© Christopher Vaughan photo
Odell Archibald stands next to a print of her painting, “Outport Caroling.”
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 Odell 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 Ms. 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 Caroling" depicts three people performing outside a traditional saltbox house, with a Christmas tree visible in one of the windows.
"I wanted to depict something that was unique to Newfoundland - not just a picture of somebody building a snowman or something like that." Odell Archibald
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 Ms. Archilbald's work. In addition to a pewter ornament, the painting has been reproduced to purchase as a print or sets of greeting cards.
Ms. 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.