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If you are in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) area, a crafty sort and like a good deal, be sure to drop by Devon House (Duckworth Street) tomorrow morning. The Annual Seconds Sale is on and there’s plenty to see!

lots and lots of yarn some spools o' yarn

Single ply more yarn

purples and blues pinks and oranges

There’s about one hundred pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours. I’ve had to sit firmly on my hands all evening.
Bags of linen Beautiful linen
There’s about fifty pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours.
tapestry yarn Assorted stuff, including needlepoint frames

Lots of tapestry wool, needlepoint frames and kits of all sorts.

Some seconds of pottery Reproduction pottery - Ferryland historic reproductions


Plenty of pottery, some reproductions of historic pieces!

sewing machine sewing machine label

An old sewing machine, in very nice condition….

And all sorts of other neat items:
candles Books

Fabric, assorted
All fabric is $1/m and yarns are $1/skein. Pottery is variable, but still very cheap. Books are $1 each. Magazines are $0.25

There was a lot of everything. The Sale starts at 9am tomorrow morning and runs until noon. Admission is free. We take debit/Visa/MC. Everything must go!

a quickr pickr post


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Anyone in the St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) area, take note! The annual Craft Council Seconds Sale is taking place on Saturday. (The photos in this post were taken at the sale few years ago.)

The official ad reads:

April 14, 2007 Sat. 9:00 – 12:00



All proceeds go towards the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Awards Program.


The Craft Council is also collecting goods for the Seconds Sale (if you have anything, email me pronto to arrange pick-up!).
Please send along:


This is a good opportunity to clear out your studio and contribute the to Craft Council Awards Program. Drop off or mail donations to Devon House. Contact Kelly at 753-2749 or info@craftcouncil.nf.ca if you have any questions. Pick up can be arranged within the city and surrounding area.

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The deadline for Art Procurement has been extended until January 22. Further details on the Provincial Art Procurement Program (2006) are available on The Rooms website.


Please note that for artwork to be considered, artists are required to submit images of the work in either 35 mm slide format, photographs or digital files on a clearly labelled CD-ROM. Digital images should be saved in JPG or TIF format at a resolution of 150 dpi or higher.

The jury will meet at The Rooms for deliberation on January 29, 30 and 31.
Please note there will be no traveling and no studio visits.

Please contact Chris Batten (709) 757-8047 if you have any questions regarding the Provincial Art Procurement Program.

Chris Batten
Collections Management
Provincial Art Gallery – The Rooms
Tel: (709) 757-8047
Fax: (709) 757-8041

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Cool! A review of our show by Joan Sullivan in our local newspaper, The Telegram…..

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Presque touchant

Tomorrow is the annual Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Seconds Sale. There will be all sorts of things, from materials used in making art and/or craft, to books and magazines, to tools and utensils used for craft and art, to actual finished products that, for whatever reason, weren't quite up to snuff or expectations.

There is usually a pile of fabric and wool and all sorts of other cool things (it's a very dangerous place). It starts at 9am and will be held at Devon House on Duckworth Street in St. John's. All fund raised go to scholarships and awards for artists and craftspeople…. Stuff is fairly cheap and almost invariably of good quality!

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Yesterday John got walloped from behind by a Ford Ranger. When you're driving a Tercel (think small), getting hit by such an animal is a bit of a jolt to the system. John was feeling okay yesterday, but is now becoming progressively more sore. Our car couldn't get much sorer:


To make matter even more fun, they're claiming it'll take $6000 to repair the car. The car has a value of about $3500, give or take. The loan still outstanding on the car is for more than the valuation (but less than the damage).

Thus far, the fault seems to be all with the other side (unless they lie). The basic situation was that John was driving along the highway and drove into a snowdrift that was uncleared and in the middle of the lane. He didn't skid or spin, just stopped. The guy behind him hit him less than three seconds later and actually spun the car out into the other lane. The fellow driving didn't own the vehicle (it was his brother's). They exchanged info and John limped the car home, as it was drivable (gingerly).

So John has spent the morning running around getting cars appraised, loaners in place, statements made to police, adjusters contacted and doctors seen. None of this is actually helpful to a guy whose back and shoulders have just taken a helluva whack. Meanwhile I've been sitting here trying to figure out how the heck all this will play out. The money and John's health are my chief worries. I've been going through the motions of working, just to give my mind something to do, but it's not really having much effect.

I can't do the statements, doctor or even insurance stuff because I'm not John and they need to deal with him. I can't even go with him because our carseat was in the car during impact and, even if there's no kid in the seat, a carseat that has been in a car during an accident has to be replaced. So he's out there dealing with stuff and I'm sitting here, worrying. 

"Rattled" is a good word.

One of the worst parts of being an artist is having to mentally shut stuff like this out so that you can work. At least in jobs where someone else dictates your schedule, you can go through the motions without thinking too much. I have to make up the motions as I go.

I just hope his shoulders and neck are okay in short order.

Must go paint some fabric. That's pleasant enough and physically preoccupying enough (you kinda have to finish it once you start) to occupy me until next I hear from him.

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Every year I read the write-ups on the Turner Prize, partially for the sake of keeping an eye on what’s going on the the world of Modern Art (Ecclectic, Provoking, Weird and Often Disturbing Art might be a more accurate description) and partially for a good laugh at what our society has made of itself. This year I actually had a different reaction than usual, as the Weatherbeaten Shed was really a pretty cool idea and did not involve bodily fluids (other than, perhaps, sweat). Finding a shed in Switzerland (complete with paddle), rebuilding it as a boat and then reconstructing it as a shed is just plain cool, in a ten year-old boy kind of way. I do wonder how much he paid in shipping and what the reaction of the original owner of the shed was upon coming out of his house and finding his shed (and paddle) had transformed into a boat.

Art is one of those categories whose existence and inclusiveness I rarely criticise and, like Kirsten, pretty much think that it (like education) justifies its own existence. That said, I have been perplexed at the Turner Prize’s blinking lights (think someone may have been duped there) and surprised at the conventional choice of Grayson Perry in 2003.

As much as I migth want to laugh at the folks who thought lights on a timer (five seconds on, five off) were thought provoking, creative and deeply moving, I have to stop myself. You see, here in Canada, we gave a Governor General’s Award to a fellow who lay in a shallow grave with a vial of his own blood secretted in a bodily cavity. Thought-provoking? I suppose. Apealing? Not. I think it relies primarily on the visceral reaction of viewers, which still makes it good art (in a weird sort of way), just not particularly tasteful.

Years ago there was a fooferra around here about an exhibit of clothing constructed from meat. The debate over whether it was art was somewhat subsumed in the, “what about hot weather and flies?” question. It would seem that art involving flesh and bodily extrusions is an easy way to have shocking impact and get noticed. The only catch is getting your work into permanent collections……

Anyway, here’s hoping the guy with the shedboat goes on to other, equally intriguing, pursuits. I wonder if there’s a grain silo somwhere in Saskatchewan that always wanted to be a plane?

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