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35th Annual Symposium & Annual General Meeting

“Hat’s off” to Martha Deacon, Harriet Meacher, Linda Berko and Paula Kenny for organizing such a wonderful 35th Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Symposium, celebrating Canada’s 150th year!

Above is a photo of our distinguished Symposium participants posing as the Fathers of Confederation in front of Government House, known as Fanningbank in Charlottetown PEI.

We Would Also Like To Thank Our Presenters


Linda Berko is Curator of Collections and Conservator at the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation. With a background in art history and objects conservation, she joined the PEI Museum to establish a Conservation Services Division offering treatment and public education, before taking on her current role focusing on the development and preservation of the Museum’s historic artifact collection. Canadian contemporary ceramics hold a particular interest for her.

Joan Cumming is a retired educator who has immersed herself in the history of her adopted home. After developing the public history programs of the Capital Commission of PEI, she continues to research and deliver tours.

Leanne Gaudet completed her MA in Art History in 2015, Since then she has worked at Library and Archives Canada and as a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Canada.

‘Hey Cuzzins’ is a Mi’kmaq drumming group from the Lennox Island First Nation led by Gilbert Sark. The group has performed since 1992 at events throughout the region.

Paula Kenny joined the PEI Museum in 2003 and received her post-graduate Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from UVic. She retired as Site Director of Eptek Centre earlier this year after curating for dozens of exhibitions mainly focused on local art and fine craft. Her personal interests lie in textile arts and architectural preservation.

Edward MacDonald, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, specializing in the social and cultural history of his native province.  Ed has been on the Editorial Board of The Island Magazine, since 1984 and spent 12 years as its editor. He is a prolific author. His most recent book, co-edited with Joshua MacFadyen and Irene Novaczek is Time and Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, published in 2016.  Prior to joining the faculty of UPEI, Ed was the Curator of History and Collections at the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Reg Porter is a specialist on Island Heritage, but his early education focused on classical studies at Mount Allison University and the American School of Classical Studies (Athens). Following an additional degree in education, he taught secondary school and was on the faculty of Mt. Allison University, later teaching art history at the University of PEI.  After a time as Curator of Exhibits and Public Programs at the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Reg worked as a Heritage Consultant focused on museum planning, archaeological surveys and historic building restoration. He continues to lecture, research, and write on Island architectural heritage, most recently authoring, Government House and the Fanningbank Estate: a Guidebook, and a publication documenting his new research about the stained glass windows of Trinity United Church.

Kevin Rice is the Executive Director of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. He moved into this position in 2009 after more than 20 years with the institution including duties as Registrar of the extensive collection of art and artefacts.

Nora Richard is an Aboriginal artisan who has been making traditional baskets for several years. Her baskets have been presented to  British royalty.

Maurice Roy is an avid collector of historic Island furniture with a particular interest in early Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultural material. Recently retired from Parks Canada, he has a keen interest in early architecture and has been restoring early Island homes for a number of years. He played a significant role in the restoration at the Farmer’s Bank, and the Doucet House, an important example of early Acadian vernacular architecture.

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The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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