Meet PEI's Tiniest (and super cute) Art Gallery

August 17, 2022
Meet PEI's Tiniest (and super cute) Art Gallery

Island artists with big imaginations now have a tiny gallery to display their artwork on Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.

Along the sidewalk between Felling and Edward streets sits a tiny art gallery, which had its tiny grand opening six weeks ago. Since opening, the Fitzroy Street Tiny Art Gallery has hosted three professionally curated exhibits featuring work by artists Renee Laprise, John Fox and Jill McRae.

Modelled after the success of tiny libraries, art galleries of tiny proportions have been popping up across North America.

Monica Lacey launched the project, which received $2,500 in support from the city’s micro grant program. Monica, who has worked professionally as a visual artist for the last decade, had to scale down her past experience in producing and curating art exhibits.

“The first two artists I featured, I knew they were working with smaller versions of large pieces, or working with prints of their work,” she said. “I knew they could scale down.

The most recent exhibit (pictured above) was produced by artist Jill MacRae who specializes in cut paper work. Jill’s exhibit featured replica instruments used by Charlottetown folk-rock band Racoon Bandit.

“It was basically a Racoon Bandit rehearsal space,” Monica said.

The art gallery remains locked while a curated exhibit is on display, but right before exhibits are changed, the lock is removed and Monica announces on the gallery’s Instagram profile that the art is available to take.

One more curated exhibit, by artist Betty-Jo McCarville, will go on display today and will run until early September. After that, the art gallery will be unlocked and the public will be invited to put their own works of art on display.

“Take some art, leave some art," she said. "Hopefully it will evolve organically.”

The gallery will remain in place until the worst part of winter hits, at which time it’ll be put into storage until the spring.

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