Craft council celebrates the big 4-0

Tara Bradbury
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Logo, anniversary plans unveiled at news conference

Anne Manuel, executive director of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, announces details of the council's 40th anniversary celebrations taking place this year including such things as contests, special craft demonstrations and an anniversary Gala dinner. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is planning to celebrate its big 4-0 all year long.

Plans include a photo contest, studio tours, demonstrations and a gala event

On Monday, the craft council officially launched its 40th anniversary celebrations with a media conference to unveil the 40th-year logo and release details on upcoming celebratory plans.

The logo, designed by graphic arts student Danielle O’Driscoll, features the council’s original square logo surrounded by the number 40.

“Our plan for 2012 is to make this year extra special, so we’ve developed a calendar of events to commemorate our anniversary with more than a dozen fantastic events. We’re excited to invite both our members and the public to take part in the celebrations,” said Anne Manuel, the council’s executive director.

From March 20-30, residents of the province are invited to capture craft in photographs by sending in a snapshot of their favourite craft item, shop or person for a chance to win one of four fine craft prizes.

Prizes will be drawn and announced April 2.

The craft council has designated May 5-6 as May Day Craft Weekend, and many council members in the downtown area will have their studios open for tours and demonstrations.

The council itself will hold demonstrations in pottery and rug hooking, with participants invited to contribute to the 40th anniversary communal hooked rug in the craft shop foyer.

June 22 will see the biggest 40th anniversary event: a gala at the council gallery and presentation of its annual Awards for Excellence, as well as the opening of the annual members exhibition with a champagne reception.

Other events, to  be announced, will be taking place throughout the summer and fall, Manuel said.

Formed in 1972, the craft council is a membership organization that provides a range of services to craftspeople and others, she explained.

“For craftspeople, we help small businesses getting started, help them with grants for scholarship and training and studio startup, and help them with organizing marketing events and promoting themselves. We have a resource centre and a website and a peer-lending program, and (hold) craft fairs in St. John’s, Corner Brook and Labrador,” she said.

“We see ourselves as enhancing excellence in craft for the development of the craft industry, but we also really support craft for craft’s sake, because we think it’s wonderful. It’s a part of our heritage and it’s important to everyone in our province.”

Manuel also displayed the Cultural Tourism Award recently presented to the craft council by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, recognizing the organization’s pursuit of cultural expression within the tourism industry. It’s the second award presented to the council this month: just weeks ago, Manuel was named Industry Leader at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show.

More information on the craft council’s upcoming events is available at

Twitter: @tara_bradbury

Organizations: Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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