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House of Diamonds an artistic centre for the Glovertown area

Kevin Blackmore exhibits his oil paintings at the House of Diamonds.
Kevin Blackmore exhibits his oil paintings at the House of Diamonds.

The House of Diamonds has become a focal point for artistic activities in the Glovertown area.

According to Kevin Blackmore, chair of the board of directors of the not-for-profit volunteer run organization, “It’s fairly important to Glovertown in that it’s added a lot to the cultural dimension of the town and the community—which can be said to be from Eastport right over to Gambo.”

Blackmore says the aim is to promote the work of Newfoundland and Labrador artists and artisans. He adds that you can usually find the work of about 75 different artists hanging in the gallery or being sold in the gift shop.

According to Kevin Blackmore, chair of the board of directors of the not-for-profit volunteer run organization, “It’s fairly important to Glovertown in that it’s added a lot to the cultural dimension of the town and the community—which can be said to be from Eastport right over to Gambo.”

Blackmore says the aim is to promote the work of Newfoundland and Labrador artists and artisans. He adds that you can usually find the work of about 75 different artists hanging in the gallery or being sold in the gift shop.

The House of Diamonds in Glovertown hosts workshops and other artistic activities throughout the year.

The house originally belonged to Ken Diamond, an early prominent entrepreneur in Glovertown, and his wife Viola. After Diamond died and his wife moved out, their nephew philanthropist Darryl Fry purchased the house.

Through the Diamond Foundation, Fry had already created the Ken Diamond Memorial Park, with its walking trails in the area. 

According to Blackmore, Fry is a big supporter of the arts—he owns an art gallery in Santa Fe where he now lives—and he liked the idea of promoting local artists—even shipping it into Santa Fe in the early days.

Three years ago Frye transferred ownership of the building to the town. Blackmore says they run it through commissions on the sale of art, any profits from workshops and from occasional funding to hire a manager in the tourism season. 

The adjacent warehouse has been converted into an art studio. Upstairs there’s also a residence for visiting artists. Blackmore is a member of the art club that uses the studio and he sells his oil paintings at the gallery. 

In addition to workshops and Writers in Winter, the House of Diamonds hosts musical performances and other events.   

“We’re always looking for activities—anything artistic—the discipline doesn’t matter—here at the House of Diamonds,” he said. “Anything we can accommodate we’ll try.”

 

For more about the organization visit their website www.houseofdiamondsart.com

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