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.

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