Title: Sunflowers, Trees and Waves by Elaine Harrison Description: Program for an art exhibition by PEI artist Elaine Harrison. The show took place at the Eptek Centre in Summerside, PEI, from April 26 - May 21, 1978. The program features a reproduction of a Harrison block print design on the front panel. The interior pages include a printed message from Harrison dated 23.3.78. In addition, there is a list of the Harrison works included in the exhibition and sale. The back panel of the program includes a quote from Picasso, and a quote from Crowfoot of the Blackfoot Indians. The program when folded measures 9 1/2 x 6 1/4".
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Elaine Harrison (1915-2003) spent most of her working life as a teacher in Summerside. Although she was with the PEI Art Society in the 1950s, it wasn’t until her retirement from teaching in 1968 that she devoted most of her time to writing, and painting. She was inspired by the work of the Group of Seven and iconic artists such as Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Over time, Harrison’s painting style evolved. In later years, she rarely used brushes, preferring to apply paint with a pallet knife. Harrison's works are vigorous, direct, colourful, abstracted impressions of her favourite subjects: the red cliffs and shorelines near her summer home in Fernwood; the stands of hardwood trees near her home in Bedeque, PEI; Island harbours; and her many cats. A retrospective exhibition entitled, Elaine Harrison: I Am an Island That Dreams, was held in the Art Gallery of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown in 2011/12.