Famous Painter Donates Piece to SJHS Choir

Gerard Collins, alumni of Saint John High School, Class of 1975, and one of our region's finest modern painters, has made an extraordinary donation to the Saint John High School Choir. The 48x36 piece was painted especially for the choir to sell as a fundraising endeavour.

Born and raised in Saint John, Gerard studied at the St. Martin's School of Art in London England. He then studied in Germany with Gerhard Richter before completing a degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Nova Scotia. He has had numerous exhibitions over the past twenty years and continues to live and paint right here at home'. His work can be found in many important collections including The National Gallery of Canada, the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, University of New Brunswick, Mount St. Vincent University and the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville NB. In 2001, Gerard was the winner of the prestigious Strathbutler Award.

Collins' generous gift of art will be awarded to the highest bidder. The painting will be on display at Handworks and Pictures Plus on King Street in Mid March, and at Saint John High School during the week of the school's musical production, Miss Saigon on March 28-31. The highest bid will be posted daily to allow the public to continue the bidding war until April 12th. The sale of the painting will allow students in financial need to participate in the choir's trip to Boston, this spring, where they will take part in several workshops and performances at Harvard and Boston Conservatory.

Submit a Bid

To bid, please send an e-mail to benita.turnbull@nbed.nb.ca

Bid History

  • March 12 - $600.00
  • March 18 - $750.00 (Holditch)
  • March 19 - $800.00 (Gallagher)
  • March 27 - $900.00 (Turnbull)