maritime galleries, and opens at the Centre this Saturday June 28, 2014.