Popping up all over

Church Street Fest introduces Art Walk and pop-up galleries

One of the newest attractions for this year’s Church Street Festival in Bonavista is highlighting the area’s newest artistic endeavors, presented by Bonavista Creative.

On Friday, July 31, the Art Walk and pop up shops will turn downtown Bonavista into an art gallery, with displays at various locations throughout Church Street. Art galleries will also be at select locations throughout the whole week of the festival.Ruth Weller-Malchow is the creative director of Bonavista Creative and it was her task to assemble the artists for each of the galleries and shops along the walk.

“It’s a special event that I’ve curated for the first time for the Church Street Festival,” Weller-Malchow told The Packet. “The idea is to introduce art into the entire festival because that’s something Bonavista Creative is working on —bringing the artists and the creative and cultural economy to town”

There will 16 artists — both local and from abroad — who will have installations at different locations ranging from the Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada to the end of Church Street at the Harold Mouland house next to the Town Hall.

Weller-Malchow says it’s a pop-up gallery exhibit because the series of art displays are in spaces that are not usually used as galleries and the installations are temporary.

“For me, it was really important that … as much of Church Street could be utilized as possible,” she said.

She even placed particular artists in locations that suit their art.

Joey Neary is part of the “BUY MY ART!” exhibit that will be displayed in the Harris Shop, the most unfinished space, because of the “guerrilla” style of the material, says Weller-Malchow. She is using the selection of artists and locations to partner with other organizations for future plans.

She says it’s important to both celebrate local artists as well as introduce artists from outside the province to the area.

“There is a lot of good art going on in Newfoundland as well … I want them to feel accepted. The most important thing is that they all are excellent in what they do.

“And (through bringing in artists) we want this to become a thriving art community. Where the artists go, people follow … it goes right back to the creative and cultural economy and Bonavista needs young people.”

She says this is the first example of how the town can be a cultural hub. Weller-Malchow is, through Bonavista Creative, bringing artists in residency programs to the area.

The types of art, and even the artists themselves, differ wildly. The aritsts range in age from just 15 years old, right up to 87.

“Some of the artists already have long distinguished careers behind them, some mid range and some are complete unknowns,” said Weller-Malchow.

Three local photographers will be featured throughout the exhibits as well, with Jerry Mouland at Walkham’s Gate Pub and Café, Loretta Lander at the Keough Shop and Crystal Fudge.

Several of the locations will showcase local musicians as well, including Andrew Smith and Rachel Hewitt.

The walk also includes the opportunity to purchase goods such as books and chocolate.

“At the very end of Church Street, that’s where we’re opening up one of the houses that belongs to Bonavista Living. In there … that’s where the Boreal Diner is opening up, they’re doing a café in there, we’re selling Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate, TVAL skincare and Broken Books.”

Weller-Malchow says the pop-up idea is to utilize what you have available in a transient or grassroots sort of way.

On Friday, and for future years, all the art and goods one cares to see or purchase will be available in Bonavista as part of the Church Street Festival. She calls it a destination for the arts.

“We want this to be the booming buzz for art and creativity and crafts, of course, as well.”

Jonathan Parsons – THE PACKET

Published on July 28, 2015


Twitter: @jejparsons

Some of the artists:

Catherine Beaudette

Is a Canadian artist and Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. She is the founder of Loop Gallery in Toronto and 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara, Newfoundland. Born in Montreal, Quebec, she currently divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.

Her practice stems from both places where she collects objects, artifacts and specimens to form the basis of her drawings, paintings and installations. Beaudette received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998 and won The RBC Canadian Painting Prize in 2000.

Clem Curtis   “A Series of Dreams”

My work is an extension of myself and my experiences. Words, phrases music and art history all play a part. The work is layered and is constantly changing. Applying a color or painting a brushstroke can take the piece in a whole new direction at any given moment. It is a freedom I take full advantage of. I tend to work in series but not all at once, preferring instead to add when it feels right.

John Hofstetter

A selection from a continuing series of photographs and sculpture that examine interactions between artefacts of human activity and the landscape of coastal Newfoundland.

Frank Lapointe  “Postcard Series and Watercolours”

Frank Lapointe was born in Port Rexton, Newfoundland.

Following studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Washington School of Art, he attended the Ontario College of Art, graduating with honours in 1966.

Lapointe was appointed specialist in Art at MUN in 1970 and was curator of the Art Gallery of MUN from early 1972 to late 1973, when he left his position to devote himself full time to his work. At this point he was involved in the co-founding of St. Michael’s Printshop.

During the 1970’s he produced two well-known series “Island Imagery” and “The Newfoundland Portrait Series”,the later being toured internationally.

Lapointe collaborated with the late musician composers Don Wherry and others on several multi-media projects contributing the visual material and ideas on “Ice Report” which toured across Canada and to Paris, France, and to the “Door as a Circular Passage”, “Birds”, and “Pond” which was purchased by the National Film Board of Canada in 1981 and screened in a number of venues across Canada.

Lapointe has held a number of teaching positions at MUN, the Dundas Valley School of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, the Provincial Craft School in St. John’s where he taught Visual Design part time for ten years. During the 1990’s he conducted workshops in colour and design in locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the course of his career, Lapointe has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the USA, Japan, England, Ireland and Continental Europe. His art works are included in numerous private, corporate and public collections such as those at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Royal Bank, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Photography, Air Canadian and the Federal Department of Public works including a sculpture at the Post Office in Grand Falls, Newfoundland.

Gary Taylor aka  Dr. 13    “Ninja Blenders are Awesome”

“FB post & Acrylic on carved pine with linseed varnish. I use references from 40’s and 50’s comics to juxtapose the vapid posts with the images”

– Dr. 13

Deborah Wickwire “Buildings from the Bight”

Deborah Wickwire spends her summers in English Harbour (Trinity Bay), making art and helping run the English Harbour Arts Centre.

A collection of sketches of scenes from Trinity Bight.

“Most were drawn with a found object…a feather or a stick…quickly, to catch a moment of light, or a colour.

“This practice, this style, gives me a moment to stop and look, and clear my mind… being in the moment.

“I am drawn to the old, to the crooked and weathered.  I want to enjoy it, preserve it and study it, before it is repainted, restored, or removed.”

– Wickwire

Joe Lewis “Not Born in A Trunk; a Joe Lewis Pop Up”

An exhibition of hand woven jacquard textiles designed by Joe Lewis, a weaver/ designer/ writer who is originally from Paris Ontario. This body of work represents 15 years of work produced while learning the technique of jacquard weaving at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. As an artist he has been exhibiting since the mid 1980s where he was part of the vibrant Queen West neighbourhood. He has exhibited in public and commercial galleries, bars, cafes and pop up galleries in empty storefronts. He has also shown in Hair Salons, Parking Lots and a Train Station In 2011 he was part of the “Fiberman International” exhibition at Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine October 18-29 2011, presented by “Scythia” Textiles. His first all Jacquard exhibition was in Toronto in the spring of 2010 along with another Jacquard designer and weaver from England. Telling Tails: Woven Narrative Textiles: by Joe Lewis and Kathy Schicker was shown at Berkeley Castle. This exhibition will be the 3rd showing of the work and his exhibition on the east coast of Canada.

When not making textile Lewis, is writing about them for his on-line magazine fibreQUARTERLY and national and international publications. You can find fibreQUARTERLY on line at http://www.velvethighway.com/


Joey Neary

“I’ve been painting and taking pictures on and off for about 16 years but I only began trying to sell my work when I was 24. I lacked the confidence required to promote myself and spent a long time unsure of how to start. After four years at markets and events I wanted to try to reach out to other artists that deserved a chance to be noticed. “Buy My Art!” became a starting point for artists, a way to see if their work draws interest without having to take as much of a risk. After a year we have 13 artists and photographers. Some have started to take more of an interest in being a part of the process, while others are just thrilled to have their work on display. There is so much talented that goes unnoticed, it has been incredible to have the opportunity to share some of that with people.”

– Neary

Forrest Sandifer, 18

“I’ve been holding a paintbrush since I can remember. Couldn’t express how I felt with words, so I’d paint it on a canvas, or anything I could get my hands on. It’s a sense of release, gives me a realization that I am in this world, and although not everyone can understand an artist’s work, that’s the thrill of it.”

– Sandifier

Deidre Hollett, 17

“One of my favourite things is reminiscing. I love looking back at what I’ve done and what I’ve seen. It hurts me to not take a picture of something that I think is beautiful.”

– Hollett

Aleksandrs’ Artistic Design Gallery

“Art is the methodology in which my gallery chooses to offer you cultural stories about different lives lived in different parts of the world. Each piece of artwork finds it’s home when a stranger, upon gazing at the completed work of art sees, feels the artists own story. This resonates so completely with the potential buyer that he/she feels emotionally compelled to buy it, bring it home sharing space as if with a dear friend.”

– Elizabeth J., owner of the gallery

Shawn O’Hagan

Shawn O’Hagan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Newfoundland in 1975. She lives and works on the west coast of the island. Her background is in painting (she has an MFA in Painting) but she has worked with many processes and materials. For the past 15 years Shawn has concentrated mostly on textiles. Her new work combines textiles and painting. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows mostly in the Maritimes  and her work can be found in many collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.

“For this exhibition I drew inspiration from old wall paper and linoleum that was removed from the Bonavista Living houses that are being renovated.  The revealing of layers, of history.  Countless stories.  Making room for the new but honouring the past.”

– O’Hagan

Kathleen Knowling

Born in St. John’s and has a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.

She started as a professional artist in 1975, and received help and education through MUN Extension, Mount Allison University and NSCAD and shown her work in Canada the United States as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2015 she was a winner for the second time in the Newfoundland  Arts and Letters competition. In 2002 her work was chosen to represent Canada in Washington D.C. an exhibition celebrating the XXIX Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City.

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