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Culture Days Spotlight ~ Carbonear, Newfoundland

Poet and artist Dorothy McIntosh Harvey
Today through Sunday (September 27-29), “thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate ‘behind-the-scenes,’ to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities” are taking place across Canada as part of the fourth annual Culture Days.

Hundreds of cities and towns are participating in the national celebration. You can find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods here.

The Carbonear Public Library in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador is one such organization hosting a Culture Days event. Located on the Avalon peninsula, the town of Carbonear is one of North America’s oldest permanent settlements.

Carbonear is one of the most beautiful towns, I think, in Newfoundland with incredible community spirit especially for history and the arts,” says Carbonear Public Library Technician, Tracey L. Vaughan-Evans. “There is so much on the go and happening here, right down to the walking tours and beautiful community garden. The talent that will be here on Culture Days is proof of this!”

The library’s event, Celebration of Newfoundland Arts, takes place tomorrow (Saturday, September 28) from 12-4pm. Vaughan-Evans fills us in on the day’s eclectic happenings:

Fine Art

Cindy Case ~ A water colour and acrylic painter and NSCAD grad living in St. John’s and Salmon Cove.

Angie Green ~ An award winning-painter and yoga instructor who lives in Carbonear.

Rug hooking artist, Margaret Bowers
Rug Hooking

Diana Dove ~ Owner of Dove Woollery and active member and teacher with the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Margaret Bowers ~ Celebrated rug hooking artist, who recently passed away and is greatly missed.


Charlene Sudbrink ~ Owner/founder of Plank Lane Pottery in Conception Bay, Sudbrink studied under Master potter, Sydney Butt, and graduated in the top three of her class at the College of the North Atlantic.

Readings (Original Works, 2pm)

Dorothy McIntosh Harvey ~ Originally from Scotland, Harvey is a poet and artist whose works have been published in numerous publications and anthologies. She is a founding member of the Freshwater Writers Circle, conducts regular poetry workshops (“Let’s Talk Poetry”) at the Carbonear Library, and is available for weekend poetry retreats and readings.

Shane Verge ~ A prolific poet living in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

Florence Button ~ A local poet and playwright and one of Carbonear’s leading historians (for example, she facilitated an archeological dig on Carbonear Island).

Playwright and poet, Florence Button

Music (2:30-4pm)

What Odds ~ A musical foursome made up of Wanda Crocker (fiddle, mandolin), Gerry Strong (flute, whistle), Jean Hawson (lead vocals, guitar) and Rick West (bodhran). All four are established mainstays in Newfoundland’s traditional music scene.

Many thanks to Tracey L. Vaughan-Evans for providing us with a snapshot of Carbonear’s rich cultural and artistic scene!

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