Corner Brook artist hosts art exhibit in her hometown
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Katie Corbett stands beside her artwork, which is inspired by the birch trees she saw near the Green Bay area while driving home to Corner Brook last December.
By Eric McMurray
Special to The Star
CORNER BROOK — When taking a trip home from St. John’s for the Christmas holidays, 26-year-old Corner Brook native Katie Corbett was inpired by the west coast and began thinking of hosting an art exhibition.
Corbett graduated from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University’s theatre program in 2008, and graduated from Memorial Univeristy in St. John’s with an education degree in 2010. She teaches english and literature at Academy Canada.
“I’ve been drawing and painting for basically as long as I can remember,” she said.
She contacted Jamie-Lee Cormier, owner of the JL Gallery Modern Art & Design in December.
“I figured she’d be the best person to host my first show.”
Corbett found out a few weeks later her work would be showcased.
She was nervous about the prospect of an exhibition. While she has had her paintings in a gallery, she hasn’t had a full exhibit of her work. Her inspiration for painting is about travelling, and about how people get to where they are going, she said.
Birch trees, which are showcased in her paintings, have always appealed to her.
“It’s one of those things, you can’t quite explain why, you’re just magically drawn to something.”
While travelling through the Green Bay area she noticed the many birch trees. Many cultures use them as symbols of unwavering strength, said Corbett, and she read that birch trees can survive in extreme conditions with “casual indifference.”
“That really struck me,” she said. “I find Newfoundland is like that. Not just our weather.”
Corbett has painted many parts of the province. One picture she describes as a postcard in reverse. It’s of the Battery in St. John’s with a skewed viewpoint.
“As much as I love St. John’s with all my heart and soul, even when I’m looking at the most beautiful monuments in St. John’s, my heart is still sort of here,” she said. “I still wish I was here.”
Her art is her view of Newfoundland traditions, she said. Cormier said several pieces of Corbett’s work have already sold. The gallery has been open for five years and focuses on local artists such as Corbett.
The exhibit runs until Saturday.