It’s been a week of re-adjusting and enjoying the sunny weather after returning from five days in Newfoundland. The Canadian Museums Association conference was held in St. John’s this year and Station Gallery was well represented with Donna, Deborah and I in attendance.
Our visit east wouldn’t have been complete without going all the way—“all the way to Cape Spear”—the eastern-most tip of North America. This was my first CMA conference and their were many highlights, not to mention the realization that sitting under fluorescent bulbs is the same whether you’re in a room in Toronto or at The Rooms in St. John’s. Although most of our time was spent indoors, we did get a chance to hike around the coast in the Bay Bulls area. Also, a pre-conference day-trip to Cupid’s stood out as that community gears-up later this summer for the quarto centennial of the earliest English settlement in Canada.
The conference theme was ICH or Intangible Cultural Heritage which widely includes everything from storytelling to oral traditions and the many forms of non-material cultural output. One of the key-note speakers was Wade Davis, Nation Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence. His presentation was rapid-fire, eloquent and poetically pertinent. Anyways, that’s a bit of my storytelling—let me know of your experiences if you’ve been to Newfoundland and Labrador. Would you maybe recommend any places to visit upon my return to the Rock?