PMG artist Cindy Stelmackowich appears in a new exhibition as part of the giant festival PRAIRIE SCENE taking place across the nation's capital through April and May.

Work by Prairie Artists from the Canada Council Art Bank
A Prairie Snapshot
April 26 to May 8, 2011
National Arts Centre - Foyer
53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

What do a pickle jar, a paper route, a hockey team, a seamstress and a family kitchen have in common? The idealized Canadian experience? The emphasis on home and family? Perhaps, but look further!

The apparent representation of the ideal in the pieces selected for A PRAIRIE SNAPSHOT is compromised by a psychological edge that hints at other realities. For example, the relationship between the woman and child in Richard Hines’s Sliced Apple (2005) suggests a disconnect; and the crucified hockey player watched over by Bambi in Diana Thorneycroft’s Martyrdom at the Rink (2005) is a disturbing picture of a favourite winter pastime.

Artists featured in this installation: Kristin Bjornerud, Victor Cicansky, Wally Dion, Marcel Dzama, Joe Fafard, Neil Farber, Richard Hines, Julie Oh, Joseph Reyes, Cindy Stelmackowich, Diana Thorneycroft.

From April 26 to May 8, 2011, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present Prairie Scene, the fifth in a series of national Scene festivals celebrating and showcasing our country’s finest established and emerging artists.

Prairie Scene will invite more than 500 Saskatchewan and Manitoba artists to take over the nation’s capital. Musicians, actors, choreographers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, writers and master chefs will be bringing their unique talents to audiences in concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants throughout the region – a virtual Prairie invasion!

Prairie Scene will also offer a chance for 70 national and international presenters to discover the best of Prairie culture, creating new performance opportunities for Prairie artists across the country and around the world.

Prairie Scene will present a vast living portrait of the region – combining rural and urban, traditional and contemporary, shaking stereotypes and celebrating new voices. Don’t miss it!

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