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Let’s Talk About Cycling

The City of Charlottetown will set up the third “Let’s Talk About Cycling” pop-up during Park( [ ... ]

Tour of historic churches

A tour of Historic Churches of the South Shore takes place August 25 from 12–3:30 pm organized by  [ ... ]

John McCallum’s depiction of Island historical event

John McCallum (photo: Buzz)Artist John McCallum likes to work in the large scale, and his mural-sized paintings have become part of the PEI visual landscape. One notable work is the painting commissioned to commemorate the Juno beach landing of June 5, 1944 which hangs in the foyer of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown.

John is drawn to significant historic events for his large works. At the Confederation Centre of the Arts he created a painting about the Quebec Conference of 1864. This work was based on the painting by Robert Harris which was destroyed by fire in the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa. John’s painting was based on a surviving Harris’ sketch.

Another painting depicted the ceremony of driving of the last spike for Canada’s first transcontinental, in 1885.

Now visitors to the entrance hallway of The Holman Grand Hotel in Charlottetown can view John’s portrait of all twenty-three of the original Fathers of Confederation as they might have posed at the Charlottetown Conference of 1864—Prince Edward Island’s historical claim to fame in the story of Canadian confederation—as imagined by John.

Each Father is a faithful portrait and John has arranged them in order of importance to the occasion with John A. MacDonald, Darcy McGee and George-Étienne Cartier in prominent positions.

The painting shows three large windows through which can be seen Charlottetown Harbour and Rocky Point across the way.

The 10-foot by 15-foot painting is on permanent load to The Holman Grand, and John expresses his gratitude to hotel manager John Cudmore, and to the Homburg organization for saying a resounding Yes! to his offer of displaying his work in their space. Take a look.

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Some Upcoming Events

Up in Smoke

Productions in Summerside and Charlottetown for Feast 40th Tuesday–Saturday
Rodd Charlottetown
Brot [ ... ]

Lennie Gallant CD

New album to be released at Indian River August 31
Historic St Mary's Lennie Gallant will release h [ ... ]

Ireland meets Scotland

Tuesdays to August 28 at Beaconsfield Historic House
Fridays to August 31 at Orwell Corner Historic V [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Going pro

Profile: Brielle Ansems by Jane Ledwell When Brielle Ansems plays the role of Josie Hogan in A Moo [ ... ]

Richard Vickerson art

by Richard Vickerson The windows of my studio open onto a few old maple trees. They were once part  [ ... ]

Law Foundation funding

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island announced its grant funding for 2018 recently. Among the  [ ... ]