Charlottetown transformed into open art gallery

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Published on August 23, 2014

Youngster Jacob Stokes paints a car at Josh Zapf's "car wash" display during the 2014 Art in the Open festival. Many took the opportunity to park their car and transform it into a temporary travelling canvas.

Published on August 23, 2014

Spectators take a glimpse of Gerald Beaulieu's "Back to the Future" sculpture at Victoria Park. "The sculpture depicts a significant historical object as a symbol of potential fading from memory."

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Barb MacDonald of the P.E.I. Potters Studio Co-op next to the group's "Bats for Bats" display.

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Chris Ruprecht's 12-foot sculpture of Optimus Prime was a popular piece with youngsters during the Art in the Open festival.

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Performer Andrew MacKenzie during the 2014 Art in the Open festival in Charlottetown.

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Brooke Foster, left, Gordie Foster and Forest Zapf paint Foster's car during the 2014 Art in the Open Festival Saturday.

Published on August 23, 2014

Artist Mark Igloliorte was inviting spectators to get a mini painting of their dog in front of a "komatik" dog sled and Victoria Park. Igloliorte initially made the picture on an 8x10, before shrinking them with heat to 3x4. The project is meant to create a tangible connected between Inuit culture and the beloved role of dogs in southern Canadian culture. 

From painted cars and marching crows to a giant replica of Optimus Prime and performance art, Charlottetown has been transformed into a giant open air gallery.

The Art in The Open festival is being held throughout downtown Charlottetown until midnight tonight.

Residents and tourists can view works of art at multiple locations, with the festival’s focal points being at The Confederation Centre of The Arts, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, Connaught Square and Victoria Park.

This is the fourth year for the festival, which includes dozens of art projects.

Organizations: The Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Victoria Park

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