Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy honours local students

HMCS Haida by Tammy Massia. Photo submitted.
Posted on: May 3, 2019

Graduating Students of the Visual & Creative Arts- Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus, had the unique privilege of completing artwork for the Royal Canadian Navy. Through the Business of Art course, students were commissioned to assist the RCN in visually preserving its legacy and past stories through the fine arts. Students completed paintings in oil and acrylics capturing images of Naval war heroes, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Battle of Normandy, and the HMCS Haida- RCN’s flagship vessel. Their work was commissioned under the direction of the Commander of the RCN, Vice Admiral Lloyd, who was thrilled with the results of the project and remarked, “Bravo zulu, well done”.

Only 11 artists in the country completed work for the RCN, 7 being students of St. Lawrence College. “This was a unique honour and opportunity for our students. Not only did they gain experience working within terms of a commission, including a set budget, they now can boast having their work held in a Government collection, something most artists dream of.  To be recognized by the Commander of the RCN for their excellence on top of that is exceptional”, said program coordinator, Christina Chrysler.

Chrysler delivered student work to the Department of National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa on Monday, April 29 where the Vice Admiral Lloyd was able to admire the work first-hand. The artwork was completed by Tim Currie, Lisa Nolan, Shemia Nelson, Tammy Massia, Chearra Manger, Tyler Shaw, and Rhyan-Ainsley Georgekish. “We are thrilled to see the completed paintings!” Major Graeme Davidson stated in an online post regarding the project. “They [the artwork] are on temporary display at Naval Staff Headquarters while we make arrangements to have prints completed and delivered to over two dozen Navy units across Canada”.  Davidson worked directly with Chrysler and the students throughout the project on the Vice Admiral’s behalf.

Though Vice Admiral Lloyd is retiring in the near future, the RCN plans to continue working with St. Lawrence College as well as other colleges and universities over the coming years in its effort to preserve Canada’s naval history. Students will receive certificates on behalf of the RCN along with RCN Challenge Coins following their convocation June 7, 2019.

The Visual & Creative Arts- Fine Arts program is a two year program offered on the Brockville Campus of St. Lawrence College.

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