Out­port car­olling

Bay St. Ge­orge artist’s work se­lected for Christ­mas or­na­ment


A long-held Christ­mas tra­di­tion for many peo­ple in out­port New­found­land in­volves trav­el­ling from house to house play­ing mu­sic and singing hol­i­day car­ols.

So when Bay St. Ge­orge artist Odel l Archibald was com­mis­sioned by the Clarenville Area Cham­ber of Com­merce to cre­ate a Christ­mas or­na­ment, it was this fa­mil­iar hol­i­day scene that came to mind.

“I wanted to de­pict some­thing that was unique to New­found­land — not just a pic­ture of some­body build­ing a snow­man or some­thing like that,” said Archibald.

She came up with the idea of de­pict­ing an ugly stick, a hand­crafted mu­si­cal in­stru­ment made from house­hold items, and in­cor­po­rated it into a Christ­mas-themed scene.

“Out­port Car­olling” de­picts three peo­ple per- form­ing out­side a tra­di­tional salt­box house, with a Christ­mas tree vis­i­ble in one of the win­dows.

The pic­ture also has other el­e­ments of out­port life, in­clud­ing a New­found­land and Labrador flag and the ocean in the back­ground.

Con­nie Sk­iff­in­g­ton, the cham­ber’s ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant, said her group is de­lighted with Archilbald’s work. In ad­di­tion to a pewter or­na­ment, the paint­ing has been re­pro­duced to pur­chase as a print or sets of greet­ing cards.

Sk­iff­in­g­ton noted this fundrais­ing project for the cham­ber is cur­rently in its 13th year, with a dif­fer­ent artist from across the prov­ince se­lected an­nu­ally for the project.

For more in­for­ma­tion about pur­chas­ing an or­na­ment, print or greet­ing cards, con­tact the cham­ber at 1-866-466-5800. Items are also avail­able at some re­tail­ers in the Bay St. Ge­orge area.

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