Hunky Dory is located at 60 A Main Road in Woody Point.
About the Studio: Hunky Dory Studio is a work of art itself. Charlie and his wife Joan saved the building from being torn down, they moved it, restored it and turned it into a studio. Charlie used his ability to see the beauty in random pieces of wood to create the stunning studio. The clapboard from the outside became the ceiling; there is an old outhouse for the washroom, a dory for the counter and lobster crates as display cases. Hunky Dory is open 9:30am-6:00pm from late May to early October but Charlie lives right next door and if he sees someone walk up he will gladly open the doors.
About the Artist: Charlie Payne makes pictures and pieces out of weathered wood and driftwood. Charlie never received any training on his wood making and began creating as a hobby. With the help of artist Barb Daniels showing him about framing and how to use spacing and colours to create distance, he became an artist. Charlie can look at a piece of wood and see the art and life inside it. Originally a musician, Charlie began creating wood pieces in 1998 when he left the music industry. Music is still a major passion for Charlie, and he will gladly play a song for guests in the studio on his accordion that he always keeps behind the counter.
How does Gros Morne inspire your creativity? I could see the beauty in this place when I was 15. I have never wanted to leave here. I have been all over, and there is nowhere I would rather be than here. Just the beauty of the place is inspiring. To make stuff or create stuff or you’re inspired just to live here.
For more information about The Hunky Dory, contact Charlie or Joan Payne at 709-453-2304.