Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Join our Mailing List
Join our Mailing List - Click Here

featured projects

Central Newfoundland Visual Art Society
2012 Community Mural, Artist Workshop & Lecture Series

Town: Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
NLAC Program Funded Under: Community Arts Program
Amount Funded: $3,640

Artists with Dead Man's Rock, Exploits River, Private Collection
Artists with Dead Man's Rock, Exploits River, Private Collection

Dates: December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012
Address: PO Box 52, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2J3
Website: http://www.cnvas.ca

Artist Contact: Alice Dicks / JoAnne Maeck
Artist E-mail: alice.dicks@nf.sympatico.ca or JoAnne.Maeck@centralhealth.nl.ca

The Central Newfoundland Visual Art Society has made great strides forward for the regional arts community it has worked to support since 1977. While the society started with eight members, its membership network now exceeds 100. The group was future-thinking as early as 1985, when Project 2000 was established to promote Newfoundland and Labrador born artists and their work. It led to the procurement of more then forty pieces that are exhibited in the Gwendolyn Cooper Gallery in the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts. Since then, additional procurement programs have been developed as well as a Youth Art Competition to inspire and encourage a new generation of artists. The society also works to provide its membership with valuable exhibition exposure, resources, workshops and lectures. This year, Marlene Creates and Gerard Curtis will lead two lectures on contemporary art practice for CNVAS.

Artists with Carmelite Road (miniature), Private Collection
Artists with Carmelite Road (miniature), Private Collection

As early as 1997, the CNVAS love affair with creating murals began by partnering with the local Kiwanis Club to create murals in Church Road Park. That lead to a second project the following year called the Historical Mural Project, which added colour to the YMCA, the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts, High Street and Main Street. In 2005, a new approach to murals- 27 artists each prepared a four foot by five inch square, all to be comprised together for one larger piece, now in the Joe Byrne Stadium. In 2009, CNVAS was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Hall of Honour at the 24th annual Arts Awards. Still dedicated to making opportunities for artists to create and exhibit, CNVAS is leading the way for the 2012 Community Mural project, supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Q & A with JoAnne Maeck...

NLAC: So, what happens for artists who get to take part in the 2012 Community Mural with CNVAS?

JoAnne: All CNVAS members are eligible to participate in the mural project. A call for submissions is sent out by email or in the newsletter requesting photographs and volunteers to create the mural. Once the number of participants is established; the design, size and format of the work evolves.

NLAC: What will the creative approach be for the 2012 Community Mural project? Are there any expectations on the visual subject matter?

JoAnne: In 2011, we discovered that the miniature mural projects are quite popular with CNVAS members and the general public. The larger murals require more time to complete and adequate space for exhibition. It is likely that the 2012 Community Mural project will include a combination of both sizes. Buchans, NL will be celebrating their Come Home Year in 2012 so CNVAS may feature a scene from that part of the central region.

Trestle, Bishop Falls Centennial, Private Collection
Trestle, Bishop Falls Centennial, Private Collection

NLAC: How can artists get involved and are there any eligibility requirements?

JoAnne: The only eligibility requirement is that they’re a member in good standing with CNVAS and available for the mural workshop date.

NLAC: What’s the motivation behind the 2012 Community Mural project and where will the artwork be seen?

JoAnne: It is our intention to complete this year’s mural for the CNVAS Spring and/or Fall Exhibition at the Gwendolyn Cooper Gallery as well as participate in Art Ex 2012. Our murals are another element of fundraising for our other programs.

Purple Flag Mural, Dr. H Bliss Murphy Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor (GFW)
Purple Flag Mural, Dr. H Bliss Murphy Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor (GFW)

NLAC: How do the artists approach making their contribution, are resources or space provided? Mediums used?

JoAnne: CNVAS can always depend on the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts, Nova School Board or the IBEX Community Room to provide workshop space for CNVAS projects. We primarily work in acrylics but, mixed media has been utilized by a few artists in our past mural projects. NLAC grants provide art supplies and access to new art techniques. For instance, the egg tempera style taught by Di Dabinett (NLAC funding, 2011) may find its way into our next miniature mural project.

NLAC: This isn’t the first mural-type project CNVAS has embarked on, why is it important to do them?

JoAnne: The murals represent “the sum of all parts” - much like our CNVAS membership. Individually, we all have our individual styles and artistic interpretation. The murals bring varying techniques together in a collective effort. The young and old, new and seasoned artists share in the creation of something unique - preserving a piece of cultural history.

Leach Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Private Collection
Leach Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Private Collection

NLAC: What additional opportunities and resources does CNVAS offer its membership?

JoAnne: CNVAS attempts to blend art knowledge and experience with fellowship and community.

NLAC: Why are the types of programs and projects offered by CNVAS important for the artists in central Newfoundland and Labrador?

JoAnne: Our NLAC funded workshops and lecture series allows our membership to have an opportunity to gain new insight or skills for artistic development. Our New to You workshops offer emerging artists basic techniques and employs fellow CNVAS artists as instructors.

NLAC: How does CNVAS work to help young and/or emerging artists?

JoAnne: CNVAS currently sponsors an entry and continuing education scholarships in Fine Art. The youth art program promotes participation in the arts at all school age levels.

NLAC: Is there anything you would like to add?

JoAnne: The dedication to visual arts by this group of volunteers is reflected in the success of CNVAS. I am very proud to be a member.