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St. John's, NL A1C 1B1


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Framing Folklore: public talk with Marissa Largo and Dale Jarvis   

St. John's based author, storyteller and folklorist Dale Jarvis joins visiting scholar and writer Marissa Largo for a public talk in conjunction with MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) exhibition

Wednesday June 29 7-9pm
Eastern Edge Gallery
Free. All welcome.

Folklore Reimagined: The Supernatural in Marigold Santos' Art and the Limits of Modernity. 

Marissa Largo is an educator, artist, and PhD candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She holds a Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her PhD project, Unsettling Imaginaries: The Decolonial Diaspora Aesthetic of Four Contemporary Filipino/a Visual Artists in Canada (in which Marigold Santos is one of the four artists). Marissa is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries (Northwestern Universty Press, 2017). She resides in Toronto with her partner, Sean and their two children, Carlo and Lorena.

Finding Folklore: Documenting the Mysterious in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador may very well be blessed with more fairies, devils, old hags, phantoms, Jacky Lanterns, sea monsters, and other fabulous and frightening creatures than any other spot in Canada. Luckily, it is one of the only places in Canada to have a provincial folklorist. Dale Jarvis will discuss the work of the province's intangible cultural heritage program, and his own love of strange tales, in this talk on the weirdness that lurks at the edge of our perception, and those curious creatures that go bump in the night.

Dale Jarvis works as the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture, the first full-time provincially funded folklorist position in Canada. Dale has been working for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, and holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. He regularly teaches workshops on oral history, cultural documentation, folklore project management, and public folklore programming. By night, he is the proprietor of the St. John’s Haunted Hike ghost tour and raconteur of local tales. As a storyteller, he performs ghost stories, stories of the little people, tales of phantom ships and superstitions, and legends and traditional tales from Newfoundland, Labrador and beyond.

David Tuck Parade and Planting

Saturday July 2 at 11am 
Meet at Eastern Edge Gallery (72 Harbour Dr.)
Procession will by led by the illustrious Wiener Shaman
Free. All Welcome.

As part of March 2016 exhibition David Tuck: friends and ashes, the Wiener Shaman (Sara Tilley), with clown friends Vanessa Cardoso Whelan and Bernardine Stapleton, created a Sacred Mixture in honour of David Tuck - this mixture contained many sacred ingredients, including some of David's ashes, as well as a variety of flower seeds, housed in a magical vessel created by Jay Butler. On Saturday, July 2 at 11am we will gather at Eastern Edge Gallery and unveil the new David Tuck Memorial Library shelf, commissioned by Eastern Edge and custom built by local carpenter Chris George. We will then disperse the Sacred Mixture through the streets of St. John's, planting seeds and ashes (and bacon bits, sparkles, candy and other sacred substances) in uncared-for corners. Please come and celebrate a colourful life with us! 

Newfoundland artist David Tuck, 1953­-2015, died well before we were ready to say goodbye. As a tribute to David, his work and his unique view of life, artist friends from across the Atlantic region have been invited to create new artworks, in a variety of media, each one to incorporate some of David’s ashes. David always said that after he died he would like to be painted into a Masterpiece. His friends thought this would be a great salute to David and a way to say: “a part of you is still here with us.” Love you David, from all your friends.
Main Gallery
Marigold Santos
MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments)
Marigold Santos | mandrake | graphite on paper | 8.5" x 12" | 2016
May 27 - July 6

MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) explores self-hood as an experience of shifting identities and realities. Works of drawing, film and installation renegotiate the artist's lived experience of migration and movement between cultures and tradition into meaningful fragments of personal myth, narrative and folklore. In MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) Santos furthers her investigation of colonial narrative, visibility, and empowerment alive with fantastical and otherworldly imagery. The artist draws on material and evolving ideas from two previous bodies of work: BLACK MIRROR, a series focusing on dualities and binaries and INVISIBLE MOTHER, a series of work challenging conceptual roles of light and dark through portrayals of women in folklore and beyond. MIRROR/MOTHER (fragments) re-combines these histories and ideas and speaks to multifariousness by providing new paths by which to follow and deviate.

Marigold Santos pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving drawn, painted, and printed works, sculpture, animation, and sound. She holds a BFA with Honours from the University of Calgary (2007), and an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal (2011). As a recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, she exhibits widely across Canada, and divides her place of residence and practice between Calgary and Montreal.

rOGUE Gallery
Hazel Eckert
Picture Catalogue

Hazel Eckert | SEAM COLLAGE No.9 | archival digital print | 23" x 16" | 2015

June 18 - July 6

Picture Catalogue is an ongoing series of collage works that explore modes of intuition, chance encounter and tension in the collage process. Images from archival and current magazine spreads are removed from their original context and are recombined along the seam of my sketchbook into enigmatic fragments of individual narratives. In an attempt to skirt the nostalgia inherent in the source imagery I carefully choose graphic elements for their abstract properties instead of their overt cultural references.

After an initial period of collecting and documenting, I arrive at final a composition through a process of selecting, cutting, and joining images. For a year I have been collecting images from old and new Pop Culture, Fashion and News magazines as well as pillaging the Toronto Reference Library’s Picture Collection, an archive housing over a million images clipped from magazines, discontinued books, and printed photographs.

The seam or gutter of my sketchbook acts as an axis on which I can adapt and manipulate new points of intersection for the images. Each collage is reproduced as a print on a folded sheet of paper, preserving the materials' original alignment along the seam of a commercial publication.

Hazel Eckert is an artist, printer and designer from Toronto Ontario. She holds a B.A in printmaking from OCAD University, 2008. With a background in graphic design and letterpress printing, commercial materials and techniques inform her art practice. As a recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Open Studio and Atelier Graff, Eckert's work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. She has participated in artist residencies in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Eckert lives and works in St. John's, NL.


HOLD FAST 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

HOLD FAST is a four-day celebration of contemporary art practice held in August in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Now going into its 17th year, HOLD FAST is the province’s only festival dedicated to contemporary art. HOLD FAST regular events are free and open to all.
Follow HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival
August 18-21 2016
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Membership continues to be an vital component of Eastern Edge Gallery. With your support, we are able to continue to bring you the best of local, national, and international contemporary art through the programming of our Main Gallery, the Rogue Gallery, and our newly re-named summer arts festival, HOLD FAST. Eastern Edge also facilitates over forty creative events annually, including artist talks, workshops, members’ events, music nights and much more!
Craft Council Annual Members Exhibit

Opening reception Saturday June 25  
2 – 4 pm 
Craft Council Gallery

On June 25 from 2 – 4 pm the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador presents their Annual Members Exhibit.  This diverse, juried exhibition of members’ work features a variety of mediums and techniques and celebrates excellence in contemporary craft and 25 years of the Craft Council Gallery.  The 2016 Fine Craft Award for Excellence will be presented during the Opening Reception.
The Opening Reception takes place at the Craft Council Gallery, 2nd floor of the Devon House Craft Centre, 59 Duckworth Street. Refreshments will be served, artists will be present and everyone is welcome.   The shows continue until August 13, 2016.  Visit or call 753-2749 for more information.
Unmasking Otherness

Red Oche, Mekwisiqwan

June 16 - Sept 17

Grenfell Campus Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus
Corner Brook, NL
Workshop with Visiting Artist Jill Ho You at St Michael's Printshop

Saturday, June 25, 2pm-4pm
St. Michael's Printshop (72 Harbour Drive, Second Floor)
Admission is PWYC

Jill Ho-You is a sessional instructor in Print Media at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Harcourt House in Edmonton, AB (2013) and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2011.) She has also participated in numerous group shows such as the International Print Center New York, NY (2013), the 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition (2012), and the Biennale Internationale d’estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (2013/15.) She has also participated in residencies at Open Studio in Toronto and Alberta Printmakers’ Society in Calgary.

Jill will offer a demonstration of her work. Jill explores the parallels between the human body and the environment in relation to injury, damage and memory. Through copperplate etching, her work draws on analogies between disease in the body and environmental damage, and investigates how both systems attempt to heal themselves after injury. 
TrixXxieFest 2016

June 24 & 25 
Cox & Palmer Second Space

TrixXxieFest 2016 is a jam-packed two day event that highlights alternative voices by presenting the work of Women in Media and Performance. 

Click here for full schedule.
City of St. John’s Call for Muralist:

The City of St. John's is seeking proposals from established visual artists for a mural to be painted on the George Street East stairwell, which runs between Duckworth Street and East George Street in downtown St. John’s.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

Submissions are to be made online through the City of St. John's bids and tenders.

For more information go to> Living in St. John’s> Tenders

Call: (709) 576-6136


Life Drawing Sessions at the Arts and Culture Centre:

The final Tuesday session for the season will be on 21 June.

The final Thursday session for the season will be on 23 June.

The first Thursday session after the summer break is scheduled for 8 September.

The first Tuesday session after the summer break is scheduled for 13 September.


We are now accepting applications for two-month Fellowships to the Instituto Sacatar
in Bahia, Brazil. Fellowships include reimbursement of airfare to Salvador, Brazil; 
room with private bath; separate studio appropriate to the artist’s discipline; meals 
and logistic support during the residency.  Individuals of all nationalities, working in all
disciplines and of any age, may apply.  Applications must be submitted electronically.

To submit an application, go to After you sign
up, you will receive an email confirming that you can log in. When you log
in, you will find all the information you will need to complete an application.

Additional information about Sacatar’s artist residency program can be
found at

The deadline for all applications is July 31, 2016.

We will announce the results in October 2016, when we will begin to
interview the semi-finalists.  We conduct interviews with all semifinalists
before scheduling.   Through this Open Selection Process, we will offer
30-35 two-month Fellowships between January 2017 and December 2018.

Former Fellows may not apply.  We will continue to offer alternate ways
that former Fellows may return to pursue additional work at Sacatar.  We
will write our former Fellows directly with these opportunities.

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