The Spirit of Charlottetown”

Catherine just installed her latest piece – “The Spirit of Charlottetown” – on the back wall of Receiver Coffee in Charlottetown. The piece is a collaboration with glass artist BJ Sandiford; Catherine did the textile work, and BJ the glass. As you can see in the two photos below, the glass is lit up from the back, so the spirit is rather alive.

Photo of the piece OFF

Photo of the piece ON

Nathan Fredrickson made the housing for the piece and Paul Lopes oversaw the installation. Thanks to Chris Francis at Receiver for kindly playing host to the piece, and for his crew for putting up with all the drilling and fussing this afternoon during installation.

My own small role in the install was to set up a WeMo Switch that automatically turns the light on at 7:00 a.m. every morning, and shuts them off at 10:00 p.m. every night. Because the switch allows for remote control over the Internet, one night when I can’t sleep I’ll take myself down the street, phone in hand, and entertain and delight myself by remotely turning it on and off (you can follow along on Twitter).

Catherine has been hard at this for more than a year, as she’s had the opportunity to get into the studio. It’s a masterwork.


Marina Miller's picture
Marina Miller on July 31, 2016 - 13:59 Permalink

This piece is so wonderful. Catherine has a great creative gift. Her pieces always amaze me. I am so proud of her.

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Ton Zijlstra on July 31, 2016 - 19:20 Permalink

Beautiful! Good to see the final result after the partial glimpses shared on FB.

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vbj on July 31, 2016 - 22:49 Permalink

Stunning! Can't wait to see it in person.

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Derrick Biso on August 1, 2016 - 21:30 Permalink

I know where I am going tomorrow morning. :)
Absolutely stunning!

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Johnny on August 4, 2016 - 01:05 Permalink

That might be my favourite piece of art in the world, and makes me dearly wish I were there to grab a coffee and just watch the lights.

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Carol Boyles on August 4, 2016 - 15:12 Permalink

A wonderful piece Can't wait to see it too. Lots of thought and work and musings to make it happen glad it is finished and on to the next.

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Velda on August 5, 2016 - 06:40 Permalink

Wow. It's simply stunning and even more so in real life.

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Oliver B on August 9, 2016 - 20:26 Permalink

That's very nice!

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Elton Boarman on August 24, 2016 - 10:20 Permalink

While visiting Charlottetown you will experience the spirit and pride of our community, the friendliness of our people and our warm hospitality. I promise that your stay with us will be memorable and I hope you enjoy exploring our great city while making a little history of your own. In the spirit of Canadian history, while on vacation in Charlottetown , visit Founders Hall, where you can learn all about Canadian history through amazing multimedia presentations and state of the art displays.