Always feeling my part of Gower Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland, had something special, it is a thrill to see that sentiment shared in a gloriously original painting by talented Newfoundland artist Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara. Dubbed “Crooked As Sin,” with my old home, number 34, the tilted magenta-hued three storey among them, the painting started in 2014. That is when Keli-Ann did an art fund raiser project with St. Bon’s Elementary School where they created a bright and very textured collage of her drawing of what she called “these delicious houses on Gower Street”. The middle green house was the famous ‘Doyle house’ on CBC’s Republic of Doyle.
Reading her artist notes on the painting, I was tickled by the coincidence that the opening story in my Gower Street book told of my childhood experience breaking windows in that same “Doyle house.” Also, that St. Bon’s was my old school where I went from grade 1 to grade 11 when it was a college. My family lived at 34 Gower Street from 1920 to 1966. Here is a promotional poster on my book, released a year ago this month, and appropriately tilted as if for this occasion.
A visual artist and blogger, Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara http://www.kapb.ca/ has built up an impressive repertoire of highly original artwork since returning to her native Newfoundland in 2009.
Check her out also on Facebook @www.facebook.com/kapbART as well as Twitter and Instagram.
And catch up on her busy life doings at her aptly named blog: www.pieceofpye.com
A print of Crooked As Sin came to me as a surprise gift from Sandra Fowler, present owner of 34 Gower Street, who is keenly interested in its history. In sending it, she noted that Keli-Ann “paints a lot of the places and houses (in) downtown (St. John’s) “and the objects are twisted, which is very unique! This one has our house, 34 Gower, in it. And when I saw ‘our,’ I include you and your family, even though your family sold it, it will always be yours, even if only in fond memories!”
Isn’t that something? A very special person, Sandra!