This Week @ Norton’s Cove

It’s going to be a busy week for Norton’s Cove! With the 48th Annual Christmas Craft Fair hosted by the Craft Council of NL coming up, today is a day of production. Finishing paintings that I hope to sell at the fair, and finishing off my latest edition of prints, which are still being water-coloured by hand.

The Craft Fair lasts for 4 days. But the prep-time makes it a much bigger portion of time for us. On Monday, Duke will get my wooden booth structure out of the wood-shed and set it up in the middle of the studio. We’ll set it up exactly as we want it to look at the show, including lights, extension cords, wrapping supplies, extra stock, etc. On Tuesday, I’ll pack it all up ready to go in the truck on Wednesday morning, when we take off for town. Wednesday is set-up day- all out of the truck again, hopefully easy enough because we already know where everything goes! Wednesday is also the day we get to see friends that we don’t get to see often, as we’ve gotten to know quite a few other craftspeople over the years. We’ve been doing this show almost every year since 2002, and I’ve been a member of the Craft Council of NL since 1990! On Sunday night we’ll pack it all up again, heading home on Monday. It’ll take all day Tuesday just to get everything put away in the studio again, and back to normal.

Norton’s Cove Studio is open: 10-6 today!
We’ll be closed for the rest of the week, until November 15th.

Norton’s Cove Café is planning its Annual Tibb’s Eve event: tickets will be available on December 1st!

If you’d like to ‘pre-shop’ to ensure you get what you’re looking for, please order in the online shop and leave a note for me that you’d like to pick it up at the Craft Fair! And then choose ‘pick up in store’ in the shipping information to save the cost of shipping!

Save the Date:

Norton’s Cove Studio’s
Annual Christmas Party & Sale
happens on Friday, December 2nd, starting at 7pm!

All sorts of treats to start the festive season: prizes, music, food & drink, and 25% off everything in the shop!

And subscribers to my eNewsletter get a special discount code in their inbox to use for one day only, December 1st!

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This Week @ Norton’s Cove

I’ve got lots going on here at Norton’s Cove this week! Mat hooking, planning for Christmas at the Café, a new edition of prints ready for watercolour, making Christmas tree ornaments, painting 19 canvas panels (16 of which are still just white in these pictures!) with smudge herring, and working with partner Davis Shipping Limited which is changing its name to Norton’s Cove Marine Inc.! More on that later!

The small paintings ($65 each) will be available soon for pickup at the studio or the Craft Fair, as well as the new edition of 25 prints: The View from Shallop Cove. Look for them in the online shop soon for pre-order! Duke’s tiny disc fender wreaths are available now in store for $12 each, as well as our tiny lobster buoys in sets of three.

Norton’s Cove Studio is open: 10-6 Wednesday to Sunday!

Norton’s Cove Café is planning its Annual Tibb’s Eve event: tickets will be available on December 1st!

Duke and I are excited to be registered for this event again this year- this is the only Craft Fair that Norton’s Cove Studio attends. If you’d like to ‘pre-shop’ to ensure you get what you’re looking for, please order in the online shop and leave a note for me that you’d like to pick it up at the Craft Fair! And then choose ‘pick up in store’ in the shipping information to save the cost of shipping!

Save the Date:

Norton’s Cove Studio’s
Annual Christmas Party & Sale
happens on Friday, December 2nd, starting at 7pm!

All sorts of treats to start the festive season: prizes, music, food & drink, and 25% off everything in the shop!

Tonight!

Tonight, at the Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown (the New in New-Wes-Valley!), our dear friends Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes are performing at the stage at the Waterfront Premises. I hope to see you there! Duke and I are excited to be taking an evening off work at Norton’s Cove to go and be a part of the audience. I hope there’s a crowd!

RIP Jack Davis

Jack Davis was born December 16th 2010 at Eastern Kennels in the Goulds, NL. He was adopted by Janet Davis, Duke Kelloway, and Fred Kelloway in April of 2011. He lived a full and happy life with his family and friends who loved him dearly. He died today, aged 11 years. His family would like to thank all those dear to him who came to visit and sent words of love during his illness these past few weeks. Ever remembered, ever loved. Jack was more than a good dog- he was a once in a lifetime love.

  • Ship Island May 2019

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Some images taken from around this old shop today… have I mentioned lately just how much I love my studio?

Printing in green ink today and sipping Gros Morne Coffee Roasters’ Mexico-Chiapas Medium Roast with a gorgeous crema. Nice that it’s also fresh, local, fair trade, and organic.

Blue

I’m not blue. Well, my hands are. We’ve been printing blue cards and bookmarks today, on to mini-prints tomorrow. I’ve got plenty of orders to keep me printing for the next couple of weeks. It’s a great time to drop in for a visit, to see printmaking in action!

Blue inked printing plates and cards on a drying rack.

We’re sampling some coffee from Gros Morne Coffee Roasters in the espresso machine at the studio, and today’s cup of Tuckamore Blend I can quote was the “best cup of coffee I’ve ever tasted” according to JW. The roasting company describes it as “a sweet, full-bodied, creamy blend that produces a lovely crema, makes a great espresso.” And we agree! You’ll be able to find Gros Morne coffee beans at the Café’s giftshop this summer!

Hiring @ Norton’s Cove!

Norton’s Cove Studio & Café is looking for three team players who qualify as participants in the Canada Summer Jobs program:

Art Salesperson
11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday; 35 hours/week
July 3rd 2022 – August 27 2022 (8 weeks)
$15/hour
This position has been filled.

Host/Hostess: Food Service
10am-2pm & 5-9pm Wednesday to Sunday; 40 hours/week
June 12th – September 17th 2022 (14 weeks)
$13.50/hour + tips
This position has been filled.

Assistant Chef
2-10pm Wednesday to Sunday; 40 hours/week
June 12th – September 17th 2022 (14 weeks)
$13.50/hour + tips
This position has been filled.

If you are interested in art, the beauty of this part of the world, great food, and smiling people, please apply!
Send your resumé and a cover letter telling us why you’d like to be a part of Team Norton’s Cove.

By email:

nortonscovestudio@nf.aibn.com

Or by mail:

Norton’s Cove Studio Inc.
P. O. Box 223
New-Wes-Valley, NL
A0G 4R0

Product Spotlight

I am still going through inventory, adding more and more to the sales table which is pretty full- but there’s more getting added before the end of today! There are hundreds of cards & mini-prints up for grabs at 50% off here in-store. Cards listed at $7.25 are now $3.63 each, and mini-prints listed at $14.50 are now $7.25 each. And there are quite a few larger pieces on sale too. Have a look in the online shop!

1st Studio & Café Update of 2022!

January brings a 40% off sale on Norton's Cove apparel for those who subscribe to the Norton's Cove eNewsletter!  Just enter the discount code 2022 in the checkout in the online shop, or remind me in person at Norton's Cove Studio!

I am back to regular hours in the studio, and am putting together a plan of future events at the Café and Lower Deck to be added to our events calendar as we nail down dates and happenings. While I’m doing lots of paperwork today and taking down Christmas decorations here at the studio, enjoy this from a couple of my favourite people: Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes’ Old Christmas Day video (which my brother Trev and sister-in-law Dana just so happens to appear in!)

Norton’s Cove Studio’s winter hours: Please do stop in to browse the shop, to chat about the latest books you’ve read, to apply for a summer job at the studio & café, or to sit around hooking mats! We’d love to see you (with a mask on, of course! )

Sunday
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Printing

I’m in the studio this evening, printing a special order. Working during Christmas week- by choice, as my studio is an awesome place to hang out. Here is my view:

You may be thinking that with the largest COVID numbers released today from the government of NL would make me want to lock my doors and keep people out. But here are my own numbers: So far this month, I’ve had 29 visitors to my shop. So an average of about 1/day. Not exactly shoulder to shoulder nor a big COVID risk. So the door is unlocked, and the OPEN sign is facing the street. If you know how to wear a mask, drop in!