Opening reception Saturday to celebrate five new exhibitions

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Confederation Centre Art Gallery exhibitions include 'Somewheres,' featuring 13 Maritime artists

CHARLOTTETOWN - An opening reception for five new exhibitions will take place this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Thirteen Maritime artists featured in the new group-show, "Somewheres," will be in attendance and music will be provided by pianist, Brad Fremlin.

Hay bales on the Confederation Centre plaza from the living sculpture installation, "Monument" (2014) by Island artist, Becka Viau. The work is part of the new exhibition "Somewheres," launching alongside four other new shows this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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 focus 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 and is supported by the RBC Foundation as a feature of its Emerging Artists Program.

The exhibition opening this Saturday offers free admission.

For more information on any of the five shows featured, visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery.

Organizations: RBC Foundation

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Canada East Coast Moncton

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