The Water Street Gallery holds annual summer and winter gallery exhibitions in the heart of downtown St. John's. A retail gallery, the juried shows feature artwork from both emerging and established artists, and provides visitors with the opportunity to view Newfoundland & Labrador history and culture through the eyes of our talented local artist.

Visit The Gallery

 

309 Water Street
2nd Floor, Heritage Shop
St. John's, NL
(709) 739-7994
gallery@historicsites.ca

Current Gallery Hours

Mon: Closed for the day
Tues: Closed for the day
Wed: 10:00am-5:30pm (April)
Thu: 10:00am-5:30pm (Amber)
Fri: 10:00am-5:30pm (Patsy)
Sat: 10:00am-5:30pm (Amber)
Sun: 10:00am-5:30pm (Wendy)

Now Showing

"Do You See What I See?"
Cooperative Artist Exhibition
Nov 12th to Dec 23rd, 2017

Amber Le-Drew Bonvarlez
April Learie
Patsy Gosse
Wendy Shirran

 


Do You See What I See?

The Water Street Gallery is proud to be featuring the cooperative artist exhibition "Do You See What I See?". The show features new work by Patsy Gosse (Photography), April Learie (Mixed Media), Wendy Shirran (Pottery) and Amber LeDrew-Bonvarlez (Painting). In addition to featuring their work, the artists will also be taking turns staffing the show, so visitors will always have the opportunity to speak with an artist and watch a demonstration of their work.

Meet the Artists



April Learie - Mixed Media

April first turned her artistic inclinations into a small business ten years ago, offering her fused glass creations for sale at local crafts fairs. However, five years ago she was looking for a change and new inspiration, which she found during her frequent visits to rural Newfoundland. A lifelong beachcomber, April began creating her unique Outports to utilize the driftwood and other found objects that washed up on our province’s shores. The result is colourful miniature houses, with teeny clotheslines and gardens, reminiscent of our island’s rural communities.

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      April Learie

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Patsy Gosse     


Patsy Gosse - Photography

Patsy is a self-taught photographer who is inspired by the iconic scenes and landscape of her home province, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her foray into professional photography began as a way to fundraise for a family in need, but it quickly grew to become a vibrant small business. Now, fifteen years later, Patsy is a busy artist, often found selling her work at local craft fairs and shows. Patsy is constantly finds new inspiration in this island we call home, and has recently started showcasing her pieces in reclaimed wooden windows, with the rustic frames enhancing the rural charm of her pieces.

Amber LeDrew-Bonvarlez - Painting

A native Newfoundlander, Amber received an Honours Fine Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Southwestern Ontario and Newfoundland, and she has also worked as an educator and manager at several galleries - both at major institutions and independent businesses. Through her mixed media paintings, Amber explores the subjects of solitude and nostalgic sentimentality. Using a variety of mediums, she endeavours to evoke memory and create a harmony between these two elements through the layering of paint and carefully chosen sheet music.

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Amber LeDrew-Bonvarlez

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Wendy Shirran

 

Wendy Shirran - Pottery

Wendy first discovered her connection with clay while working towards her BEd Art Specialist at NSCADU. Since graduating in 2003, Wendy has spent most of her time teaching the fundamentals of ceramics and creating one-of-a kind pieces for exhibition. She is currently working at the Craft Council of as Clay Studio Coordinator. Wendy draws inspiration from her international travels, natural and built environments she connects with – flora, fauna, architecture, textures and patterns. She translates this inspiration into carefully thought out patterns and designs, which she applies using a variety of surface decorating methods including silk screen transfer, slip trailing, luster and glaze application.


Past Gallery Exhibitions

Artist-in-Residence: Amber LeDrew-Bonvarlez
September 13th to October 22nd, 2017
Amber offered the public a glimpse into her artistic process as she created new works right before their eyes. During the show she focused on creating new mixed media paintings, while also offering for sale items from her Tickle Kids and home decor lines.

'Our Elements'
Summer 2017
Featured 29 local artists and explored the elements essential to Newfoundland and Labrador. Artists took this theme and interpreted it through memories, medium, emotions and events that reflect our province's unique history, culture and landscape.