CreativePEI is the sector council representing the arts, culture, and creative industries. It focuses on empowering creative professionals to have successful careers on PEI.
CreativePEI works on behalf of 10 industries on PEI
- Contemporary Art
- Craft & Design
- Film & TV
- Museums & Heritage
- Music & Sound Recording
- Interactive Media
- Writing & Publishing
“There are no creative industries without creative people,” says Mark Sandiford, Executive Director of CreativePEI. “Our goal is to establish the conditions for people in this sector to flourish and contribute to the economy and quality of life on PEI.”
The Artisans on Main Gallery, Montague is a great example of creative people flourishing and contributing to the creative sector on PEI.
The Gallery first opened seven years ago on Main Street and was deemed a huge success. For the past five years it’s been housed out of a beautiful newly renovated two-story facility at 10 Water Street, overlooking the picturesque Montague waterfront.
Forty local artists and artisans showcase their handcrafted items, which include braided & hooked rugs, Celtic mats, fused glass, handmade paper, jewellery, knitting, paintings, photographs, pottery, quilts, silk paintings, soapstone carvings, weaving, woodworking, and more.
The artists and artisans promote and sell their artwork and fine crafts as well, and they volunteer their time in the operation of the Gallery, which allows for interactions with interested buyers.
“The Gallery has been a success story for the local arts community and for the town of Montague,” says Lynn Nimtz, a Mixed Media & Fiber Artist and Chair of the Artisans on Main Gallery. “The town is supportive and recognizes eastern PEI as a destination for artists.
“Last year was an exceptionally good year for sales, probably because of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Montague and the 150th anniversary of Canada. This year, we are on par with last year’s sales.”
Every three weeks, an artist can have an art exhibition on site, which includes an opening reception. Throughout July and August, an artisan demonstrated his or her creative skills for visitors. Artisans are also involved in many community outreach projects.
“Montague High School students had a very successful exhibition of their paintings last year at the Gallery,” says Lynn.
“An opening reception for the students was very well received, and some students sold their artwork.
“We are trying to get the younger generation interested in the Arts and Creative Culture sector so they can understand what a career in the arts is. This year, local visual artists will mentor high school art students, encouraging and supporting their talents.”