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Last Chance to View Four Art Exhibitions at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

January 5, 2015

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - It's last call for three gallery productions that celebrate Confederation Centre of the Arts' unique history and design and one traveling exhibition from the Textile Museum of Canada.

Showing in the concourse cases until January 5, Canada's Pre-eminent Showman: the Artistry of Alan Lund celebrates work of the dancer, choreographer, and director who many credit as the ‘father of the Canadian musical.' Lund first established a performance reputation as a dance team with his wife Blanche, appearing during WWII in the revue Meet the Navy. Later he served as artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival for two decades, helping to bring Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM and many other hits to life. This concourse display is a co-production between the Art Gallery and Dance Collection Danse (DCD), and curated by DCD's Amy Bowring.

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on explores a series of major works of architecture that resulted from the celebration of Canada's centennial in 1967. Confederation Centre's official opening in 1964 was the first of these significant buildings and the complex's model, photographs, and conceptual drawings are included among many other items. All the buildings presented, from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta are important documents of that particular moment in Canadian life and culture. The exhibition is co-curated by Marco Polo and Colin Ripley from Ryerson University and closes on January 11. This work has been supported locally by the Canada Council for the Arts, the estate of Marc Gallant, and the Architects Association of P.E.I.

Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape celebrates the influence of landscape in Canadian textile traditions and contemporary art. Circulated by the Textile Museum, this exhibition embodies significant social histories, regional traditions, and folklore from many far-reaching corners of the nation. Selections include contemporary artists such as Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, and Graeme Patterson as well as work by Island artist Rilla Marshall from the Gallery's permanent collection. Dreamland shows in the Upper East Gallery until January 25.
The sculptural installation in the Entrance Gallery adjacent to Mavor's, The Face Stayed East the Mouth Went West, from Montreal duo, Séripop, has created much curiosity and discussion. Séripop's piece is a rambling, colourful assembly of scaffolding, light-boxes, Styrofoam, and more, and serves as a creative response to the Centre's own maze-like interior and design. This unique exhibition closes on February 1.
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Gallery will be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
-30- Photo cutline: The Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, opened as part of the Canadian Centennial Projects in 1967 is featured within the exhibition, Architecture and National Identity, which concludes its showing in the Art Gallery on January 11 (submitted 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 a national art gallery and 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.