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Craft Council of
Newfoundland and Labrador

Devon House Craft Centre
59 Duckworth Street
St. John's NL, Canada
A1C 1E6
Tel: (709) 753-2749
Fax: (709) 753-2766
Email: [email protected]

Exhibitions in the Gallery


Join us on the second floor of Devon House to see 'The Game' and 'Holding Patterns' by Michelle Chaulk and Rachel Ryan in the main Gallery, and 'Rustic Revolution' in the Annex Gallery.

HOLDING PATTERNS showcases the work of noted textile artist Rachel Ryan, featuring fabric collages and tapestries created within the last 6 years. 

Ryan investigates the various meanings suggested by her title, whether it is pattern in the textile sense or breaking free of the "holding pattern" of military wife and daughter. In this mini-retrospective, the artist takes us through six years of her nature-based imagery with a mosaic quality. Mainly autobiographical in theme, she explores the role of being a female artist and mother in our contemporary world. Ryan's most recent works evoke the evolving awareness of women. She notes that she has learned how not to fight the changing tides of life and that she no longer asks for "permission to land". 

With THE GAME Corner Brook goldsmith Michele Chaulk presents a suite of pendants combining precious metals and mixed media that demand to be seen from both sides.

Michele Chaulk's artist statement reads like a feminist rant as she recounts the frustrations of unfair wage practices that she encounters as a woman goldsmith and artist. She explores the duality of precious and non-precious materials and the roles and value attributed to men and women in this show. Chaulk calls upon the familiar motifs found in the King and Queen of playing cards to question conventional values. Several of the pendants are displayed on stands to allow viewers to experience them aesthetically as three-dimensional, sculptural objects that demonstrate thematically that every discussion has at least two sides.


Rustic Revolution is a silent auction of work by the late Murray Swantee. Come be astonished by the delicacy of the organic forms used in his woodworking, from smaller pieces to larger tables and chairs. The Swantee family has generously donated a collection of works by Swantee, a longtime member and supporter of the Craft Council and an exceptional craftsperson. Celebrate the life and work of Murray Swantee and support the Craft Council Gallery by bringing home one of his delicate, finely crafted pieces to enrich your home for years to come.

To see the pieces that will be up for silent auction and their starting bids, see them on the Gallery page here.