Norton's Cove Blog

19/53 May 07 2017, 0 Comments

With assistance from the Canada Summer Jobs Program,

Norton's Cove Studio is now accepting applications for one position:  Studio Assistant

This position is for 7 weeks at 30 hours/week, $12/hour + vacation pay. During the period of employment, the student will receive free art classes/workshops and an employee discount. Bonus pay may be applicable for exceptional service.

The student will be involved in all daily studio activities:

  • assisting with printing lino-cut relief prints
  • customer service
  • special events
  • art classes and workshops
  • regular studio maintenance
  • giving tours of historic structure

Students of an art program such as Textile Studies, Fine Arts, Art Education, etc., will be preferred.

From Service Canada...

To be eligible to participate in Canada Summer Jobs, individuals must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act6; and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Resumes with a cover letter stating the reasons you would like to work at Norton's Cove Studio are being accepted until June 15th.  Interviews will take place between June 16th & 18th.

  • in person at the studio
  • by email, or
  • by regular mail: P. O. Box 223 Wesleyville, NL  A0G 4R0


18/53 April 29 2017, 0 Comments

A lovely article appeared about us in the weekend paper... thank you to Gail Collins and tc media for the attention!

Find it here!



17/53 R. A. Sinclair April 23 2017, 0 Comments

Duke, Tara, and I went to visit our friend Richard Sinclair at his studio in Wesleyville a few days ago.  Richard is working on a massive architectural model of the old Gander airport/town-site which will eventually be on display at Gander's Aviation Museum.  He's built the streets and landing strips by layering veneers of different coloured woods, and is building tiny replica buildings of pear wood to match pages and pages of historic photographs of the area.  

Richard has tremendous skill as a model maker, and I'm looking forward to seeing the unveiling of this project with great anticipation.

Easter Greetings 16/53 April 16 2017, 0 Comments

From a collection of greeting cards found in my house when I became the new owner.  
Pussy willows are certainly a sign of spring here still.  There is one sprig shooting up next to the cafe against the odds, given the weather this year!

15/53 Snowmageddon 2017 April 10 2017, 0 Comments

This past week, we were hit with a huge spring storm that dumped about 100centimetres of snow on us.  Since I've been using my shop in 1997, this is the first time the front steps have been too snowed in for me to even bother shovelling.  


So we let the snow melt on its own.  Above pictures, in order: April 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th.


April 9th.  Where's the 10 degrees celcius we were told we'd have to melt the snow?  April 10th.  We've had enough.  Luckily, the snow in the driveway has mostly melted.  Duke takes the shovel to it.  Just enough to safely get up the steps and in the door.

While I watch my twitter buddies in other parts of the world photograph their bluebells and daffodils and such, we're looking at snow, freezing rain, sleet, giant fields of sea ice, icebergs, and polar bears.  As much as I love looking at ice and a wayward bear frollicking in the snow, 20 degrees would feel really good right about now.  


14/53 April 02 2017, 0 Comments

A while ago, I had an interesting request from someone who likes some of my printmaking work.  Janet Delo, of Nova Scotia, asked if it would be okay with me if she used one of my card designs to make a hooked mat.  

This sort of request can stir up lots of copyright talk with most artists, as it did for Janet's rug hooking group.  I was flattered to be asked, and told her that she should go ahead and use the design, as long as she made sure to use my name in any attention given the mat which she made for her own personal use.  

This week, Janet contacted me again, with an image of the finished mat to show...

I think she did a fabulous job.  Thanks Janet!  

13/53 March 26 2017, 0 Comments

12/53 March 19 2017, 0 Comments

Big news this week was all about having laser surgery on my nearsighted eyes.

It was really uncomfortable for about 20 seconds.  Nothing to the rest of it.  No itching or pain in my eyes.  Cloudy vision for a day, and the next day I could see better than I ever have before.  The people at Lasik MD in St. John's were incredibly professional, lovely people who put me at ease though every moment.  I was pretty scared, but it was really easy.  I highly recommend that clinic.

Otherwise, printing orders and planning the cafe is my day to day.  And will be for a while yet!

11/53 March 12 2017, 0 Comments

Another thing I did at the Provincial Craft Wholesale Show, was attend a couple of seminars, one of which spoke of effectiveness of shop displays.  

I've studied all those little tricks before, but it's always good to refresh my ideas on how to show products in my shop.  

Turns out, one of the most shop-worthy areas of my shop, is where I had heaped mat hooking tools and materials.  So, I came home with some fresh plans to rearrange my shop shelves a bit, for the one hundredth millionth time!  

I changed my little sink area into a kitchen inspired space.  Aprons, jams, candles that look like jams, tea towels, and Dark Tickle Company products fill the nook nicely.

And I've been packaging iceberg t-shirts into iced tea cups- i had to do a little searching to find a large enough cup to fit all the different sizes, but here they are!  Iced Tees from Norton's Cove.  I'm quite proud of myself for that little pun!  What do you think, Mr. W?

When I get the shop a little more ship-shape, I'll post more pictures of how it's looking. 

10/53 March 05 2017, 0 Comments

Printing lots of my newest card this past week as well as other images in black ink.

So many so, that I had to go to overflow drying devices... window screens!

And here's how the café is looking this week.  The ceiling is quite a big job!  But those scissor rafters will be worth the airy feel they give to the building.