Abbie Table Artist's Talk & Reception
(posted Sept. 11, 2017)
We are excited to be hosting the art installation, Abbie Table, a celebration of life in rural Newfoundland a generation ago, by Andy Jones.
The Abbie Table is inspired by Abbie Whiffen, a grandmother who wrote an essay to tell her granddaughter what life was like in Trinity Bay in the mid-1900s. Mr. Jones and Ms. Whiffen became friends and he used the memoir to create this art piece. The Abbie Table Project,with visual artist Peter Breckon and members of the “Growing Up, Up In Cove” Collective, began in 2011.
The centerpiece of the project is a 10′ X 4′ table inscribed with the personal story of Ms. Whiffen. Narrating the life of a Newfoundland family engaged in the salt fishery from the 1920s to the 1950s, the story has been illuminated by several dozen contributors.
Reception & Artist's Talk
An event to celebrate the Abbie Table will take place Friday, Sept. 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m at the library. Andy Jones and Anita Best will share their stories about the salt fishery through art and music. All are welcome to bring and share their stories.
Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.