HOLD FAST newsletter

For the months of July & August Eastern Edge shares news and updates about our annual summer festival HOLD FAST (August 18-21), our largest and most anticipated event of the year!
Eastern Edge Gallery 
72 Harbour Dr.
St. John's, NL A1C 1B1


Let's look at our next profiled artists. Kailey and Pepa are both multi-media artists currently living and working in St. John’s, NL. Both artists incorporate sculpture, textiles, installations, and video performance into their work. Kailey Bryan's work explores the body with a focus on anxiety, tension, gender, and socially dictated movement, while Pepa Chan's work explores unseen or unrealized human potential. Collectively, their work blends intimacy and absurdity to achieve an emotional hyper-awareness between the artists. They welcome viewers to enter into bizarre yet subtle works to experience and reflect on their own methods of connection.

Kailey has completed a BFA with Honours from York University and was the recipient of the VANL-CARFAC Emerging Artist of the Year Award, the E. J. Lightman Sculpture Award, and the Louis Odette Award for Sculpture. Since studying Graphic Design at University of Buenos Aires, Pepa has been featured in galleries across the world including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery's permanent collections, and holds private collections in Argentina, Uruguay and the UK.

HOLD FAST is thrilled to welcome both these artists and can't wait for St. John's to experience the depth and beauty of their art.
Instagram: @kai_bry

Sign up for Kailey & Pepa's
Balloons & Feelings workshop
Saturday, August 20th, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.

Check out Kailey & Pepa's
Art Crawl project
Art Crawl begins Saturday, August 20th at 8:00 pm.


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Nadège's art practice provokes a reflexion on the act of looking. Her work is characterized by a preoccupation with the gaze as a tool of re-appropriation and consumption. Her live performances explore and document how digital technologies mediate access to the body.

Actively engaged in Montreal’s visual and live art community as an interdisciplinary artist, project coordinator and curator, Nadège Grebmeier Forget has organized and participated in numerous events, festivals, panels, residencies, and exhibitions in Canada and Germany. Her work has most recently been exhibited at She Works Flexible’s Flex Space (Huston, Texas), Vu Photo (QC), Musée régional de Rimouski, and Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides. Upcoming events for 2016 include a solo show in La Maison des Arts in Laval and two group shows in Marseille and Paris.

HOLD FAST is looking forward to introducing Nadège during the Festival and we can't wait to see the reflective work that she will bring. We hope you're all getting as excited as we are. HOLD FAST takes place August 18-21.

Sign up for
Nadège's Midday Pyjama Party Workshop!
Friday, August 19th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Check out Nadège's
Art Crawl project
Art Crawl begins Saturday, August 20th at 8:00 pm.

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The official unveiling of our new outside mural, FOXTROT OSCAR ONE (designed by Jonathan Green), is happening during our HOLD FAST Art Crawl on Saturday, August 20th, starting at 8:00 pm. 

Full Art Crawl schedule is now available on the
HOLD FAST Art Crawl + Artists page

Foxtrot Oscar One is a new Eastern Edge exterior wall mural by Jonathan Green using the International Code of Signals (ICS). It is a combination of nautical signal flags that communicates the message: “I will keep close to you during the night.” Foxtrot Oscar One speaks poetically through the language of signal flags to EE’s long-running location next to the ships in the harbour, our city’s nautical heritage, and our province’s current economic challenges. Painted by local artist Liam Penney.
*** $25 FESTIVAL PRICE ***

|$18 EACH

*Volunteers and Eastern Edge members also get 10% off each purchase*
Gros Morne Installation and Multi-Media Art Initiative
Creative Gros Morne seeks a Curator to develop and oversee the commission, selection and installation process for two works of installation and/or multi-media art that will be situated in the Gros Morne region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Work will be solicited from across Canada from a diversity of artists, communities and regions, with a completion and installation date in 2017.
Outdoor, site-specific work will be commissioned. The work should connect with a broad audience, including adults and youth, visitors and local residents; include interactive elements where possible; engage the public in ways that reflect the environment, people and culture of the region; and, celebrate the region’s place and interconnectivity within the diversity of the Canadian experience.
The Curator will:
– report to and work closely with Creative Gros Morne and the Steering Committee
– develop and manage the Commission Call and Selection of Artists process
– ensure that the Artist Call reaches a diversity of Canadian artists and arts organizations
– work with the selected artists, Creative Gros Morne and partners throughout the creation and installation process
– be responsible for coordinating the design and fabrication, transportation, and installation of the art work
– provide project oversight on behalf of Creative Gros Morne
– provide production support to commissioned artists on an as-needed basis
– contribute to the marketing and promotion of the Installation Initiative
– contribute to development of complementary programming, exhibitions and events related to the Installation Initiative.
Application Deadline: 26 August 2016
Required Materials: clearly articulated curatorial information; detailed curriculum vitae, selective portfolio of relevant work; two letters of recommendation
Fee: $15,000 based on 5 months’ work over a period from September 2016- October 2017
See attached for full details.

St. John's International Women's Film Festival is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications to 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award until 5:00pm on Thursday, August 18th.

Established in 2010 in memory of filmmaker and mentor Michelle Jackson, this annual peer-juried award is open to emerging women film directors who reside in Newfoundland and Labrador and have not yet directed a feature film.

The award provides services and cash towards the creation of a six-minute film. The final film will screen at the Closing Night Gala of the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

Described by the St. John’s Telegram as a ‘coveted award’, the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award has become recognized as an important springboard for the careers of women filmmakers in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Please see the link below for more details about the award and the application process:

On October 22nd, 2016, there will be a silent auction of fine art and craft as a part of the dinner fundraising event in support of The Qalipu Cultural Foundation. The Qalipu Cultural Foundation was formed in 2014 to support Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. The foundation exists to ensure cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and elders in cultural activities within the board.

In times of oppression, art has played and even bigger role in allowing societies to maintain some level of identity. Going further, art is a conversation starter, a focus for discussion and often a display of pride that allows us to demonstrate who we were, who we are, and who we plan to become. By supporting aboriginal fine art and crafts you are supporting our voice.

We are inviting artists to submit traditional and contemporary pieces of fine art and crafts that are inspired by aboriginal culture, heritage, or the environment for a silent auction to help raise funds for this event. Artists will have the option of receiving 50% of the final selling price of the work, or donating the entire amount and receiving a charitable tax receipt.
If you are interested in submitting work, please email images of a maximum of five pieces of work along with the title, medium, size, reserve, retail value and brief statement to:

Deadline: 4 pm, September 30th, 2016

Spirits Sheltered

An exhibition of artworks by Anna Templeton Centre instructors
Hosted at the Salmonier Nature Park Pavilion

July 8 – October 7, 2016

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Salmonier Nature Park for a summer-long exhibition of works by Anna Templeton Centre instructors. Inspired by long walks and long conversations with park staff, these artworks meditate on the relationship between humans and the natural world, bringing affection, poetry, and humour into their expressions. 

On site art and craft workshops with instructors Catherine McCausland, Susan Furneaux, and more! Please see website for details:

Artworks are for sale as a fundraiser for the Anna Templeton Centre & the Salmonier Nature Park.


Anita Singh
April White
Barry Buckle
Catherine McCausland
Jeanette Jobson Fine Art
Katie Vautour
Pepa Chan
Sarah Minty
Stephanie Stoker
Susan Furneaux (
Black Hen Studio)
Susan Lee Studios
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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!

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


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