Cod Offal debuts for World Oceans Day at White Point
Our neighbours and friends, Joan and Peter Stephenson, honoured us with a rare and first ever showing of this collection of carved cod creations, 26 years in the making. We were delighted when they’d accepted our invitation to show these works for World Oceans Day here at White Point.
The show opening on June 7th was an intimate gathering, very much like a family reunion for the Stephenson gang! Throughout the one-day Show on June 8th, it was a steady stream of folks admiring and chuckling, it was such fun.
Cod-Offal is a collection of 11 carved cod, caught in shadowboxes. Whimsical, playful, colourful and very ‘punny’, self-taught carver Joan Stephenson says her Cod Collection has been a work-in-progress that got its start 26 years ago.
Wanting to be included in the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival 26 years ago, Joan says she created this collection from basswood she’d saved from her father’s farm in Maine. With the assistance of her husband, Tom Stephenson, who’d crafted the shadow boxes and custom mixed Joan’s paints, she’d submitted her creations with confidence. To her dismay, the collection was rejected. Disappointed ‘Codhopper’, ‘Cod Damit’, ‘Cod Banks’, ‘Codfather’ and others were tucked away, out of sight – until recently.
In honour of World Oceans Day 2019, Joan and Tom have retrieved the collection, dusting them off and finishing three that had been tossed aside, preparing them for their one-day debut at White Point.
It was our sincere pleasure and honour to welcome this collection, thoroughly enjoying the chuckles guests shared.
Many thanks to Tess Adams for capturing and sharing these great photos of the opening night with us: