Gala raises funds for Grenfell

Stephanie Penney
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Christian Corbet is the first officially appointed Artist in Residence for the Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society.

ST. ANTHONY - The Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society and artist Christian Corbet have joined forces to present a collection of original art pieces depicting the work of Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

Corbet, a Corner Brook artisit, created 20 works of art for the exhibition last week, including 14 oil paintings and six ink drawings.

"Every sale within the next month goes towards the society," said Janet Hedderson, manager of the Grenfell Properties.

Corbet said that he decided to create the artwork and donate the funds to the Grenfell Historical Society to preserve the Grenfell legacy.

"Like so many others that supported Grenfell's mission, I wanted to support his aims and objectives and enjoy being a patron and donating any funds I can raise to such a worthy endeavor," he said.

Gerry Byrne, MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, unveiled a Grenfell medallion created by Corbet at the exhibition.

The medallion was created to acknowledge the 100th anniverary of Dr. Grenfell's rescue from the ice-pans.

Corbet was named an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society.

He is the first officially appointed Artist in Residence for the society.

Corbet also designed hooked Grenfell mats that are based on original oil paintings and drawings. His main hooked mat titled "Four Sisters" displays an iceberg and was also made into a limited edition Grenfell puzzle that is signed and numbered of only 25.

The mats were designed by area craftspeople Joan Foster, Sharon Kean and Annie Hillier.

Of the five Grenfell hooked mats, four sold within 24-hours of the opening of the exhibit.
The event also hosted a silent auction where several original Grenfell artifacts, including rare signed books by Grenfell, were auctioned off.

Also sold at the exhibition was the Arctic Ice drink created by Corbet from iceberg water to help raise funds for the society.

"It is my understanding that nearly, if not more than, $3000 has been raised so far," he said about the art display.

The exhibition runs until Aug. 30 at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre in St. Anthony.

Organizations: Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society, Grenfell Properties, Grenfell Interpretation Centre

Geographic location: ST. ANTHONY, Corner Brook

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