Artist, Cristie Gray, talks to us about the inspiration for her paintings. They were recently installed on the Army, Navy and Airforce building at the corner of 6th Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Lethbridge. The subject matter has a special meaning for this talented local artist. Cristie is a former Royal Canadian Army cadet officer.
This unique and colorful tribute mural was unveiled to the public during a public ceremony that took place on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
The paintings were commissioned by the Lethbridge unit of the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans of Canada as a tribute to the brave men and women who have fought and died for our country. The paintings also commemorate the centennial of the ANAF Veterans of Alberta provincial command and the 89th anniversary of our local unit.
Each panel illustrates various eras in our country's military history. The first panel depicts soldiers from the War of 1812, a WWI soldier wearing a gas mask and a Spitfire airplane from WWII. The middle panel features our cenotaph while the third panel shows two contemporary Canadian soldiers, an army tank and a naval destroyer.
Cristie is Fine Arts graduate from the University of Lethbridge where she is currently completing her degree in Education. She is available for other commissions and can be reached through the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ office - 403 327-9002.