Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in a small rural community, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
I blinked, and it’s December! Cue the bells, candy canes, and carols! I love Christmas. And on Friday, TOMORROW, I’ll be celebrating our 20th annual Christmas Party & Sale here in the studio. 20th! We didn’t do a party last year due to- you know- but there was one year when we had two parties, so I’m sticking to 20!
For those of you who want to shop online, there’s a 25% off discount code or a Free Shipping discount code that has been mailed out to my eNewsletter subscribers. If you didn’t get it, let me know, and I’ll get you hooked up. You can use those discount codes for the full month of December, as many times as you like.
I’d love for you to visit the studio, and I’m offering free coffee while you shop handmade. Hate the hustle and bustle of shopping in the big stores? Then stop in for a calm, relaxing shopping experience with a candy cane latté to warm your hands and the knowledge that you are supporting local, handmade, and independent! Every little purchase makes a big difference to small shops like mine.
Other cool gifts we have in stock here at Norton’s Cove Studio are:
Kate Fudge Art cards and earrings
Foggy Island Candles
Christmas Cards! Choose from Christmas Caplin, Poinsettia, Snowflakes, Christmas Ornament, or the latest, Christmas Cruiser.
Editioned Linocut prints
Jams, partridgeberry relish, chocolates, sauces, and soap from the Dark Tickle Company
Saltwater Spirit clay topped bottle corks
Norton’s Cove apparel: toques, t-shirts, and hoodies
Since my return from my most successful Christmas Craft Fair ever, I have been getting my beautiful shop tidied up, getting new framed pieces up on the wall, and gathering information for a new business project that I’m working on (more on that later). I’m getting the shop dressed up for Christmas (my favourite time of the year), and then it’ll be time to get at more printing (Christmas cards are running low) and back to making paintings.
I’d love for you to visit the studio, and I’m offering free coffee while you shop handmade. Hate the hustle and bustle of shopping in the big stores? Then stop in for a calm, relaxing shopping experience with a latté macchiato to warm your hands and the knowledge that you are supporting local, handmade, and independent! Every little purchase makes a big difference to small shops like mine. And of course, if you can’t get here in person, the online shop is open 24-7. If you have any questions, please just send me a note or give me a call.
Norton’s Cove Studio Estimated Hours of Operation: This is just a guideline of our usual hours- if you’re planning to visit from afar, please call ahead so that we don’t miss your visit!Sometimes I need to be elsewhere! And more often than not, I’m in the studio longer hours than listed! If the open sign is out, come on in, no matter what time it is 😉
I am still working away at more smudge herring paintings, and will have a number of them ready to go with frames by Sunday. I love painting them!
I’ve been attending the Craft Council of NL’s Christmas Craft Fair as a vendor most years since 2002. But long before Norton’s Cove Studio was born, I actually had a job with the Craft Council (or the NLCDA as it was known back then) as an assistant to the Craft Fair Director. The job lasted just a few weeks, and had me putting up thousands of posters all over St. John’s, helping to set up the venue- taping out booth sizes on the concrete floor of Memorial Stadium, lugging things about, helping craftspeople set up their booths, and manning the information/credit card booth. One of the best things about the Craft Fair is the people that I’ve met there over the past thirty years. And it’s the main reason Duke and I still bother to load up the truck with whatever we need and go to town for a few nights to sell our fine art pieces in an arena!
Tonight will be the 5th Friday night in a row that the studio has been open late, and I had hoped to get a few visitors in the door by offering up some special stuff- but in four weeks, four people in total have walked through the doors. I may be the daughter of Captain Oblivious, but I can take a hint. So there won’t be anything special (or at least nothing more special than usual) going on here on Friday nights. Just the regular charm of an 1890 general store with the aromas of freshly pulled espresso and oil paint. I’ll enjoy it by myself and stop worrying about trying to convince everyone else to love it too.
Norton’s Cove Studio Hours of Operation:
These hours will change with the beginning of November. I had planned to stay with my current hours until Christmas at least, but the weather has prevented me from having much time to do the things I want to do on my days off, and as a business owner, I have to take the few perks I do have, like making my own schedule, to make my life more enjoyable. So beginning on November 1st, the studio will be open by chance or appointment. I’ll still get my 40+ hours in, but I’ll be able to work in the garden on those rare sunny days! Artwork & paperwork can be done in the rain drizzle and fog!
There’s always something in the works at Norton’s Cove Studio, and you’re welcome to be a part of it! If you’re nervous about going out because of the coronavirus, then please feel free to shop from home with our online store or call in an order. You can pick it up or have it delivered without contact locally. We’re happy to bring you your Norton’s Cove fix!
Our 4th Friday Night @ Norton’s Cove is tonight!
Craft Demonstration: I will be working on a hooked mat! You can sign up for upcoming mat hooking workshops, the first of which is tomorrow.
Flash Sale: You’ll get 15% off your entire purchase from 6-9pm.
And we’ll be serving up cappuccinos, lattés, and americanos. If you’d like to take your coffee to go, please bring a travel mug.
I’m spending some time with my new 2020 calendar today, planning out the schedule of drawing classes, mat hooking workshops, and lino-cut printmaking workshops for the year.
Introduction to Drawing will run for eight weeks, starting in January, and will be offered at two different time-frames: 7-9 on Thursday nights, or 10am-noon on Friday mornings. This class will teach basic skills in drawing, including portraiture, using different drawing tools, and developing good practices.
Advanced Drawing will also run for eight weeks, starting in January, and will take place at the studio on Mondays. Students can choose a morning or evening time slot with this class as well. This class is designed for students who have already learned the basic skills, and will spend each class working on still life arrangements or models, with guidance.
I am planning Mat Hooking Workshops to happen about once a month. These workshops are designed for beginners, and let you experiment with texture, design, and technique. Each student will create a unique tiny mat during the one day workshop.
And my favourite thing to teach, Lino-cut Printmaking Workshops, are being planned for about once every three weeks. I am always amazed at the quality of work my students create in a one day workshop!
Looking forward to welcoming back some previous students, and meeting new ones!
Nothing like leading a mat hooking workshop to get me hooked on matting again… while my students were starting their 5 x 5″ mats today, I dove back into revamping Clifford’s Education Fund.
I’m hoping that the next Book Club book is available as an audio-book that I can listen to while finishing off this 8 x 10 foot hooked mat so that I can start a new piece on the same mat hooking frame. I find that the time spent listening to a book while mat hooking flies by- a great source of entertainment while still feeling like I’m getting lots of work accomplished: win win!
Available for purchase at the Craft Council Gallery until June 13th, 2015
My father mentioned a ‘waterhaul’ to me while creating this piece.
It was a term common amongst the generations of those who used cod traps. If your trap was empty, it would be said that you had a “waterhaul”, meaning that there were no codfish in it!
See my twitterfeed between February and May of this year to see the day by day workings of this installation. Each square took at least 5 hours of hooking. Thanks to all my tweeps and peeps who kept me feeling pumped about this project while I spent all those hours and late evenings sitting and hooking!