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The Portrait Gallery of Canada Program Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Canada's First English Settlement in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Cupids, NL, August 11, 2010 - Today, Library and Archives Canada officially launched the Portraits in the Street: Cupids 400 installation in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador. Developed by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, and in collaboration with Cupids 400 Inc., this outdoor portrait installation celebrates the 400th anniversary of Canada's first English settlement.

"We are excited to be part of this significant historic anniversary by bringing the Portraits in the Street installation to Cupids, NL" said Dr. Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "This installation demonstrates Library and Archives Canada's ability to reach Canadians from coast to coast to coast in innovative ways through its Portrait Gallery of Canada program."

Taken from the national portrait collection at Library and Archives Canada, the installation features 18 quality reproductions of works brought together under the theme of new beginnings and first contacts. The portraits tell the story of known individuals such as Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Demasduit, George Cartwright, and Grey Owl, as well as everyday citizens whose lives and actions have shaped this country from the Atlantic to the Pacific over the past four centuries.

"We are pleased to partner with the Portrait Gallery of Canada to host the Cupids 400 Portraits in the Streets installation" noted Roy Dawe, Chair of Cupids 400 Inc. "It is an important and exciting addition to the Cupids experience for residents and visitors and celebrates Newfoundland and Labrador's place in Canada. The theme of new beginnings and first encounters fits perfectly with our celebration of Cupids, Newfoundland as the birthplace of English Canada. Through this exhibit we are proud to recognize other outstanding Canadians and their contributions to our shared history."

Portraits in the Street: Cupids 400 is on display on Seaforest Drive in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador, from June 15 to October 1, 2010. A virtual gallery of the works in the installation is also available on the Library and Archives Canada website. For more information, please visit: www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal/Pages/portrait-portal.aspx?selected=1.

The Government of Canada has allocated $3.5 million annually to the Portrait Gallery of Canada, to give Canadians the opportunity to view their national portrait collection through travelling exhibitions and other public programs across the country.

Portrait Gallery of Canada
The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, engages Canadians in exploring their national portrait heritage. Through the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Canadians discover the known and unknown faces and personalities from all walks of life who have shaped and continue to shape Canada's history, culture, and identity.

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