On View in Port Union: "Grass In The Sky"

St. John's based artists Pepa Chan, Kailey Bryan, and Mimi Stockland collaborated on a large-scale installation titled Grass in the Sky, a project also curated by Pepa Chan. The trio breathed new life into an abandoned Port Union home by filling it with toys, textiles, interactive sculpture, and video work. From the exterior plush toys fastened to the building's yellow siding to the to the dismembered dolls peeking out of the shower stall, the site specificity of this installation makes it hard to separate the past life of the home from the work that now lives within it. Not only have the hands of the artists affected this space, but the hands of its previous owners and tenants are allowed t

What a Day in the Bay: The Bonavista Biennale

View from the Fisher's Loft Conference Centre in Port Rexton The Bonavista Biennale opened on August 17th, and we attended the launch this past weekend. This festival, which is on until September 17th, features acclaimed contemporary Canadian artists with programming impressively integrated into the Bonavista Peninsula. Our itinerary was jam packed as we cruised along the Discovery Trail soaking in art and the stunning landscapes of the Newfoundland coast. One day was certainly not enough, and we recommend giving yourself as much time as possible to take in every outstanding location and artist. On our daytrip we squeezed in visits to Trinity, Port Rexton, Port Union, Maberly, Elliston, and

A Look Back On HOLD FAST Festival 2017

Eastern Edge Gallery's HOLD FAST Festival is now in its 18th year, and it is the only annual festival dedicated to contemporary art in the province. The past week was filled to the brim with incredible workshops, talks, and unique events! Here's a look back on those jam-packed days. Wednesday, August 9th launched the festival with a bang at the Quidi Vidi Brewery, where their incredible beer was served and delicious food was provided by the St. John's Native Friendship Centre, a spread which included toutons with molasses butter. HOLD FAST manager Hannah Morgan used the stage to introduce this year's artists: Vicky Sabourin, At The Reception (Kiersten Holden-Ada, Zak Miller-Ada, and Michael

HOLD FAST Pop Ups

Mending Bee with Susan Furneaux Georgetown Cafe and Bookshelf Riddle Fence Fridge Eastern Edge Gallery Cucumber Eyes Exhibition curated by Allison Graves and Amery Sandford The Big R Change of State Exhibition by Don Wright Scholar Michael Ciesielski St. Michael’s Printshop Souvenir Series Film Curation by Devon Shears NIFCO Hooligans Custom Tattoos Eastern Edge Art Hive Rocket Bakery Guerrilla Print Making St. Michael’s Printshop Bookmaking & Printmaking Workshop The Gathered Gallery Anna Templeton Centre Drawing Jam The Gathered Gallery Anna Templeton Centre

Films Screened at Festival Launch

"Sitting in my room" by Family Video dir. Knoah Bender "Weathervain" by Remambran dir. Jenn King "Highway of Tears" by Janet Cull dir. Jenn Brown "These opinions make me unique" by Sad Tax dir. Patrick Canning "Crazy 4 baby" by Coach Longlegs dir. Devin Shears "Breaking over branches" by Fog Lake dir. Aaron Powell "Im gross" by Hard Ticket dir. Knoah Bender "She Reminds Me" by Family Video dir. Jonathan Kennedy

WORKSHOP: Experimental Conversations with Ray Fenwick

Ray Fenwick led a workshop called "Experimental Conversations" at Eastern Edge Gallery from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on August 11th. It began with participants entering the gallery space and encountering a projection which asked them to take a seat and remain silent until they received further instructions. The presentation then required audience participation through speaking in unison the phrases that appeared on the wall. It was entertaining, liberating and quite odd, all at the same time, and the rest of the workshop followed this manner as well! The workshop then flowed into, as the title suggests, strange and often hilarious experimental conversations between workshop participants. His Art Craw

WORKSHOP: Manifesto with Woven Wires

The duo Woven Wires, a collaboration of Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Pearl Marie Salas, led a workshop that taught participants how to write a manifesto. It started with an examination of manifestos they found impactful on their creative practice, which led into a exercise that helped participants consider what their values and passions are. After thoughtful group discussion, these revelations laid the groundwork for manifesto creation. Their Art Crawl performance will happen in the Neal Building, 50 Harbour Dr., at both 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm. #festival

WORKSHOP: Radio Relay with At The Reception

At The Reception (Kiersten Holden-Ada, Zak Miller-Ada, Michael D. McCormack) led the workshop, "Radio Relay" on Friday August 11th that began at The Tool Library! It began with some background into the history of FM Radio and then each participant was given a package of components to build their very own FM transmitter. While building their transmitters, they also participated in recording a story that was pieced together using multiple transmitters located throughout downtown St. John's. The workshop concluded downtown with the story being broadcasted through the FM transmitters. It was a great experience to learn about the history and power of FM radio! Be sure to check out their Art Crawl

WORKSHOP: Body Book with April White

April White held a workshop called "Body Book" at the Neal Building on Thursday, August 10th, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Participants warmed up with blind contour drawing exercises, then dove into a tutorial that showed how to create flip books and simple book binding. Everyone created a small series of drawings within the pages of their book, which April turned into an gif using her smartphone and it's camera. Watching our drawings transform into a moving image was a wonderful experience! April's Art Crawl performance will be at Harbourside Park, 10 New Gower St., from 7 - 10 pm on August 12, don't miss it! #festival

WORKSHOP: Fake it/You Rock with Vicky Sabourin

Vicky Sabourin gave a workshop called "Fake it/You Rock" at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, August 10, from 1 - 3 pm. She invited participants to create felted rock creations from a selection of brightly coloured felt and locally found stones. Everyone left with a fuzzy, handmade creation and the tools to recreate the process on their own. We loved learning how to wet felt and our wool rocks look beautiful anywhere! Be sure to view Vicky's Art Crawl performance "Warmblood" at the Christina Parker Gallery, 50 Water St, from 4 - 8 pm on August 12. #festival

Meet HOLD FAST Manager Hannah Morgan!

Who is organizing HOLD FAST festival this year? Meet the wonderful Hannah Morgan! Where are you from? What brought you to St. John's and Eastern Edge? I'm from Prince Edward Island! I grew up in a little community, Marshfield, in an old farm house and my family still lives there today! It's home. Coming to St. John's was a bit of a quick decision. While doing grad studies at Concordia I was apart of the Indigenous Art Research Group and started a research contract with Dr. Heather Igloliorte for the iNuit Blanche festival. iNuit Blanche took place in St. John's last October and when asked if I wanted to be 'on the ground' in St. John's before the festival - I jumped at the opportunity to co

INTERVIEW: April White

When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? Summer answer: swimming, watching tv/reading, taking my cat to the park Do you have any secret talents? I’m quite good at sleeping in, I know the script to all Hollywood romantic comedies, I can remember numbers and number combinations quite well, I can clean my bedroom and make it messy again in less than two hours, budgeting… If you could choose any artist to collaborate on a project with - alive or dead - who would you choose? I choose St. John's based artist Kailey Bryan! We have collaborated before on a project where Kailey filmed me in my bath tub while I smashed eggs on my body and we have more ideas and maybe

INTERVIEW: Woven Wires

Woven Wires is a collaboration between Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Pearl Marie Salas. Where are you visiting St. John's from? V: Toronto Ontario P: Denver, Colorado When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? V: Riding my bike. Spending time with friends and family, P: Attending local music events, catching up any overly dramatic tv shows (guilty pleasure), and playing with with my dog Michelle! Do you have any secret talents? V: No, to Use most of my talents and my performance art so there not secrets for long. P: Great cook of authentic southwestern united states style food, I can sing fairly well...I'd kill at karaoke if I was ever brave enough (I'm not, sh

INTERVIEW: Ray Fenwick

Where are you visiting St. John's from? Where is your home base? Winnipeg, Manitoba. When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? This summer it would be: 1) Hanging out with my two young children, Cooper and Freja, (probably at the wading pool) 2) Skateboarding bowls with other not-young, easily hurt friends 3) Working at a local Artist Run Centre called PLATFORM. Do you have any secret talents? Well, because of my daughter I’ve gotten pretty good at singing slow lullaby versions of Disney songs? If you could choose any artist to collaborate on a project with - alive or dead - who would you choose? This is a potentially annoying answer to this question but: no

INTERVIEW: At The Reception

At The Reception is a collaboration between Kiersten Holden-Ada, Michael McCormack and Zak Miller-Ada. Where are you visiting St. John's from? Where is your home base? K’jipuktuk/Halifax, NS. When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? M: thinking about dancing, forgetting to practice piano, and trying to play basketball. K: ruckussing about with kiddos, showing up, processing big feels while putting fire to metal. Z: building, looking at my phone while sitting on the toilet, spending time with my friends (most of whom are under 8) Do you have any secret talents? Between the three of us (you'll have to guess which is whose): there's a dance move called "the ro

INTERVIEW: Vicky Sabourin

Where are you visiting St. John's from? Where is your home base? I was born and raised in Montréal, Québec. I did my BFA at Laval University (Québec city) and did an exchange in Marseille, south of France for a year. I then did an MFA at Concordia University in Montreal where I am still based. My partner is from Halifax and we spend a lot of time there. Halifax is my second home away from home. When you're not making art, what are three things you might be found doing? Riding my bicycle around the city. Going for hikes in the woods around the family cottage or in Vermont, USA (Montréal is very close to Vermont). But the real answer is probably going for coffee with friends at cafés, their

HOLD FAST Festival is one week away!

The Gathered Gallery is excited to be a part of Eastern Edge Gallery's HOLD FAST Festival in St. John's, NL! The festival launches one week from today, and invites contemporary artists and local businesses to engage with the city through workshops, events, and an art crawl. HOLD FAST runs from August 10 - 13. Our website will feature interviews with participating artists and coverage of workshops and events, while our Instagram feed will be packed with exciting updates on the festival's activities! Read all HOLD FAST Festival content here on our blog. #news

HOLD FAST Festival is one week away!

The Gathered Gallery is excited to be a part of Eastern Edge Gallery's HOLD FAST Festival in St. John's, NL! The festival launches one week from today, and invites contemporary artists and local businesses to engage with the city through workshops, events, and an art crawl. HOLD FAST runs from August 10 - 13. Our website will feature interviews with participating artists and coverage of workshops and events, while our Instagram feed will be packed with exciting updates on the festival's activities! #festival