Have you met…Donnalee Downe?

"The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters".

“The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters”.

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Donnalee Downe.

The Mailroom: 59 Love Letters

The Mailroom: 59 Love Letters

Donnalee Downe is a Canadian photographer and visual artist living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

"The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters".

“The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters”.


“I am an artist and educator living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In Sept. 2012, I completed my Masters of Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales where my practice-led research focused on knowledge issues related to arts practice. Through a series of on-line collaborations – and various material configurations of those experiences – I explored the relationship between ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ worlds and the perceived nature of representation in each.

My current work continues to explore virtual and material archives and what we can claim to known based on experiences in each realm. My work speaks to memory, time, and the processes involved in curating archived images and materials. I am interested in what is revealed and what is concealed when artists/archivists and viewers/participants make choices.” DD

"The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters".

“The Mail Room: 59 Love Letters”.

Other material relating to Donnalee Downe.

Artist blog: donnaleedowne.wordpress.com

Digital Collaboration: Donnalee Downe

Mainstreet on the map: Donnalee Downe

In Between Spaces: Donnalee Downe

ruk: Donnalee Downe

Proximity and distance: Becka Viau & Donnalee Downe

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The five to watch.

c5 to watch.

This is a weekly list I’ve decided to do for fun. It is a list of 5 things, persons, events, or places that I think are worth watching…some probably from a safe distance. To make things easier and less contentious the list is alphabetical.

This week’s list is about 5 cool artists whose work has long interested and inspired me. Each of these artists lives or has lived and worked on Prince Edward Island.  All are dynamic creators and contributors, and  leaders in the Island and Canadian art scene. Each has a web presence, and I hope you check out their sites. The descriptions below are from their own descriptions on their websites.

1. Millefiore Clarkes dedicates herself to the craft and community of media arts on Prince Edward Island. Her production company One Thousand Flowers Productions produces a variety of media work such as “pocket-docs” for online dissemination, music videos, experimental video, and feature documentaries. Her passion is to capture on film the moments when human’s reveal themselves and their essential interconnectivity.

2. Donnalee Downe is a visual artist and the project coordinator for Peake Street Studios in Charlottetown. She recently completed her MFA at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales.

3. Sandi Hartling is an emerging visual artist living and working in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Spring 2007.

4. Sarah Saunders Sarah Saunders has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Canadiana Fund, the Province of PEI Art Bank, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Burlington Art Centre. Articles on her work have appeared in the international journal Ceramics Art and Perception as well as in national publications on contemporary art. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the PEI Arts Council, and the Province of PEI. She has a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her formal art education at NSCAD is preceded by an educational background that includes a B.Sc. in biology from Acadia University, studies in dance in Toronto and sculpture and drawing at the American Centre in Paris.

5. Becka Viau is an Artist from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. She received her BFA, 2008 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has worked as a curator, educator and coordinator of arts collectives, and much of her artistic activity engages with questions relating to the institutions, dissemination and social networks of art and culture. Her art practice is grounded in the research of historic and contemporary photographic techniques, theories of the everyday and social research methods. The histories of documentary, portraiture, cultural presentation and anthropological research influence her creative studio process through various explorations of people, place and identity.

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