This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

Can you feel summer coming? The grass turned green this past week, my crocuses are blooming, and the sun is strong even when it’s still cold outside. And of course the icebergs are here there and everywhere. This time of year, it’s fun to have a look first thing in the morning to see if any icebergs have drifted away or broken apart, or if new bergs have appeared. They are beautiful, no matter how many we see.

I’ve been doing some shop-keeping, updating displays both in the studio and the Café’s Gift Shop, and I’ll be printing late this afternoon and tomorrow. We’d love to see you here!

Mother’s Day photo-litho I made a billion years ago while a student at NSCAD University: my mom with a red rose overlaid. The tradition here was always to wear a red rose on Mother’s Day, or a white rose if your mom had already passed on.

This weekend, we’re wishing all moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! A special shout-out to my mom, Ollie Davis, to my mother-in-law, Louise Kelloway, and to my Aunt Gwyn, who has always been like a 2nd mother to me. I love you!

Here’s the schedule for Norton’s Cove Studio this week:

Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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

We have just a couple of openings left for Mother’s Day Brunch tomorrow. Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio to reserve your table. While we welcome walk-ins, we often can’t accommodate them. Please do make a reservation to avoid disappointment!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

Have a great weekend!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

I’m back to my regular hours here at the Studio this weekend! I’ve finished my 8 week contract with The Town of New-Wes-Valley to help set-up The REACH, and I’m pleased to be back in the studio getting cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks printed, packaged, and sent off to all the fabulous shops that carry my products!

While I have agreed to continue to do a little work at The REACH until the arts centre is ready to open, it will be a different schedule which allows me to get back to work at Norton’s Cove.

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

The Café is taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch which is just a couple of weeks away! Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio on Saturdays to reserve your table.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

Have a great weekend!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

Another busy weekend here at Norton’s Cove! I was thrilled to receive a flower delivery from my friends Ashley & Aladdin on Friday afternoon! Ashley has been a long-time supporter of Norton’s Cove- I first met her as a teenage volunteer here in the studio. I employed her for a couple of summers, and taught her a few arty things that she continues to use in her career as an educator in Alberta. I still have my fingers crossed that they will make the move back to Newfoundland eventually, but for now, we keep a long-distance friendship!

Duke and I have been printing again, all day on Saturday, and again today, as St. George gave me the day off from my other short-term job which will be all done on Friday! I can’t believe how fast the weeks have gone by. You can check out the work I’ve been doing with my workmate Suzette Sheppard over at the newly designed website for The REACH! I’ve been very happy to be a part of the lovely changes being made at our local art gallery, museum, archive, and new artisan showcases! It’ll have a grand re-opening this summer. I will also be happy to get back to my regular schedule here at the studio! I’ve got lots to do!

The Café is now taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch! Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio on Saturdays to reserve your table. And it’s only another few weeks until we open the Café for regular hours again! I’m so looking forward to that!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

See you soon!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

It’s a beautiful day here in Norton’s Cove. Some very small bits of ice ice floating around in the cove, the sun is shining into the studio, and it’s not blowing a storm (oddly!). Because my other job gives me today off (stat holiday), I can go ahead and get some work done here in my natural habitat! I’d love to see you if you’re out and about- drop in with the family to see printmaking in action in a c.1890 heritage building! I’ll be printing all afternoon, as printapalooza restarts today. Printapalooza is what I call doing an entire print run: all designs in all colour options, as needed, usually more than a thousand prints.

We have new necklaces and wine charms in stock from Karlande Designs of Clarenville. Andrea Sharpe makes lovely pieces from sea-glass found on our shores and sterling silver. Each piece is gift-boxed with care instructions, and even includes a sticker! You’ll find them here in-store only.

This coming week, I’ll be celebrating my 20th business anniversary! Norton’s Cove Studio Inc. was incorporated on April 19th, 2002, and I’m happy that I’m still in business. The struggles are not over, far from it, but I count my blessings in this life I have here in my beautiful hometown every day. I understand how privileged I am to own my own home (which now boasts a hot-tub & sun-room! I’m so impressed we could make that happen! Thank you Duke!) and to be able to offer something special here to visitors and locals alike. I’m very proud of what my Team Norton’s Cove and all our supporters have accomplished. And so, on that day, I’m offering a sale in the online shop to subscribers to my eNewsletter (subscribe here): 40% off all my cards, mini-prints, limited edition prints, one-of-a-kind pieces, and Norton’s Cove Apparel. Enter the discount code TWENTY at the checkout. The sale will be online only, with orders delivered by Canada Post, or picked up in-store on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Café is now taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch! Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio on Saturdays to reserve your table.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

I’m happy to be in my studio today (10am-6pm) getting things sorted to start #printapalooza again. Even though the shop is closed for most of the week, there is still lots happening in the background. Duke has been making thump mats and wreaths so that we are well stocked for the busy summer season. I’ve ordered some new beautiful things from other artisans, and I’m getting my print-list ready to start printing today.

We have new necklaces and wine charms in stock from Karlande Designs of Clarenville. Andrea Sharpe makes lovely pieces from sea-glass found on our shores and sterling silver. Each piece is gift-boxed with care instructions, and even includes a sticker! You’ll find them here in-store only.

Later this month, I’ll be celebrating my 20th business anniversary! Norton’s Cove Studio Inc. was incorporated on April 19th, 2002, and I’m happy that I’m still in business. The struggles are not over, far from it, but I count my blessings in this life I have here in my beautiful hometown every day. I understand how privileged I am to own my own home (which now boasts a hot-tub & sun-room! I’m so impressed we could make that happen! Thank you Duke!) and to be able to offer something special here to visitors and locals alike. I’m very proud of what my Team Norton’s Cove and all our supporters have accomplished. And so, on that day, I’m offering a sale in the online shop to subscribers to my eNewsletter (subscribe here): 40% off all my cards, mini-prints, limited edition prints, one-of-a-kind pieces, and Norton’s Cove Apparel. Enter the discount code TWENTY at the checkout.

The Café is now taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch! Contact me via e-mail or text or at the studio on Saturdays to reserve your table.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10am-3pm

Our first icebergs have been here all week, peeking out of the fog, and now we have pack-ice coming quite close to shore too. There’s quite a large iceberg near Wesleyville, easily visible as you’re walking/driving down the road. And of course, with all that ice around, it’s time to remember to watch for big moving white things- polar bears like to hitch a ride on that ice, and while we don’t see them here very often, it is something to keep in mind this time of year while out hiking with the dog!

Hope to see you soon!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove Studio

Open Studio Saturday is on Sunday this weekend! Yesterday, the weather was pretty messy, and I thought today would be a better day to spend in the studio, with some Sunday drivers stopping in to visit. I’m here 10am-6pm, getting ready for next weekend’s Craft & Gift show in St. John’s (so the studio will be closed next weekend).

As you may already know, I am working away from Norton’s Cove for a few weeks Monday to Friday on a special project with the Town of New-Wes-Valley, so the studio is open just on Saturdays until May. I also come in sometimes from about 4-6pm, and Duke has been spending some time here making rope mats during the week, so please do drop in whenever you see the open sign!

This Week at Norton’s Cove Studio

Norton’s Cove Studio is open today 10-6! I’d love to see you if you’re out and about on this beautiful sunny March day. You can come just to see the printmaking process in action, browse the shop, enjoy an Americano, or work on your own artistic project! Everyone is welcome.

As you may already know, I am working away from Norton’s Cove for a few weeks Monday to Friday on a special project, so the studio is open just on Saturdays until May. I also come in sometimes in the evening, and Duke has been spending some time here making rope mats during the week, so please do drop in whenever you see the open sign!

A word about masks: I am leaving this up to customers. While I’ll continue to wear a mask for now, I expect each customer/visitor to make up their own minds about how careful you want to be about catching any viruses.

Sale

It’s Saturday evening at the studio, and fun gal that I am, I am doing a little inventory counting here in my shop. Have I mentioned that 2022 will mark my 20th year in business at Norton’s Cove Studio? Of course I have! In 20 years, I’ve made quite a lot of artwork. And some editions have sold quicker than others. While looking at my inventory tonight, I decided to set some ridiculous sales prices on some of those older pieces. And some other shop stock too: books, chocolate, etc. In store, you’ll find a table of other items marked down by 50% too.

Scroll through the online shop and look for the red sale buttons- no discount code necessary!

Studio Update


Smudge Herring: Just Keep Swimming is already swimming out the door to adorn new walls! The edition of 25 + 3 Trial Proofs and 1 Bon a Tirér are matted and available in the online shop. The weather has been too grey to take their picture since finishing them up- as soon as I see the sun, there will be new pictures on the website!


Smudge Herring: Just Keep Swimming on the press.

My trusty Studio Assistant, Taylor, and I are in the midst of #printapalooza again- printing cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks in our regular line-up of colours and designs. So far, we’ve finished red, red-blue, and we’re back in black today. We’d love for you to stop by to show you a little printmaking in action!

#printapalooza is what I call a big print run of Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks in each of the standard colours (red, red-yellow, orange, red-blue, blue, blue-green, green, black, and grey) and all the 30-something different designs! We’ll be printing a thousand or so pieces in the next couple of weeks!

Norton’s Cove Studio is open
10am – 6pm Wednesday through Saturday
10am – 3pm Sunday

The online shop is open 24/7 of course,
and you can choose to have your items shipped to you,
or you can ‘pick-up in-store’

Studio Update


This Trial Proof shows how the ink picks up on all the carved background area.

While today will be filled with some merchandising and a lot of paperwork that I need to catch up on, yesterday held some excitement for me, as I spent some time proofing my brand new linocut plate of smudge herring.

Here is the printing plate with the fish inked up, but not the background. To be able to do that, I cut each fish out of the linoleum, inked them separately, and then placed them back in the clean background, ready to print.
Here is the result of that separate inking process- you’ll notice that the background texture still shows, but the ink is only on the fish.
This one is my favourite so far- green and gold, printing to look very blue/green in this image.
A close up of the fish from that last Trial Proof.

Norton’s Cove Studio is open
10am – 6pm Wednesday through Saturday
10am – 3pm Sunday

The online shop is open 24/7 of course,
and you can choose to have your items shipped to you,
or you can ‘pick-up in-store’.