Winterton artist wins provincial award
On June 30, Winterton artist Kevin Coates was honoured by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador at the Awards for Excellence in Craft in St. John’s.
The awards are held annually to recognize artists from across the province who have shown innovation in designing crafts from uncommon materials.
Coates received the award for personal expression, which is presented to the craft maker whose work best embodies “a personal and individual expression of thought and experience.”
When contacted, a befuddled Coates could hardly remember receiving the award.
“ I don’t think about that stuff much,” he admitted.
Coates specializes in carving caricatures out of balsam fir. His wood carvings are colourful portrayals of early residents in the outports of Newfoundland.
Using only wood from fallen trees, Coates’ work is a subtly humourous depiction of life on the island.