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Guided Tour of Summer Exhibitions on offer at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

July 25, 2014

Free public tour with Kevin Rice and Pan Wendt to be held August 7 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is offering a public tour through its summer exhibitions the evening of Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Led by gallery director Kevin Rice and curator Pan Wendt, the tour will conclude with a visit to Montreal artist Dean Baldwin's Chalet, a site-specific installation in the form of a rustic cabin bar. Fancy drinks will be available, as well as bread produced as part of Nova Scotia artist Eryn Foster's North Adams Sourdough project.

Both artists are featured in Oh, Canada, the expansive survey of contemporary Canadian art currently showing. Curated by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) curator Denise Markonish, this landmark exhibition is showing all summer at the Centre's gallery along with three partner galleries in Moncton and Sackville, New Brunswick.

Baldwin has been presenting temporary cabin bars as artworks since the 2009 Venice Biennale, where his tiki bar project was a favourite feature of the Canadian Pavilion. His piece at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery responds to the formal and stark architecture of the gallery with a rustic, rambling construction that emerges from underneath a stairwell and extends organically into the gallery space. For more information, and a sample of the work, visit the Centre's new website for this exhibition, at ohcanadaeast.com.

Foster's North Adams Sourdough is the continuation of a community oven project presented as an artwork in the exhibition's first showing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Playfully equating biological ‘culture' with ‘high' culture, the piece has taken on new life in P.E.I. through collaboration with local bakers who are working with sourdough transported from Massachusetts.

Other selections among the more than 45 individual works from the Centre's portion of Oh, Canada include Optic Nerve from Kim Adams -- a full-size car, perforated with holes and backlit in dramatic fashion; the stoic acrylic work, Arctic Landscape Fuelled by Memory by well-known Canadian author and visual artist Douglas Coupland; and an enchanting felt tent and mixed-media creation from Saskatchewan's Amalie Atkins entitled, Three Minute Miracle: Tracking the Wolf.

"This is the 50th anniversary of the gallery, and so we've responded with major summer exhibitions," says Rice. "The Oh, Canada show features so many ambitious projects and is a rewarding tour of contemporary Canadian art, Five Decades demonstrates the breadth and quality of our collection, and This Anne Place engages with an Island icon. This is really a great summer to visit the gallery, and we're proud of what we've achieved."

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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Photo Cutline: Dean Baldwin's Chalet (2014), mixed media installation -- a playful part of the contemporary Canadian art exhibition, Oh, Canada, now showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. A public tour will be available on Thursday August 7 at 7 p.m., which will conclude with a visit to Baldwin's Chalet for fancy drinks (Graham Stewart photo.)

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to The Charlottetown Festival, this living memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage programming, and arts education.