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Central Newfoundland Visual Arts Society (CNVAS)

Mural produced by Central Newfoundland Visual Arts Society (CNVAS)

For over thirty years the Central Newfoundland Visual Arts Society or “CNVAS” has served to encourage local artists of all ages and foster an appreciation of the visual arts in Central Newfoundland. CNVAS brings artists and aspirants together and links them to artists and other arts organizations from outside the area. Based in Grand Falls-Windsor, a volunteer group of elected executive members carry out the organizational work of the group.

At present there are over a hundred active members. CNVAS sponsors a number of projects for its members including: weekend workshops with visiting artists, mini workshops with CNVAS members, four newsletters, and three art exhibitions each year. It also encourages and financially supports members who want to hold solo or group shows. Each November it holds the CNVAS Craft Fair and Art Auction, and in recent years an ‘Art Swap and Pot-Luck Social’ has been held each winter where members are invited to bring a piece of art work to be ‘swapped’ with another member by a draw.

The organization continues to sponsor a number of projects which serve to enrich and promote the artistic community of the central region, including two art procurement projects; a Youth Art Competition, and a scholarship fund.

Since the late 1990s CNVAS has been involved with a number of mural projects, including murals on Church Park Road and the Historical Mural Project which saw fifteen local youth research, develop and design historical murals. These are now housed at the YMCA, the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts, and located on High Street, and Main Street. In 2005 CNVAS participated in the Centennial Project for the town: Twenty-seven members took the challenge of painting a four foot by five inch ‘slice’ of a much larger work. The scene depicts an early view of High Street from the last century and now hangs in the Joe Byrne Stadium.

In short, CNVAS sees to it that the visual arts are seen and felt in the center of the province and that central Newfoundland artists are represented to the rest of the province and beyond.

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