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.