After moving to Bonavista, artist Jane Walker joined a group of women who got together once a week at the Legion to work on textile projects, chat, and have tea and snacks. She spent much of the winter  — matting season — working on a series of steel wool rug works, both at home and at the Legion. With this new body of work, Walker poetically responds to the history of craft in this province, while exploring a key narrative of its history: imagining “elsewhere” as a place for a better life, and realizing that what is most supportive and beneficial is often nearby.

Jane Walker, Looking East, Steel wool, metal mesh, pine, salt water (Troon), 2017. photo credit: The Rooms