Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Dr.
St. John's, NL A1C 1B1 

Main Gallery
Keepers of the Light
Curated by Emma Hassencahl-Perley
June 1 - June 29, 2019

Featuring work from artists:
Emily Critch, Jerry Evans, Tara Francis,  Meagan Musseau, 
Shane Perley,  Percy Sacobie, Nelson White,  Oakley Wysote Gray.

Keepers of the Light is a group exhibition of Indigenous artists who have been influenced by the land, their people, and are responding to the first light and the “awakening”. The exhibition will be on display from June 1 – June 29, 2019 at Eastern Edge Gallery to coincide with Petapan Indigenous Arts Symposium in St.John’s. Keepers of the Light will focus on the awakening of our identities, as we become conscious of our bodies, spaces, and histories – both social and cultural. Taking initiative to seek traditional knowledge, stories, and teachings – we are all are in the midst of unpacking and relearning our past. Realizing that there is tremendous richness in fusing the old with new mediums, technologies, and approaches, the exhibition will reaffirm Indigenous artists of the Atlantic region’s position in contemporary art. This exhibition will highlight Indigenous artists of the Atlantic Provinces who are making work that awakens their spiritual, cultural, visual, and political identities – combining traditional and contemporary ways of making.
rOGUE Gallery


Michelle Sylliboy
Curated by Hannah Morgan
June 13 - June 29, 2019 

Having worked in various capacities related to art, activism and education, Michelle Sylliboy considers poetry, photography and sculpting to be her first love. Born in Boston, Sylliboy is a Mi’kmaq interdisciplinary artist who was raised in her traditional Mi’kmaq territory We’koqmaq First Nation, Cape Breton. While living on traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver B.C. Michelle completed her BFA from Emily Carr University, and a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University, Sylliboy is currently a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University in Philosophy of Education (Curriculum and Implementation). Her educational pursuits is to reclaim her original written komqwej’wikasikl language through revitalization dialogues by planting seeds using art and poetry as a vehicle to share the Mi’kmaq people’s original written language.
Events & Opportunities
Three launches - one evening at Eastern Edge!
Thursday June 13, 5:30-8:30pm

Meet EE Studios Summer Artists in Residence:
Craig Francis Power, Ryan Josey & Teresa Connors!

rOGUE Opening Reception
Michelle Sylliboy: Komqwejwi'kasikl
Performance: Kiskajeyi – I AM READY
Artist Michelle Sylliboy will be launching her Hermeneutic exploration of Mi’kmaq komqwejwi’kasikl poetry with a solo exhibition and performance. Breathing life into the ancestral writing system of hieroglyphic words and ideas through her poetry, Michelle will bring together local musicians in a performance connecting space and time to that of this land’s Komqwejwi’kasikl language. Copies of Kiskajeyi - I AM READY will be available for sale throughout the evening.

Riddle Fence Spring Issue Launch & podcast listening room in the David Tuck Memorial Library!

Also, Eastern Edge is happy to be hosting attendees of the APAGA conference on Thursday, June 13th. There will be lots of great folks involved in the arts from across the Atlantic for you to meet!


APAGA/AGAPA & Atlantis 2019
Conference Registration

The Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association/Association des galeries d’art des provinces de l’Atlantique (APAGA/AGAPA) was formed in 1975 and encourages inter-institutional collaboration and discussion of issues that effect cultural and artistic development in Atlantic Canada. Its members include provincial, public, university, and artist run galleries from across Atlantic Canada.

Each year members from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island gather in a new regional location for an annual conference where they discuss matters of professional interest to galleries in the area. For the full schedule of events, check out Eastern Edge's website
HERE, or find the conference registration form HERE
Chapbook Launch & Queer Poets Open Mic
Friday June 7, 6:30pm @ Eastern Edge Gallery

Join us to celebrate the launch for Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada (LCP Chapbook Series) - our newest chapbook made in celebration of LGBTQI2S voices that continue to enrich, question, and propel literature in Canada! The Launch will include feature readings by John Barton, Chloe Lewis and Jim Nason, and will be following by a queer poetry open mic. Sign up starts 6:30, readings start at 7.

This event is a celebration of LGBTQI2S poets and their contributions to the Canadian poetry community! Please be mindful of your relationship to the LGBTQI2S community when considering signing up for the open mic. We're here to create space for queer folks to read 🌈💖🌈

Cash bar and light refreshments (free). A limited number of chapbooks will be available for sale ($10).

To learn more about Thirteen, visit
CNA Textile & Apparel Design Graduate Shows 2019
The 2019 Graduating Class of the CNA Textiles & Apparel Design program will be showcasing their work in two exciting events!

On June 6th there will be a f
ashion show at the Prince Phillip Drive CNA Campus. Doors will open at 6:30pm and refreshments will be served throughout the event. Musical entertainment will be provided by the CNA music program and DJ Krystle Hayden. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase online at for $10 each.

On June 12th the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador will host a gallery exhibition for the graduates at 275 Duckworth Street. Opening night will feature live musical entertainment, guest speakers, and refreshments, doors open at 5:30pm. The gallery exhibition will run until June 20th. 

Artist Meet & Greet with Katie Marie Bruce
June 13 5:30-8:30pm @ St. Michael's 

We’ve got some awesome programming coming up that is coinciding with the 2019 Apaga conference. Next Thursday on June 13th from 5:30-8:30 PM we’re hosting our next Visiting artist Meet & Greet - generously sponsored by Quidi Vidi Brewery - and are also rocking live woodblock t-shirt printing 🎸🤟 Don’t forget to BYOTee ( bring your own t-shirt). We’ve also got a plethora of new designs! 😎

Mary MacDonald Foundation Fundraiser
June 14 10:30pm-3am, The Ship Pub

A dance party brought to you by the friends of Mary, with beats to keep you dancing, singing and celebrating. Featuring performances by Jenina MacGillivray, The Belle Trackies, and Cafeteria. 

$15 on the door or $10 if you are wearing an Art = Work T-Shirt or Toque

Find the Facebook page for this event here:
Call for Proposals
Deadline: June 28, 2019

Clean St. John’s and The City of St. John’s are seeking visual artists to design and create innovative painted art for traffic boxes.  These boxes are the green metal boxes at intersections throughout the City that control the operation of the traffic signals. The selected artists will receive an honorarium of $500.00 to cover fees and supplies. Paint will be provided.
Proposals should include: Artwork concept description with rough sketch of the design, 3 images of past painted work, artist bio, artist website link if available, and complete contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number.
Proposals must be received by June 28, 2019. Apply by email to or  by mail to Clean St. John’s, 10 New Gower Street, PO Box 908, St. John’s ,  NL, A1C 5M2. Attention, Karen Hickman.

VANL-CARFAC is excited to be launching our new ART=WORK toques!

The Art = Work initiative is a partnership with the Mary MacDonald Foundation. This joint fundraiser will support visual artists, curators, and art workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador through programs and awards distributed by our retrospective organizations.

Toques and other Art = Work merch is available now at the VANL office and online

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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!

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