Thursday, January 1 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012; 12 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: UMFK Acadian Archives, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine
Contact: Lise Pelletier; 207-834-7536
L’ArtCADIE, an exhibition of work by artists from across eastern Canada that highlights the 400th anniversary of the founding of Acadia, will be on display at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes from Friday, June 29 through Wednesday, August 15.
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.
A renowned travelling exhibition, L’ArtCADIE is touring in Acadia of the Lands and Forests in the coming months. This prestigious visual arts exhibit brings together works by thirty-two professional artists and reflects the culture, history and Acadian life through time. It will be presented in the three regions that constitute the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, host of the 2014 World Acadian Congress.
With L’ArtCADIE, artistic expression takes the environment of the maritime, agricultural, riparian, islands or urban landscape to tell its acadienneté.
The artists’ origins are diversified: New-Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; the Magdalen Islands; and, Gaspé. Their works were selected following a competition inviting them to submit a creative painting or sculpture project using the theme “Visions of Acadian Space.” Works of a guest artist from Louisiana, and works from the Acadian artist, Nérée DeGrâce, also are part of the exhibit.
Created in 2004 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Acadia’s founding, L’ArtCADIE is the result of the association between the Acadian Museum in Bonaventure Quebec, the Acadian Festival of Caraquet, and the Marine Museum of Iles –de-le-Madeleine and Celebrations Canada.
The exhibition already has been presented in Normandy, Britain, France, and 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.