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REF NO.: 114

SUBJECT: First Space Gallery exhibit: All Roads Lead to Here

DATE: Aug. 31

One advantage of working in the map room in the Queen Elizabeth II Library (QEII) at Memorial University is uncovering unique historical material that can inspire and prompt news ways of thinking about the present landscape.  

For more than 10 years, visual artist and QEII Library employee Joanne Costello has been researching the geological work of James. P. Howley, particularly The Reminiscences of J. P. Howley: Selected Years. The book is edited by Dr. William J. Kirwin, Dr. George M. Story and Dr. Patrick O'Flaherty — all former members of Memorial's Department of English.

Howley (1847-1918) is credited with producing the first full-colour geological map of Newfoundland, published in 1907. 

Through a project grant from the Newfoundland Arts Council, Ms. Costello revisited areas Howley describes in his field books and journals and made her own drawings and observations. Her modern “surveys” are now part of a new exhibit, All Roads Lead to Here, in the First Space Gallery of the QEII Library and demonstrate an intriguing interplay between archival subject matter and an artist’s personal journey.

“Landforms and geology have been a constant theme in my work,” Ms. Costello said. “This show reflects my evolution as an artist that has developed over time, like the geology I sketch and paint, layer upon layer.” 

First Space Gallery has shown work by emerging artists since 2004 and continues its commitment to foster creative expression that celebrates Memorial’s dynamic campus and its thriving surrounding community.

The opening event takes place on Friday, Sept. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. More information about First Space Gallery can be found here. For Gallery hours, please visit here. Find us on Facebook here

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