Friday, June 27, 2014

Focus on...The Ark Cafe

Just this week I was contacted by the new owner of The Ark Cafe & Craft Shop at Noah's Motel and Resort on the Point in Glovertown and asked if I would like to partner with them and have my artwork, art reproductions and gift items at their establishment.

The grand opening of The Ark Cafe & Craft Shop is Saturday, June 28th. There will be free Hotdogs, Cookies, Cake, and Tea/Coffee, Iced Tea/Lemonade. And art and gift items of course!

To find out more about the accommodations at Noah's Motel or to find out more about The Ark Cafe, check out their new website:

"Bidin' My Time"
Framed Art Reproduction Available at The Ark Cafe

Focus on....By the Bay Craft Shop & Museum

By the Bay Craft Shop & Museum is located in Lewisporte and is one of my new venues!

From the Lewisporte website:

"By the Bay Museum is located on 235 Main Street Lewisporte beside the beautiful Notre Dame Bay. Originally constructed as a school house in 1945, the building has been a central part of the community throughout the years.

Today, By the Bay Museum is home to hundreds of local artifacts and stories of years gone by. The museum aims to tell the story of Lewisporte and surrounding area through the stories and experiences of those who have lived here.

The most unique item, 28 foot hooked rug depicting the first 100 years of the town from 1876-1976, is a great representation of the town. Much of the heritage shown in this beautiful rug is present throughout the museum. World War I and World War II, The Female Role, Fishing and Farming, Logging and Sawmills, etc. have been central in making Lewisporte what it is today.

Well stocked with beautiful jewelry, preserves, homemade crafts, art, souvenirs, quilts and much more, the By the Bay Museum and Craft Shop will not disappoint!"

While in Central Newfoundland, make sure you stop into this historic town and visit the By the Bay Craft Shop and Museum.

"Floating Majesty"
Art Reproductions Available at By the Bay

"Keeping Watch"
Art Reproductions Available at By the Bay

"Mom's Favourites - Coaster Set"
Available at By the Bay

Focus on....Water Street Gallery

The Water Street Gallery is newly re-named and owned by the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Gallery is located at 309 Water Street in St. John's on the second floor of the Heritage Shop.

The Gallery just opened its summer exhibition titled "Your St. John's, Our Story" and I am fortunate enough to have had 3 pieces accepted for this show. The show will remain open Tuesdays – Saturdays until August 29th.

From the Historical Sites Association website:

"The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization with a mandate to present the province’s history and heritage.
Support for the many projects of the HSA is provided by revenue generated from sales at the Heritage Shops. This retail operation also supports our mandate by presenting the Province’s culture thorough a wide variety of local art, craft, gifts, and books."

For more information about Historic Sites Association and the Water Street Gallery, you can visit their website:

"Colourful St. John's"
Tryptic - Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
Available at the Water Street Gallery

Focus on...The Picture Frame

The Picture Frame in Gander has been carrying my original artworks and art reproductions for 3 years now.

This shop is your one-stop shop for local artwork, art reproductions and all of your framing needs.

It is located at 81 Elizabeth Drive in the Town Square. They have now added a new larger gallery to present and offer original art and artist instalments.

When you are in Central Newfoundland, drop in a take a look. You won't be disappointed.

Art Reproduction available at The Picture Frame

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Focus on...Xpression Hair Studio

I'm expanding into a different format....I am now going to be showcasing some of my framed art reproductions at Xpression Hair Studio in the Fall River Plaza (between Wendy's and Pipers) at 276 Torbay Road in St. John's.

Drop by and take a look and have a chat with Maggie and Rex and the rest of the gang!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Focus on....Ocean View Gallery

Ocean View Gallery in Carbonear is owned by Tammy Wrice and her dream was to open a Gallery and Studio in her hometown. I am very pleased that she has achieved that goal and that I can be a part of the dream. Again, I'm thrilled to be able to showcase my art in my Mom's hometown.

From the Ocean View website:

"Feast your eyes on some of the most inspiring art collections you’ll find anywhere. Our community's gallery represents local Newfoundland artists in just about every genre imaginable. Most of our artists even welcome you scheduling some one-on-one time with them for an intimate look into their creative process. Each artists brings with them a unique style and a unique perspective of what inspires them. Our beloved Newfoundland has so much to offer and there are so many ways to capture its beauty. Please come and visit to take witness to these many wonderful styles and creations."

Drop in to visit Tammy at her Gallery - 126 Valley Road in Carbonear (just a minute past the school). You won't be disappointed.

For more information on Ocean View Gallery and the artists represented by Tammy, visit their website:

"Mom's Favourites"
Acrylic on Canvas
Original Available at Ocean View

"Gros Morne Treasures"
Acrylic on Canvas
Original Available at Ocean View

Focus on...House of Diamonds Art Gallery

I've been with the House of Diamonds Art Gallery (HODA) now for 3 seasons. I have always done well with my original artwork here at this Gallery and this year I've also brought out some art reproductions and gift items (matted art reproductions, art coasters, and note cards).

A little about the history of HODA, from their website:

"The Facility exists to promote the area’s artists and artisans, to establish an artists cooperative, to invite members into it from around the province. It is hoped that by the year 2013 it may be a fully functional gallery, retail shop and art studios with the ability to promote and sell Nfld. and Lab. art nationally and internationally.

On a municipal level the facility operates as a public venue for artists and artisans, with studios and meeting rooms. As well as painting, drawing and photography, it is hoped that fabric art, rug and mat hooking, pottery, Glass mosaics, sculpture, woodcraft arts and other more broadly defined activities will develop. It is hoped this will increase the public use of the facility.

The first is the gallery. The Gallery consists of rooms on the ground level and upper story. It exhibits art from local, regional and provincial artists. It also displays student art from the annual Glovertown Academy "May is Art Month" exhibition. Not all work is for sale, and where art work is sold it is done on a consignment basis.

The second component is the studio. This is the renovated warehouse on the old Diamond property and is currently dedicated to painting, and photography as well as providing the Grinnin' and Pickin' group (local musicians who get together as members of GAAC) with a place to hold jam sessions. In the further there are plans to develop the basement and construct an outer building which would house among other things a Photographic dark room and Pottery Kilns.

The third component is the retail section. Here, the products of local artists and artisans are for sale. This section also contains the administrative office."

The House of Diamonds is located at the center of Glovertown, in the heart of beautiful Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.

For more information on HODA, please visit their website:

"Icicle Shadows"
Acrylic on Canvas
Original Available at HODA

Purple Dreams
Acrylic on Canvas
Original Available at HODA

Focus on Five Island Art Gallery

I've had work at Five Island Art Gallery for 4 seasons now. More about the Gallery and it's history below from their website.

"Set in the scenic community of Tors Cove, just 45 minutes from St. John's, Five Island Art Gallery is but an extension of what the area has to offer in terms of creativity, culture and warmth. It is based in a restored two room schoolhouse that provides the perfect venue for the display of original local Newfoundland and Labrador art.

The rooms are spacious with ten foot ceilings and a minimal amount of furniture, giving the patron lots of room to view the unique artwork. The ambience of the old schoolhouse is still retained as the original chaulkboards, hardwood floors, architecture and 238 window panes in the front facade will attest to. It remains the only one of its kind still standing on the Irish Loop.

While Newfoundland and Labrador has attracted many artists from mainland Canada, the United States and Europe, provincial artists have often made their own mark on the international art scene. Many well known names have produced bodies of work that hang on corporate, commercial and private walls all over the world. But it is the oceanic sized art scene in this province that forms the raison d’ĂȘtre for this new gallery."

This time of year is a very good time to go visit Five Island Gallery as there are many icebergs, whales and even capelin rolling onto the beaches, to see. Tors Cove is a 45-minute drive from St. John's and is located on the Irish Loop. You will pass through the communities of Kilbride, the Goulds, Bay Bulls, Witless Bay and Mobile. When you reach Tors Cove, watch for Cove Road on your left. Turn here and just seconds away is Five Island Art Gallery.

For more information, you can visit their website:

"Cape Spear Lighthouse"
Acrylic on Canvas
Available at Five Island

Acrylic on Canvas
Available at Five Island

Acrylic on Canvas
Available at Five Island

Focus on.....DozenODD Galleries

DozenODD Galleries - A Fine Handcraft Marketplace

DozenODD is an artisan co-op which opened it's doors for business May 2014. Just a sampling of what you can discover at DozenODD, other than artwork of course, all handmade:

  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Knitted Wares
  • Candles
  • Hooked Rugs
  • and More
They are located in the historic waterfront of Carbonear, 195 Water Street in the Sheppard Avery Building. I am pleased to be a part of this venture as my Mom is from Carbonear!

Check out their FaceBook page:

"Always Remember"
Art Reproduction
"War and Peace" Exhibition

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Focus on....Dock Marina Gallery & Craft Shop

This year, I decided to expand the locations where my original artwork, art reproductions, original photography, and gift items were displayed an offered for sale. I contacted Dock Marina Gallery & Craft Shop and they welcomed me right away!

From their website:

"Welcome to the Dock Marina Restaurant and Gallery, a restored historic fishing premises. The fish trade began on this site at the turn of the 18th century. Joseph White, a Quaker from Poole, England, operated a fish business here in the early 1700's. It had been a going concern from the days of the original owners, up until 1953 when the firm Morris and Company closed it’s doors after 100 years in operation. Business on this site was the longest continually operated in the history of Trinity. The building was then unoccupied for 40 years. During that time it had deteriorated to the point where it was ready to collapse into the water.In 1992, Art and Louise Andrews bought the premises and began restoration, by first constructing the wharf and then renovating the interior.

The business opened and successfully operatedunder their leadership until 2012 when it was purchased by its current owner, Corey Jones.

The Dock Art Gallery & Craft Shop is considered one of the best in Newfoundland & Labrador.

We invite you to browse through the art gallery and craft shop upstairs from the Dock restaurant. You will find one of the largest displays of paintings and photographs by most of the prominent artists and photographers in the province, many of the paintings and photos reflect life, past and present, and scenes of rural areas of the province.

Over 150 of the best known artisans in the province display their quality handicrafts in our shop. Choose from woolens, soapstone, native carvings, needlework, blown glass, unique wooden vases, pen sets made from caribou antlers, oilskin coats and hats, hooked mats, woven blankets and much more."

Dock Marina is located in picturesque Trinity, Trinity Bay, NL which is just under 2.5 hours from St. John's. Drop by Trinity and spend the day exploring, taking in the Trinity Pageant, and have a meal at Dock Marina Restaurant and then shop in the Gallery & Gift Shop.

You can find out more about Dock Marina on their website:

"Aristotle's Lantern"
Acrylic on Canvas
Original Available at Dock Marina

"Floating Majesty"
Acrylic on Canvas
Original and Art Reproductions Available at Dock Marina

Monday, June 23, 2014

Focus on.....Big Land Heritage & Framing

Big Land Heritage & Framing is the newest Gallery and framing business located in Mount Pearl, serving not only Mount Pearl, but also St. John's and surrounding areas.

From their website:

"We specialize in framing photos of all sizes in all types of frames. We're sure to have something to suit your tastes.

We also have an assortment of hand made items from Labrador, such as earrings made from caribou antlers, slippers, Labradorite lazy susans, and authentic Labrador tea dolls." 

I have several originals and all of my available art reproductions available at Big Land. They can usually frame artwork in 2-3 days! And they just sold one of my newest art reproductions "Quidi Vidi View".

Big Land Heritage & Framing is located at 7 Commonwealth Avenue in the Piper's building. Drop by and see Rosie and Eugene!

"Quidi Vidi View"
Art Reproductions available in 3 sizes

Acrylic on Canvas
Original available at Big Land Heritage & Framing

Focus on....Cable Crafts in Heart's Content

I was fortunate enough to be approached in 2013 about displaying my gift items at Cable Crafts, which is located in the Heart's Content Cable Station. Heart's Content is a small community on Trinity Bay located on the Baccalieu Trail on Highway 80 just 1.5 hours from St. John's, NL.

From the Provincial Historic Sites website:

"In July 1866, after nine years and several unsuccessful attempts, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore at Heart's Content. This little Newfoundland town leaped into the history books and remained a global communications hub for over a century. The cable station opened the world to the outport men and women who worked here and remains a time capsule of the communications technology that connected us all right up to the 1960s.

Heart's Content Cable Station today consists of an 1875 office building and a 1918 extension. Exhibits focus on the history of telegraphy and the role Heart's Content played in the industry. The cable station remained part of the Western Union Inc.'s international cable system until the facility was closed in 1965 after trans-ocean telephone cable and satellite communication made its technology obsolete."

Most items in Cable Crafts are handcrafted by local craftspeople. This year I have several gift items depicting my artwork, including porcelain ornaments, note cards, art reproductions, and art coasters. New for this year, I have painted 3 original paintings that depict not only Heart's Content (the historic lighthouse), but neighbouring communities of Cavendish and Whiteway. These small original paintings are also at Cable Crafts this year.

If you have a chance to drive the Baccalieu trail this summer and drive down the Trinity Bay portion, drop in to Cable Crafts!

Heart's Content Lighthouse
Original and Art Reproductions Available

Cavendish Sheds
Acrylic on Canvas
Original and Art Reproductions Available

Where to Find my Artwork in 2014

I'm pleased to announce the following will have my original artwork and/or gift items on display and for sale: 

•Five Island Gallery in Tors Cove
•House of Diamonds Art in Glovertown
•Picture Frame Gallery in Gander
•Water Street Gallery in St. John's
•Ocean View Gallery in Carbonear
•Cable Crafts in Heart's Content
•DozenODD Gallery in Carbonear
•Dock Art Gallery & Gift Shop in Trinity
•By the Bay Craft Shop & Gallery in Lewisporte
•Big Land Heritage & Framing in Mount Pearl

•Expression Hair Studio in St. John's

A couple of more locations are also being explored for this year. Stay tuned!

I'll also do a short write-up of each location listed above so you can learn a little more about each one!