Saint John gallery hosts pop-up waffle house

It's a hip twist on the classic Maritime pancake breakfast.

On Saturday, Third Space Gallery will be transforming its new space at 89 Canterbury St. into a pop-up waffle house.

The April Fool's Day-themed fête, dubbed the Foolish Waffle Breakfast, will be "a fun, family-style event," said Third Space Gallery president Christiana Myers. It's part of a week-long membership drive intended to grow a base of members and artists in disciplines ranging from film and music, to zine-making and performance art.

Third Space board and gallery members will be cooking up waffles and leading April Fool's art activities.

Fresh, homemade waffles made from locally sourced ingredients like blueberries and maple syrup will be on offer, plus hand-pulled coffee and additional vegan options.

Eat waffles, support contemporary art

The funds raised will go toward funding education and community-based programming.

The gallery is treating the Foolish Waffle Breakfast as something of a housewarming for its new uptown space.

"It's so nice to finally have a space that people know is ours — where people can come and know they will always see something interesting," said Myers. "We have a lot of sunlight, and can host musical performances and performance art."

The event kicks off a week-long membership drive during which Third Space Gallery memberships will also be sold at Picaroons General Store, Buckland Merrifield Gallery, Handworks Gallery, The Feel Good Store, Good Fibrations, Shadowlawn Inn, Backstreet Records, TUCK Studio and Port City Royal.

Tasty waffles aren't the only membership perk, either.

"If you're an artist, it gives you the ability to have your work in members shows and exhibit in our space," Myers said. "Members also have a huge say in the work we end up bringing to Saint John.

"It helps us bring contemporary art to Saint John."

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1 at 89 Canterbury Street, Suite 407.