There’s a lot of Arthole to love, but my deepest love is reserved for the piece by Donnalee Downe titled The Mailroom: 59 Love Letters.

It really is 59 letters, 59 from-real-life-written-to-Donnalee love letters, each hanging, carefully catalogued and labelled, from a taut wire running along one wall of the gallery. We patrons are invited to become a part of the art by reading, editing and/or shredding any of the letters.

As Arthole is mounted in the basement gallery of The Guild, mere steps from the Reinventorium, I resolved to spend a little time each day reading a few of the letters. I made it through 5 minutes before I had to suspend the plan: the letters were just too difficult to read, too self-involved-20-year-old-angsty, too I-ache-to-see-your-breathy, too much a reminder of my own love letters from back in the day.

Which left me seeking another way of engaging with the piece.

So this morning Oliver and I hauled my little Doxie scanner down from the office to the basement, scanned the letters and envelopes from August 1982, came back upstairs and made a book. It’s called 0882 and it’s a different kind of slicing and dicing of the raw material. It was really fun to make.

0882 Book in Thumbnails

I printed off three copies at Staples this afternoon – their 39¢ colour copies did a nice job of this, and the cerlox-binding-machine at Robertson Library did the rest – and left the books in the “edit bin” downstairs in the gallery. Where, I suppose, they are now a part of the piece too.


Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton

Pan Wendt, Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, tumbled into me at Youngfolk & The Kettle Black the other day and introduced me to Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, current Artists-in-Residence at the gallery.

Eric and Mia are presenting an Art Talk tonight in the gallery. The official announcement of their talk describes their work as follows:

Their work involves public engagement, and the pair will be a regular sight in downtown Charlottetown as they interact with residents and visitors as part of their project to collect vegetation from the capital city’s nooks and crannies and turn it into edible-art in the form of popsicles. Yes, popsicles!

Popsicles aside, this doesn’t jump off the screen as a “summertime must-see,” so I want to encourage you all to come to their talk anyway, as I found Mia and Eric, in the few minutes I met them over coffee, far more interesting than their PR would suggest.

Tonight (August 8, 2013) at 7:00 p.m. at Confederation Centre Art Gallery.


In addition to a non-stop supply of Anne & Gilbert, we are blessed here in the Reinventorium with an art gallery two floors down, in the basement of The Guild. Honestly, I don’t know how those of you without an art gallery in your office manage: every two or three weeks we get a new helping of fresh art on the way to and from work, and it’s a great place to escape for an afternoon moment when things get too hectic.

The show opening today, Arthole, is particular delicious:curated by the inimitable Dave Stewart, the exhibition brings together a motley collection of art by local artists; Dave’s marching orders were “challenge yourself, challenge the viewer, represent yourself as an artist.”

Arthole: Credits

Where many group shows fail to achieve anything more than a science-fair-like discontinuity, somehow this show, despite featuring a broad range of artists working in a broad range of media, hangs together and becomes something. It’s one of the best shows to hang in The Guild in a long while, and I suggest you make a point of seeing it. I snuck down this morning while the building was still empty and stole a couple of snaps to give you a taste (work by Dave Stewart, Don Moses and Donalee Downe, from top to bottom):

Arthole: D.A. Stewart

Arthole: Don Moses

Arthole: Donalee Downe

Arthole opens tonight, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and runs until the end of August.

Catherine on CBC Mainstreet

Catherine spoke to CBC’s Karen Mair about her show in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery; listen:

(Embedded audio widget courtesy of A Better Embedder, which is really quite wonderful).