Long-time Gabriolan wins greeting card contest

Rachelle Stein-Wotten

Sounder News

Monday, January 28 2013

A former long-time Gabriola resident has won a national Christmas card design contest.

Beatrice Meyer, or Bea, submitted a watercolour to Chartwell Retirement Residences 2012 greeting card contest and was one of four winners chosen out of over 100 submissions. Over 26,000 copies have been distributed across Canada.

Bea has lived at one of Chartwell’s Nanaimo facilities, Malaspina Gardens, since 2010.

She moved to Gabriola in 1948 from southern Ontario.

“I’ve been painting for 40-50 years. There weren’t many people [on Gabriola] when I moved there. Then we got power and roads.”

Bea started with watercolours and later got into oils. 

She helped start the art group now known as Palette People.

The image she created for Chartwell’s Christmas card collection is of a snow-covered house surrounded by evergreen trees. A man and a woman welcome their friends and family into their home who are walking up to the house through deep snow.

Said Bea, “I like the feeling – the welcome – come on in; it’s Christmas.

Bea continues to paint regularly and likes having the time to herself.

“If you have a brush in your hand, people let you be. There is a lot of empty time here and it helps to fill it.”

Staff and Bea’s fellow residents also enjoy watching her paint. She often gifts her paintings to staff as a way to say thanks for the work they do.