ArtCADIE exhibition, premiering in Fort Kent June 29

27 June 2012

EDMUNDSTON, N.B.– The renowned travelling exhibition, ArtCADIE is touring in Acadia of the Lands and Forests in the coming months. This prestigious visual arts exhibition brings together works by thirty-two professional artists and reflects the culture, history and Acadian life through time.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during the archives' regular business hours, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The archives will open its doors on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. for the L'ArtCADIE exhibition.

The world-class art exhibition is sponsored by the Comité Organisateur du Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014, as a pre-Congress event.

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It will be presented in the three regions that constitute the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, host of the 2014 World Acadian Congress, according to the following schedule:

  • From June 29 to August 15 –Acadian Archives Gallery at the University of Maine in Fort Kent
  • From August 24 to September 23 – Church of Saint-Elzear-de-Témiscouata in Québec
  • From October 5 to December 2 – Gallery Colline at the University of Moncton, Edmundston Campus in New-Brunswick

With ArtCADIE, artistic expression takes the environment of the maritime, agricultural, riparian, islands, or urban landscape to tell its “acadienneté”. The artists’ origin is diversified: New-Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince-Edward-Island, Iles-de-la-Madeleine and Gaspésie. Their works were selected after a competition, inviting them to submit a creative painting or sculpture project by the theme “Visions of Acadian Space”. Works of a guest artist from Louisiana and works from the Acadian artist Nérée DeGrâce are also part of the exhibition. Created in 2004 in  commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Acadia’ founding, ArtCADIE is the result of the association between the Acadian Museum in Bonaventure Quebec, the Acadian Festival of Caraquet and the Marine Musuem of Iles –de-le-Madeleine and Celebrations Canada. The exhibition has already been presented in Normandy, Britain, France, and in several places in Canada.

The Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent documents, preserves, celebrates, and disseminates information about the culture, way of life, and history of the Franco-American and Acadian people of the Upper St John River Valley. A repository for manuscript materials and audio-visual documentation relevant to regional folklore, folk-life, and history, the Archives serves the University community as well as individuals and organizations regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

For more information, call 506-737-2014.