Anyone that has visited Newfoundland will know that it is full of incredibly creative, artistic, and all-round inspiring people. The dramatic landscapes, wild weather, and intense colours of the province seem to inspire in people the urge to get creative.
As such it is no surprise that there is a plethora of fantastic artists scattered around the far reaching corners of our island home (cue Christine Anu).
The Craft Council was established to support this growing community. A member-based organisation, the non-for-profit Council works to promote, support, and further the artistic and economic potential of those in the arts by offering programs and services in marketing, exhibition, product development, training, and communication. As well as regular events to showcase best practices to maintain a high standard of excellence throughout this community.
On behalf of its members, the Craft Council publishes an amazing guide for visitors to the province of the various studios across the island where guests can see and often purchase some of the beautiful works that are available.
The Craft Council does not only provide resources for visitors to the island, but also to residents interested in selling their crafts.
Over the next month there will be a series of workshops aimed at helping artists design and create products that represent their region, as well as providing insight into how to market and promote these items to tourists visiting the island.
These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for artists to turn their craft into a business venture, and further develop the art community in our province.
If that’s not enough, the Craft Council is also currently hosting exhibitions in St John’s by Karlie King titled Pests. Her beautiful ceramics will remain on display at the Devon House Craft Centre until March the 4th. Alongside King’s work, located in the Annex Gallery, is a series of hooked rugs by Joanna Close that display some of the daily scenes of family life on the farm.
So whether you are a local art fan, a tourist looking for memories of your time to Newfoundland, or an artist yourself, the Craft Council will have you covered. So get out there and get creative!