By Dale Jarvis
Stories of strange beasts and mythical creatures are popular all over the world, but there seems to be a special place for them in Newfoundland and Labrador. Part of that might have to do with the strong storytelling tradition here, and part of it might have to do with the importance that local folklore still holds for communities.
Through the years these stories have beentold leaving the shapes, colours and textures to the imagination of those listening. The Craft Council Gallery is changing all of that, and has invited local artists to take the stories of these strange beasts and bring them into the material world. Bringing these creatures to life through the hands of craftspeople is to celebrate the diversity of the province’s cultural heritage.
Between October 11, 2019 - November 17, 2019, the Craft Council Gallery Presents: Crafted Beasts, A Cabinet of Curiosities of Newfoundland Beasts. Designed as a creepy Victorian museum show curated by the fictional Duckworth Cryptozoological Society, this is an immersive exhibition where visitors can explore the magical world of folk tales and the Newfoundland and Labrador storytelling tradition. Come meet the Old Hag, sea monsters, and the fairy folk, as well as the tales behind them.
The exhibit features the work of craft producers Anita Singh, Charlene Denief, Graham Blair, Janet Peter, Michael Harlick, Renee Holloway, Susan Furneaux, Tucker Ellis, and Vicky Northey, with text by folklorist and storyteller Dale Jarvis.
October 11, 2019 - November 17, 2019
Crafted Beasts, A Cabinet of Curiosities of Newfoundland Beasts
275 Duckworth Street (entrance to Gallery off Solomon’s Lane)
St. John's, NL
Editor's Note: Check out the video below of Craft Council Gallery Director Bruno Vinhas talking about the upcoming Crafted Beats exhibit. For more on Newfoundland Beasts, check out "Beware These Beasts" by Dale Jarvis in the October 2019 issue of Downhome.