Title: Fort Amherst, PEI Artist: Earla Buell Image Size: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2” Description: Color glossy photographic print. Double matted. Signed by the artist and titled in ink on the matte. Also, signed by the artist in gold metallic marker on the print.
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Originally established by the French in 1720, Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758, it became the site of a major deportation of French and Acadian settlers. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and French - one of only two locations in North America where this was celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting. The fort’s grassy ruins are still visible. The grounds also offer views of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour. Source: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/pe/skmaqn
Earla Charlene Buell (1948-2016) was a leather-worker, photographer, designer, painter, and professional picture framer. For a time, she operated a picture-framing shop in Charlottetown called Picture It Yours. Earla often signed her artwork using only her initials, ECB. She traveled widely, including trips to all parts of Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Earla died in Charlottetown.