Work is well underway on the Historic Hillsborough River Commons at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. The City of Charlottetown, Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC), Canadian Heritage, and PEI 2014 Inc. wish to advise the public that a large piece of public art is being installed at the site over the next few weeks.
The art was commissioned by CADC and awarded to two Island Artists, Gerald Beaulieu and Ahmon Katz. The artists have been collaborating on the piece for the past six months.
An official unveiling of the art and the Historic Hillsborough River Commons project will take place on Friday, June 13 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The free event will include live music, an opening ceremony, and a BBQ. The unveiling is being hosted by CADC in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, Canadian Heritage and PEI 2014 Inc. It takes place during the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations – a six-day festival from June 10-15, marking the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference of the Fathers of Confederation. For the full schedule of 1864 Week events, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/1864week.php
For more information on the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, visit: http://cadcpei.com/
About the artists:
Gerald Beaulieu originally comes from Welland, Ontario. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating in 1987. In 1988, he moved to PEI where he now works and lives with his family. He is primarily a sculptor and installation artist, receiving a number of national awards and grants for his work. He has had more than 70 solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the City of Charlottetown and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Ahmon Katz lives with his wife and three children in Gairloch, PEI. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a BFA. He then pursued a Master's degree in industrial Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia. Ahmon has been welding and fabricating metal as well as using wood, ferro concrete and found objects to create sculptures for people and communities for the past twenty years.
About the Historic Hillsborough River Commons Project:
The purpose of this project is to leave a legacy from the 2014 celebration and to help share the pivotal role that PEI played in the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. This project focuses on the entrance sign area that greats people as they enter the city from the Hillsborough Bridge. CADC’s plan is to transform this area into a beautiful park-like setting that people will want to walk to and explore. This project has several components including the new Charlottetown sign, interpretative panels that tell the story of the Charlottetown conference, a new piece of public art, beautiful wrought iron fencing, flag poles, benches, landscaping and paving stone areas.
City of Charlottetown