Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity
Over a ten-year period, I have been inspired to create a series of 14 original watercolour paintings and prose reflections that represent each Floral Emblem of the Provinces and Territories. This body of work includes one piece representing the entire country called "Canadian Unity."
These Flowers, and accompanying prose, speak to the characteristics of their particular Province or Territory: historically, culturally, geographically, and more importantly, in terms of values.
The Flowers of Canada exhibit mirrors the natural beauty of Canada and that which is found in our own hearts. As a collection, the pieces illustrate how the values we possess contribute to the beauty and oneness that is Canada
While each provincial and territorial Flower conveys its own unique character, together they represent the best of Canada. With so much unrest in the world, Canada stands as a shining light, unified by a set of humane and compassionate core values.
The touring of the Flowers of Canada to the capital cities is accomplished in the spirit of celebration of both national unity and the continuing journey of Confederation.
It is my hope that this exhibit will serve to inspire and re-energize Canadians as they reflect on these values we share as the community of Canada.
I want to thank God for the beauty, challenge, and potential of our Canada and for the love and community that strengthen it.
The Flowers of Canada are Dedicated to:
Danielle Curtis for her love, strength, determination, and vision.
To my parents Don and Kathleen Land, for their love, commitment, and strong sense of community.
Special Thanks to:
In gratitude to my husband Grant Curtis, daughter Shannon Curtis, son-in law Malcolm Ferguson, daughter Danielle Curtis, Jeff Litt for your love, support, great patience, and encouragement all these years.
The Flowers of Canada Steering Committee:
Sandra Jeffery, Mel Gallant, Ed MacDonald, Karen Weeks, and Ted Land for their long term commitment, patience, practical support, encouragement, great advice, and willingness to journey with me and the Flowers - even when it looked like we should give up!
My brother Ted Land for his unwavering support, tremendous advice and for challenging me so many ways for many years. Most of all believing this project was possible!
Maureen Land, Keven land, Brain Land and Don Land for their positive support, interest in the Flowers of Canada, and for their great advice.
Elaine Richardson from the onset in 2001 - for her gentle strength, great advice and believing that this project was important.
Michele Dorsey, Sandra, and Mel Gallant for many years of kind and practical support, gentle encouragement, advise and optimism.
Provincial Credit Union for paying my flights and accommodation for the Ottawa exhibit.
Groovy Linen in Ottawa for kindly donating the use of the table draping for the exhibit.
Laura Wadell for her wonderful and efficient assistance in preparation for the Ottawa exhibit.
Our Ottawa Friends who helped with all aspects of the Ottawa exhibit, logistics, preparation, setup and Exhibit for 4 days in Ottawa.
For their kindness,hospitality, and wonderful sense of community: Pat Malikail, Christine Power, Brad Gilmour, Dan Gilmour, Yolande and Andy Domen.
Lisa Rossiter for her wonderful support,great assistance and optimism Arlene MacLeod for prayer and positive support
- Mr Frank Lewis (see endorsement)
- Kevin Lewis
- Cindy Cheverie
- Jacinta Gallant
- Paul Jenkins
- Mayor Clifford Lee
- Mayor Jim Watson ( Ottawa ) (see endorsement)
- Raymond Carriere Communities In Bloom Founder and President (see endorsement)
- Cate Proctor
- Premier Wade MacLauchlan
- Kathleen Casey MLA (see endorsement)
- Sean Casey MP
- Senator Dianne Griffin
- Carolyn Bertram (see endorsement)
- Mr Charles MacKay Clerk: Legislative Assembly of PEI
- Marian Johnston Clerk Assistant PEI LA
- Heather and Shaun MacIsaac
- Art Gallery Director Kevin Rice and CEO Jessie Inman of the Confederation Centre of the Arts
- Innovation P.E.I
What this "Canadian Unity" Painting Means to Me
Represents the Community of Canada and our Canadian Unity
The Maple branch has sweet grass growing from it representing Canada"s First Nations and the importance of their history, culture and traditions.
Along the Maple branch are 13 knots with buds. These knots represent the challenge of growth for both Canada and the provinces and territories ( as this is the hardest part of the Maple).
Represent the "potential of the Provinces and Territories joining in Sir John A MacDonald's wonderful idea of Confederation".
Emerging from the Buds are the Flowers of Canada. In the North, South, East, West positions on the circle are 4 white Flowers from those regions in Canada.
North -Mountain Avens, NWT
South- Trillium, Ont.
West- Dogwood, BC
East - Mayflower, NS.
Growing at the base of the circle is a very large Maple Leaf. It's a young, unfurling, Spring Maple - full of potential, full of life. There is a softness here, an openness to possibilities. This represents our country - who we are and what we value as the Community of Canada.
A Message from P.E.I Premier Wade
A project that has been ten years in the making, "The Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity" by Charlottetown-based artist Mary Margaret Land consists of fourteen paintings that depict the provincial and territorial flowers, as well as a combined painting entitled "Canadian Unity."
For each province, Mary Margaret also chose a quality that reflects each province, as well as Canada. For Prince Edward Island's Lady's Slipper, the artist chose the quality "Connectedness".
The accompanying prose for the painting of the Lady's Slipper reads:
"This wonderful and rare orchid grows on an Island made of sandstone, and its roots run deep. Prince Edward Island’s strength comes from its people and their deep connection to one another and to their Island. It’s this very sense of connectedness that led to the first meeting of the Fathers of Confederation to discuss the formation of Canada.The Lady’s Slipper reminds us of the importance of relationships, and that a good relationship is the starting point for something great."
A Message from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
As Mayor of the City of Ottawa, it was indeed a distinct pleasure for me to be part of the official opening of the Flowers of Canada, A Celebration of Canadian Unity, cross-country touring exhibit in Canada’s capital on June 27th 2017.
This marvellous art exhibition of amazing watercolour paintings featuring the official floral emblems of Canada’s provinces and territories by Canadian artist Mary Margaret Land is a fitting tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Mary’s exquisite artwork captures the essence of the natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes of Canada’s diverse regions, and the accompanying prose serves as an inspirational ode to Canadian unity.
City of Ottawa
Photos of the Flowers of Canada Exhibit
About the Artist
Mary Margaret has been a PEI artist for nearly 30 years. As a painter, writer and art educator, she works to empower Canadians to believe in their own giftedness, the gifts of their country and the gift of their own potential to make a positive difference in the world.
Flowers of Canada Card Collection
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Flowers of Canada Collection: $80.00
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