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Fare & SQUARE Salon Soiree 2019

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to support Eastern Edge while going home with a unique work of art! The finest local artists have been invited to participate in this annual fundraiser, creating an original 8”x 8” artwork on birch panel. How can you get your hands on one of these fabulous pieces, you ask? You need to purchase a ticket here or at Eastern Edge and attend or send a friend to our salon soiree on December 15 2019.

The Soiree will run from 6 – 10pm with the draw taking place at 7pm.

At the soiree, we will give you a complimentary ✨fancy✨ cocktail to enjoy while taking in all the specially created artworks filling an entire wall. Ticket numbers will then be drawn at random. When your lucky number is called, you may select one of the available artworks! This is a rare chance to receive a wonderful piece of art at a very reasonable price. It is a fun gamble not knowing what you will go home with, but a relatively safe one – all invited artists are AWESOME! We will be doing our best to cultivate a sense of excitement and tension at the soirée. At the end of the selection process ticket holders have the extra option of trading their work with the gallery for a wildcard piece of art – (for a fee.) There will only be  100 tickets available for this exclusive event. The tickets are $200 and for that price, you will receive an original 8×8″ artwork, a fancy cocktail and of course take part in an evening of art, music and fun!

Each of the artists below are donating a specially created artwork for this fundraiser (The list of artists grows daily). We are blown away by the generosity of our wonderful art pals. Eastern Edge Art Gallery is a charity and as such we are so grateful for your continued support. If you have any questions about this event, do not hesitate to contact us gallery@easternedge.ca


(em)brace

Michelle MacKinnon
January 11th – February 22nd, 2019

(em)brace explores how the notion of home can endure and evolve, drifting between the deconstruction and adoration of things and people. In fragmented states that exist between the real and remembered, the objects drawn are intimately preserved to create a mapping of sorts – a rendering of the once familiar. Working with textiles provides a tactile link to familial memories of home–what is remembered, imagined or convinced to be. Blankets, mittens, socks and sweaters become disconnected from their more utilitarian intent, no longer serving their purposes associated with clothing and warmth, but rather act as a narrative of time and place. Through these systematically structured textiles, I calm the desire for permanence in an attempt to (re)familiarize and fit myself into a new understanding of what was, or still could be, home.

Michelle MacKinnon is an artist and educator currently living and working in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. MacKinnon graduated with an MFA and BFA in Visual Arts from York University and has since taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Corner Brook, NL), York University (Toronto, ON) and Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, ON). She has participated in residencies and exhibitions internationally (Canada, United States and Russia), with an upcoming residency at Casa (Lethbridge, AB) and solo exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery (Corner Brook, NL) in 2020. MacKinnon is currently a visiting artist-in-residence at the Grenfell Art Gallery.

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Towards an ENCYCLOPEDIA of LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Chapter III: The Middle River

Jerry Evans & Pam Hall

April 24- June 06,  2020

You can explore the encyclopedia online here 

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THE MIDDLE RIVER is Chapter III in the ELK and was researched and created in partnership with Mi’kmaw artist, Jerry Evans and supported by the Band Council in Miawpukek/Conne River. Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (ELK) is a collaborative art-and-knowledge project by Pam Hall and community collaborators in rural Newfoundland. It explores art as a form of making and moving knowledge and reveals many ways of knowing that are local, living, and still fruitfully in use.

CHAPTER III: THE MIDDLE RIVER is based on more than one hundred days of research in Conne River, NL and reveals some of the place-based knowledge shared by more than 70 collaborators there. Gathered by three community youth researchers and the two artists, the pages and
panels that make up this chapter, reveal local knowledge on ecology, fishing, baking, food preservation, hunting, canoe-building, traditional craft practices, foraging for berries and some traditional Mi’Kmaq customs, cultural values and ways of being in the world. It builds on some
of the community-specific knowledge that has already been gathered and makes it visible, alongside newly gathered local knowledge, so it can be shared, presented, honoured and celebrated.

Pam Hall’s work in rural locations in Newfoundland and elsewhere has been ongoing since the
late 1980s. Drawn deeply to place and to the labour of practice (and the practice of labour), she
has worked with and around rural knowledge-holders, especially in the fisheries, for many
years. The Middle River collaboration with Jerry Evans is not her first project working with
others and she has a long record of collaborative creation. Jerry Evans is a senior Mi’Kmaw
visual artist, curator and filmmaker. His work has explored his indigenous heritage through
painting, printmaking, and film, and he curated FIRST, the 1996 inaugural exhibition of
indigenous art in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Middle River is his first major collaboration
with another artist and represents his ongoing exploration and celebration of Mi’kmaw and
other indigenous experience in NL.
The Evans/Hall collaboration advances research-based and community-engaged practice in the
region and country at the same time as building a mindful process of ethical relationships
between artists and communities. It also supports a deep creative partnership between an
indigenous and non-indigenous artist and enables the development of strategies and protocols
working hard and consciously towards reconciliation. It will also build models for working
responsibly and respectfully within communities, crafting protocols for collaboration and
working with community youth. In its direct challenge of Western notions of art, of knowledge
and of the solitary artist as sole creator of their work—this project makes visible in a direct and
powerful way the fact that art and knowledge are social and are never produced “alone”.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Jerry Evans
The knowledge of my people has been central to my artistic practice and my ongoing ways of
living in this place and time. Decades ago, I came to Miawpukek /Conne River to learn—to look
and listen carefully to those who had experience and deep knowledge of living in place—in this
place at this time. My practice still involves research in the creation process and is still and
continuously tied and linked to this place, Miawpukek, where I have danced at pow wow for
more than twenty years. The local clinic is named for the great-grandmother of my children.
This is a place that matters to me. THE MIDDLE RIVER has enabled me to develop new skills and
relationships in this exciting collaborative work of revealing and sharing the traditional and
contemporary local knowledge of Conne River.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Pam Hall
THE MIDDLE RIVER has extended and enriched the Encyclopedia (ELK) project profoundly.
Making the case that all knowledge is neither white, nor in English, this new collection of local
knowledge from Conne River/Miawpukek also represents new strategies of research-creation
and community collaboration that have stretched and strengthened my own practice
immeasurably. It has been a privilege to make this knowledge visible and to work with its
holders to share it widely.