To view the online service from the Carnell Memorial Chapel for the late Tara T. Bryan on Thursday October 8th, 2020 at 2:00 pm please click on the link below:
Tara T Bryan was born in Cuero, Texas on October 14, 1953 to Marilyn Jean (Brantley) and Andrew Jackson Tidwell. She passed away peacefully on September 29, 2020.
An award-winning book artist, painter, and teacher, she influenced many in the painting and book arts community in Newfoundland and across North America. Her honors include being elected into Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts for Book Design (2012), the Alcuin Award for Book Design (2018), and the 2010 Long Haul Award (VANL). “Aftermath (cracking up)”, one of her iconic iceberg paintings, was selected as the image for permanent placement on the exterior facade of the St. John’s Convention Center.
She collaborated with artists and writers in the Province and across North America including Di Dabinett, Luben Boykov, Elena Popova, Kevin Major, Anne Meredith Barry, and many others. Her work was included in many exhibitions across Canada, the USA, and abroad.
Tara’s volunteer and community work included being on the boards of Eastern Edge Gallery, VANL-CARFAC, and the Arts & Letters Committee for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. A mentor to many, she generously shared her knowledge and her incomparable skills in book design and painting to many artists, and school children through the ArtsSmarts program, the Anna Templeton Centre, private classes, and innumerable workshops at St. Michael’s Printshop. She was always willing to share her knowledge generously to help artists or book makers move forward with their work.
In the last few years, she spent a lot of time in Wesleyville where she bought her little red house and spent time working with fellow artists, teaching, and mentoring others, and walking on the beach with her dogs.
She is survived by her husband, George Jenner, sister, Teresa Tidwell (Catherine) of Maryland, and brother, Terran Tidwell (Janis) of Oklahoma, and good friends too many to count. She will be dearly missed by all.
A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel and is by invitation only as in accordance to COVID 19 regulations. For those unable to attend the service, you are able to view the service via live streaming by following the link above.
Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Tara’s favorite organizations: Doctors without Borders, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Dr H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation or the charity of your choice.