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Gallery reception celebrates 5 new exhibitions

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.)  An Opening Reception for five new exhibitions will take place this Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. 13 Maritime artists featured in the new group-show, Somewheres, will be in attendance and music will be provided by pianist, Brad Fremlin. Two artists exhibiting as part of Cold Pop - Karl MacKeeman of Charlottetown, and Luc Charette - will also be in attendance. All are welcome for this upbeat winter gathering celebrating the opening of Somewheres, Cold Pop, In Transit, Arthur Heming: Chronicler of the North, and Marcel Dzama: Early Drawings.

Somewheres includes works from across the region, demonstrating the emerging talent from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Following several years’ research, including dozens of studio visits, Somewheres highlights the unique conditions of art-making and concerns of artists living on Canada’s East Coast. Six Nova Scotia artists, five from New Brunswick, and two from P.E.I. will present works that focuses on contemporary life in the Maritimes. Island artists featured include Becka Viau and Sandi Hartling.

“It was striking how certain themes came up again and again for young artists in the region,” says curator Pan Wendt. “Tourism, displacement, changing patterns of rural life, communication with larger centres -- I didn’t have to force topics or issues on these artists, they were there in the work.”

Somewheres features projects by young artists who are establishing themselves in the larger art world, such as Moncton’s Mathieu Léger, and Eleanor King from Halifax, who was a Sobey Art Award finalist in 2012. In mediums ranging from wall painting to video installation to sculpture, the artists included in Somewheres showcase the artistic strength of the region. Some lesser-known artists will present their work for the first time in a major public gallery, including Kate Walchuk, Alisa Arsenault, and Rémi Belliveau. Other featured artists include Sophia Bartholomew, Amanda Dawn Christie, William Robinson, Scott Saunders, Aaron Weldon, and D’Arcy Wilson. An accompanying publication for this show will be available later this spring.

Somewheres will be on display until May 18, 2014 and is supported by the RBC Foundation as a feature of its Emerging Artists Program. The exhibition opens this Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. as part of the launch of five new shows in the gallery. A cash bar will available and there is no cost for admission. For more information on the other four shows featured, please visitconfederationcentre.com/artgallery

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