Artist honours crew by donating painting to Alberni Project

The Alberni Project in the Comox Centre Mall has added a painting by former Comox Valley artist Marc Magee .

Former Comox Valley artist Marc Magee painted a scene involving the Second World War ship the HMCS Alberni that is a new addition for The Alberni Project in the Comox Centre Mall.

The Alberni Project in the Comox Centre Mall has added a painting by former Comox Valley artist Marc Magee that depicts an episode close to D-Day when the HMCS Alberni shot down an attacking German plane.

Magee, retired from the Armed Forces, interviewed one of the last surviving crewmen of Alberni, the only Canadian warship to shoot down a German plane during the Second World War.

Magee is a self-taught artist who started painting in his early teens. He began painting aircraft and trains in various mediums before settling on acrylic. His penchant for naval scenes has been influenced by his grandfather, who worked for Canada Steamship Lines.

Magee joined the Canadian military in the air traffic control field in his late teens. He spent 13 years on Vancouver Island and fell in love with the harbour tugs that worked log booms up the Courtenay River to lumber mills.

Through a chance meeting with Roger Litwiller, he arranged to do a painting of HMCS Trentonian for Litwiller’s coming book. After the book’s release, the painting will be donated and displayed permanently in the Trenton Public Library.

Magee resides in Trenton, Ont. Last year, he was elected to the Canadian Society of Marine Artists.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Film documents transformation of snowboarders, surfers

Former professional athletes forged deep ties with communities

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Transitioning back into the world

Courtenay man had been living outdoors before starting Sally Ann program

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Most Read