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Artists-in-Residence : Arts Northeast

Arts Northeast, established in 2011, is a collaborative group of award-winning visual artists living on the Northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula. Brenda Rowe founded the group to provide support to its members, a forum to learn and create together, as creating art is generally a solitary endeavor. While each artist has a different background, style and vision, we all have a desire to give voice to our personal, unique expressions. The result of our diverse experiences, encompassing a variety of mediums and styles, is an exhibit that provides a cohesive and exciting experience for our audience. Our exhibitions are tailored to appeal to the general public no matter what their level of sensory appreciation or artistic taste.


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

Meet Arts Northeast

Brenda Rowe is an award-winning artist, advocate, teacher and mentor. Brenda’s diverse portfolio of artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, and has been recognized with awards from the arts community. Brenda has over 20 years of art instruction experience and a teaching certificate from Memorial University. Brenda is the founder of Arts Northeast.

Michelle Whitten LaCour resides in St. John’s and is best known for her vibrant watercolour florals. While Michelle has painted a variety of subjects during her twenty five year art journey, she is now intrigued with the ancient medium of encaustic and is now painting nature with hot wax and a torch.

Dora Cooper paints realistic landscapes, seabirds and florals in acrylics and watercolour. She has been known to dabble in oil and pastels, loves light and shadow, luscious colour, the smell and sounds of the sea, and gulls. Her goal for each of her paintings is that it speaks to the viewer in a way that is personal for them.

Joan Roberts lives in St. John’s and is a self-taught artist who has studied with local and nationally acclaimed artists. Joan has been painting in several media for almost 20 years. Joan teaches painting classes and workshops and her work is in several galleries throughout Newfoundland.

Pat Hayden Ryan is a multi-faceted artist originally from Petite Forte, Placentia Bay. Pat is an art educator who has brought her love of learning and passion for art to students of all ages. Now retired from teaching, she continues to share her talents and artistic creations by partnering with numerous artistic organizations.

Past Gallery Exhibitions

Artist-in-Residence: Leona Ottenheimer Leona grew up the eldest of nine children, born in the small coastal community of Long Harbour, Placentia Bay. Although no formal training, she was greatly inspired by the example of her mother, who was at the time an emerging artist. She continues to hone her skill by taking part in, facilitating and coordinating classes with talented artists and instructors from Newfoundland and across Canada. Leona has to her credit a number of awards as well.


A World of Its Own
July 11th to August 26th, 2018
Featuring 30 local artist’s explorations of what makes our province so unique. A display of various art mediums that relate to Newfoundland and Labrador history, landscapes, nature, activities, events and memories

Artist-in-Residence: Dave Hodinott
May 2nd to June 17th, 2018
Dave left his 20 year career in the architectural drafting and illustration field to pursue his dream of becoming a full time artist. Working mainly in acrylics, Dave is best known for his dramatic, light-filled landscape paintings.

'Do You See What I See'
Christmas 2017
This cooperative artist exhibition featured new work by Patsy Gosse (Photography), April Learie (Mixed Media), Wendy Shirran (Pottery) and Amber LeDrew-Bonvarlez (Painting). Each artist helped staff the gallery, giving visitors the opportunity to speak with the artists and watch a demonstration of their work.

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.