Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Craft Council Gallery Shows and Fundraising Supper

On Sunday, Lori and I went to the gallery opening of two new exhibits at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's Gallery, which will run from August 30th to October 4th, 2009.

Breaking Point: Jason Holley's chainmaille inspired sculptural pieces. There are some metal pieces in the show, but the majority are made from raku-fired ceramic links. The twist here is that in each piece there is an intentional flaw - a link or more are broken or missing. It brings a bit of randomness into the repeating patterns in the chainmaille. This is a great opportunity to own one of Jason's award winning designs. If you are in St. John's check it out! You'll find the show in the main gallery on the second floor of Devon House, 59 Duckworth St, St. John's.

400: In the annex gallery, across the hall from Breaking Point, there is a show filled with pieces inspired by 400 years of English settlement at Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador. John Guy landed in Cupids (or Cupers Cove) in 1610. There are some stunning pieces that explore everything from the first European baby being born in Canada to the collapse of the fishery in the form of a massive concrete cod. One of my favourite pieces is Nicola Hawkin's painting of a Beothuk canoe and map interspersed with text extracted from John Guy's journals.

Dogberry Moon 2009: The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a member run non-profit organization dedicated to promoting craft in the province. They were a huge help to me when I was starting Elfshot in the form of advice, marketing opportunities, studio start-up money, travel money, and a network of peers. Lori and I volunteer on several CCNL committees. If you live in Newfoundland and value handmade objects, why not shop local at the Craft Council Shop or the Gallery at Devon House? Or why not attend the Dogberry Moon Fundraising Dinner on October 1st?

Dogberry Moon, 5th Annual Friends of the Craft Council Fundraising Dinner Featuring a delicious dinner by A Taste of Class catering & live music presented by Janet Bradbury and Gerry Madden.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Reception 6:30 pm
Dinner at 7:30

Dinner includes a three course meal with vegetarian option.

Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Rd
Tickets: $60 (tax receipt for $30)
Silent Auction

To purchase tickets for this fabulous dinner, call Candace at 753.2749 or email
More information about becoming a Friend of the Craft Council here.

Photo Credits:
Middle, CBC
Bottom, Extract from CCNL Friends Application

Photo Captions:
Top, Piece from Jason Holley's show, Breaking Point
Middle, Engraving of John Guy meeting the Beothuk people of the New Founde Land
Bottom, Devon House, 59 Duckworth St., St. John's

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