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Art Gallery celebrates new exhibitions with reception and ArtTalk

February 13, 2013

New shows from Catherine Miller and Dan Steeves to officially open February 24 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - This Sunday, February 24, the Gallery will host an opening reception and ArtTalk for three new exhibitions: Dan Steeves: The Memory of Pain; Catherine Miller: Changing Environs; and Built from Colour, an exhibition from the Gallery's permanent collection. At 2 p.m., Tom Smart, guest curator for The Memory of Pain, will deliver a 45 minute talk on the exhibition, followed by a question and answer segment. A reception for all three shows will take place immediately after at 3 p.m.

"All are welcome to attend the launch for these three dynamic exhibitions," says Kevin Rice, art gallery director. "This afternoon gathering promises to be informative and social and a great opportunity to meet artists Catherine Miller of Charlottetown and Dan Steeves of Sackville, New Brunswick who will both be in attendance."

Smart is an accomplished art historian who has served in key roles at several major art institutions including, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and New Brunswick's Beaverbrook Art Gallery. In Dan Steeves: The Memory of Pain the titular artist presents 23 black and white etchings that address both an intense medical trauma that afflicted the artist's own family and also the site of horrific events which took place during the Second World War. The iconography varies between depictions of the artist's Maritime home and others drawn from a recent trip to the ruins of the Mauthausen work camp, which served as a Jewish concentration camp.

Catherine Miller: Changing Environs addresses the artist's interest and research in land use issues on P.E.I. Miller uses highly-developed textile-working skills to resolve her contemporary approach to sculpture and installation projects that explore the often-conflicting ideas of land use and environmental protection. This exhibition, part of the Gallery's Emerging Artists Series, is curated by Rice and presented with the support of the RBC Foundation.

Built from Colour, curated by Rice and Pan Wendt, gallery curator, includes works from the Gallery's permanent collection that expand the usual notion of the picture into shaped canvases, 3-dimensional constructed paintings, and wild and saturated colours. "This exhibition will give a strong sense of how playful and imaginative abstract painters can be," says Rice."It will light up the walls with tons of colour at a time of year when some colour is always appreciated."

A new print publication for Dan Steeves: The Memory of Pain will also be unveiled and available for purchase at the Gallery. Refreshments will also be on offer. For further information, please contact the Gallery by email at or at (902) 628- 6111.

Photo Cutline: Dan Steeves, The memory of pain, 2012, etching on paper, 45 cm x 60.5 cm (image), courtesy of the artist