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Turning The Tide Awards will celebrate our marine leaders and innovators for the 3rd year in 2019. In celebration of that, we have launched an exciting and rare offering art series by three distinguished artists representing stories of heroines and heroes that have helped shape and define us as a people of the sea.
John McDonald received critical acclaim for his 2012 show John McDonald: You Don’t Know Cold, which he completed during a residency at The Rooms. His work has appeared in exhibitions in NL, QC, and ON, England and France. His awards include prizes in the provincial Arts and Letters Awards and his work resides in the collections of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, The Rooms & many private collections.
When researching potential ideas and subject matter for this series, John McDonald came upon a story from Isle aux Morts Newfoundland that he felt had not received enough attention: the heroic acts of George, Ann and Tom Harvey (and their brave sea-dog Hairy Man). In 1828 they saved 163 shipwrecked people. The oldest child by far at 17 years old, Ann Harvey played a tremendous role in the success of this courageous search and rescue mission, and in the 8 days to come Ann and her family continued to provide aid and supplies to survivors. In 1838 Ann Harvey took to the sea with her father George once again to rescue an entire crew of 27. Though the Harvey’s received recognition for their heroic acts in their day, McDonald felt the weight of this unbelievable historical account should be revived, strengthening its longer-standing cultural recognition. The sense of compassionate and selfless duty to one another is what lies at the heart of rural communities in Newfoundland. McDonald felt strongly about singling out Ann Harvey for this piece, specifically choosing to highlight the bravery of women within Newfoundland history.
There will be a series of three. The first is above and we want to share it with our supporters of Turning the Tide. As a supporter of Turning the Tide, we are offering the early birds, who purchases the lithograph by 31st October 2018, for $1200.00.
Limited Edition: 50 lithographs each watercolored by hand, signed and numbered by the artist. Unframed size: 22x30 inches
After October 31st the cost will be $1500 per lithograph/rare art piece.