On Friday, August 5th, the streets of Bonavista saw people traveling back and forth between business and venues to view the impressive art on display in this year’s Bonavista Art Walk. Doors of local cafés, historic sites, and galleries at a total of nine locations were open from 6-9 pm. Each location was filled with art and offered a chance to meet the artist featured there. 

The first stop was the Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada. This building boasted the largest number of artists, each stationed in a different part of the building. Featured here was Michael Pittman, Louise Markus, Boyan Furst, Deb Wickwire, Robert McNair, Cynthia Kremerer, and Ron Murphy. Each layer of the building was chock full of impressive photography, paintings, drawings, or anything in between.

The Harbour Quarters Inn and the Walkhams Gate Pub and Café were the next stops on the map, and featured Velma Boudreau’s light and tranquil watercolours and Jerry Mouland’s bright and colourful photography, respectively.

A group exhibition at The Aleksandrs’ Artistic International Design of Art followed, and featured a collection of vibrant and energetic artworks across a range of styles, from the extremely abstract to the extremely detailed.

The Paddy Barry Gallery showcased Paddy Barry’s crisp photography, the Boreal Diner/Broken Books exhibited Jon Howse’s dynamic paintings, and the Tree Line Fine Art & Craft presented Shawn Ohagan’s colourful paintings.

A large number of artists were featured at the Mame Mouland House, including John Hofstetter, Petra Beeking, Kailey Bryan, Crystal Fudge, Clem Curtis, and Gerald Vaandering. Every room captivated its viewers, whether it was full of photographic images, paintings, drawings, or video works.


Some work by Gerald Vaandering

A group exhibition called “Trial Run” was on display at the Mockbeggar Plantation Provincial Historic Site, and it featured the artwork of first year students of the College of the North Atlantic and the Anna Templeton Centre, as well as an exhibit of Discovery Collegiate student work. These exhibitions showed off the talented students of the area and their impressive creations.

Despite the downpour of rain, pedestrians were smiling while exploring Bonavista with their art walk maps in their hands, excited at the chance to soak up both local and international art in some of Bonavista’s most popular locations at the same time.

Article by Intern Emily Pittman