Art Galleries

Art on the edge

It would be impossible to list all the incredible art galleries in Newfoundland and Labrador, incredible, because of the caliber and quantity of talent lining their walls, pedestals and floors. These galleries, varying in shape, size and form, stretch across the province from coast to coast, and can be found in the smallest outport nook or the unlikeliest, unassuming downtown street.

Art is everywhere here. From the handmade quilts you see blowing in the breeze on a clothesline, to the wall decorations in restaurants, the bronze sculpture depicting our musical heritage on George Street or the array of artist studios throughout the province.

Travelling around the province, art lovers will always find exciting discoveries. Visit eclectic, contemporary, artist-run galleries like Eastern Edge Gallery in downtown St. John's – a great spot for stumbling across new talent. Or favourites like Mealy Mountain Gallery in Labrador, which displays and promotes handcrafted items evocative of the area’s rich culture. On the island's west coast, be sure to visit The Gaia Gallery & Café, in L'Anse aux Meadows, which carries a selection of fine Newfoundland and Labrador art, including Innu tea dolls. In Brookfield, a central Newfoundland community, stop into Norton's Cove Studio, dating back to 1890. Here you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the art and process of printmaking, as well as hand-embroidery, quilting and mat-hooking. On the east coast, in the beautiful and inspirational town of Twillingate, visit Ted Stuckless Fine Arts and Driftwood Gallery where you can view the work of a painter who has long had a passion for capturing the essence of traditional Newfoundland life in oils, pen, ink and wood.

The Rooms

The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador's largest cultural space, houses the provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum. It contains a permanent collection of over 7,000 artistic works, both historical and contemporary, portraiture, figurative and landscape. Art with a connection to Newfoundland and Labrador is a special focus, with major collections of work by artists such as Christopher and Mary Pratt, Gerald Squires, David Blackwood, Reginald and Helen Parsons Shepherd, Don Wright and Anne Meredith Barry regularly featured. The gallery also showcases an ever-changing array of exhibits from talented artists from around the world.

Most creative?

They say Newfoundland and Labrador has the most creative people per capita of anywhere else in North America. Perhaps that's true. Certainly the quantity and diversity of the art galleries here seems to back that theory up – as do the many excellent artist-in-residence programs and retreats across the province.

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