Arts

Montague's Centennial Art Trail
If you are an artist looking to be a part of Montague's Centennial celebrations, please download the RFP, and submit before January 9th. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Hall! 
RFP 2017 Centennial Art Trail
Birds of a Feather is a large scale sculptural installation that highlights the Town of Montague’s connection to the land and sea, and family. As an iconic symbol of our shore birds, the double crested cormorant makes its living from the land and sea. The configuration of three perching birds is meant to symbolize the strength of family ties in our community, our connection to the sea, and each bird is a representative of the three rivers ecosystem that our community forms.
Gerald Beaulieu was born in Welland, Ontario in 1964. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, completing his fourth year at the New York City Campus and received his diploma upon graduating in 1987. Gerald’s work is well recognized and is displayed publicly on streets and in galleries across Canada. In 1988, he moved to Montague, PEI, where he now works and lives with his family.
Three Rivers Fish is a large, accessible, interactive sculpture. This sculpture is constructed of steel and stucco. The aim of this project is to highlight the importance of marine life to the Three Rivers area. These fish were built on site, on the South side of the Montague Waterfront. The fish are not yet finished, however they are in the curing process, before the final glaze is put on them. 
Ahmon Katz is an award winning, Island sculptor, who calls Belle River, PEI home. After attending Savanah College of Art and Design, Pensacola Junior College, and Eckerd College in the United States, Ahmon moved to Prince Edward Island. His work can be seen all around our beautiful Island. He is the artist responsible for creating the West Royalty Fire Department Fire Hydrant, The Great Blue Herron on Queen St, Charlottetown, and many more.
Unearthing History: 150 Years of Stratification is a large, wall mounted, highly textured, multi-dimensional mural made of hundreds of individual clay pieces puzzled together to form one image. This educational piece is designed to encourage public discussion and interaction. This image brings to life historical events from the past 150 years, as layers of a three dimensional sedimentary rock formation. Each layer represents a decade of history, focusing on Prince Edward Island, and the Town of Montague. Historically significant world events are also included in this display, which is comprised of both words and images inscribed into each clay tile.
Cindy and Darryl Lentz are the owners of Right Off the Batt Pottery, in Borden-Carleton, PEI. They opened their studio in 2008, and have become successful in selling their work all across North America. They have a very strong reputation of producing high quality, functional pottery. Cindy has served more than 22 years in the Canadian Forces. She has completed many commissioned works before, including eighty pieces for the Prince County Hospital Foundation. This is their first large public installment, but they thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
A Summer Long Since Passed celebrates the important history of 567 Main Street, or the current building housing the Eastern Graphic. Since its construction in 1938 the building has been: the former Town Hall, Fire Department, Police Station with an RCMP holding cell, Telephone Switchboard Office, Public Health Office, and the Town Library. Warren has brought this history to life through the installation of murals and interactive Trompe L’Oeil panels. People passing by will be stimulated by the visual impact of this piece, and will be able to learn more about the building’s history and the Town. They will be able to re-imagine the building as it may have appeared during “A Summer Long Since Passed”.
Warren Reeson was born and raised in Plymouth, England. He attended Lonsdale College and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, graduating in 1988. Warren has had his work in exhibitions in England, British Colombia, and Prince Edward Island. On PEI, his art has been displayed in Gallery 17, and the Gallery at the Guild. Some of his mural projects can be seen locally at UPEI’s Robertson Library, as well as the Royalty Center in Charlottetown.
Men of the Sea pays tribute to the men who worked and made a livelihood from the sea. These three murals depict a time when the fishing industry was thriving on the Island, the early twentieth century. The three murals show some of the main events which may have happened in this era: A fisherman’s meeting, tuna fishing, and pulling lobster traps.
Audrey Bunt was born and raised in Ireland, and has lived in Price Edward Island for the past eight years. She is self developed as an artist, using oils and acrylics. Much of her recent work is being done “en plein-air”, or in the open. Her muse is the landscape and sea of the Island where the richness of the colour of the land and the calm blue shores inspires her, to try to capture the essence of this land. In 2012, Audrey opened Artscapes Studio and Gallery operating from her studio in Pembroke. Audrey has been instrumental in the Artisans on Main project for Montague, as she currently sits as the chair of the Artisan Committee. Her work is also featured in The Dunes (Brackley), Details Past and Present, (Charlottetown), Argyle Gallery (Halifax).
SEA SAW Wooden Mosaic is a display of sawmill blades, to convey the importance of the lumber industry in the development of the Town of Montague. Waves and rolling fields are incorporated into the mosaic to show the beautiful landscape Montague is nestled in. The mosaic is composed of donated scrap wood materials from community members in Kings County.
Lenny and Heather Gallant own and operate Birdmouse Eco-Furniture, in Cardigan, PEI. What started as a hobby in building furniture while furnishing their own home, they have now turned into a business, which opened in 2013. Heather is an environmental scientist, who brings this knowledge and wisdom to Birdmouse, where their furniture is made with the natural environment in mind. They have created many unique pieces of furniture, however this will be their first public art project of this kind. They are very excited to be working on this piece!
The Empress is a very popular historical photo for the Town of Montague. The Empress was a three-masted schooner which holds the honor of being the largest ship ever built in Montague that remained in service here. Michael has brought this image to life as a large mural, showing the Empress tied up at the Montague Waterfront, while other schooners are under construction.

Under The Sea is a 24 foot Mural, displaying 16 of the most prominent species of fish living in the waters surrounding PEI. 
A. Michael Shumate was born and raised in PEI. He was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1973 from Brigham Young University, where he majored in graphic design. He has worked as a professor in graphic design at St. Lawrence College in Kingston Ontario for over twenty years. Michael has completed many mural projects throughout the Maritime provinces. He is also a member of Artisans on Main, Montague, where his fine art and folk art are both featured. Michael has recently retired from teaching, and now resides in Cardigan, PEI.
The Visual Map of Canada is designed to give you a feel of what the rest of our beautiful country looks like. With 184 pieces in total, representing every province in Canada, this piece is truly one of a kind. 
The Canadian Student Leadership Conference was held in September 2013. This piece has 184 pieces done by students from all across Canada. This was designed and assembled by Andrew Rowe and many volunteers. 
Thriving Together spotlights family in the traditional way of everyday life here in PEI (or Canada), circa 1920.
Every day the “chores” practiced by families kept them fed, warm, clean and comfortable. Farming was not their hobby; it was survival and most homes, city or country, had a garden of substantial size. Every member of the family participated in order to have food for the winter when food was scarce.
This family is harvesting potatoes; they put enough away to eat during the winter and seed for the next crop; they give some to their neighbours who helped in the planting and harvesting and if there are enough left, they sell a few to the merchant.
Lorraine (Gosbee) Vatcher
There are many people who will stare intently at a painting but just pass by the actual scene without taking a second glance. Artists take the time to see what others do not and translate those sights to canvas. 
From Lorraine: “I want people to really look at my creations, to take that second glance and say, “Why didn’t I see that before?”. Fishers in boats, shorelines, quilts hanging on a clothesline, barnyards, potato fields ... these are the scenes and the ways of life which beckon me”.
Lorraine instructs and has been painting for 13 years.








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