On Saturday, May 22, 2022, the first Babin Inspirational Art Event was held at the North Grenville Public Library in honour of the late Dr. Patrick Babin, founder of Friends of the Library. The event was successful and well attended. It was a fitting way to remember Pat, who was an inspiration to his students, his colleagues, his friends and his community.
Four local artists, Marguerite Boyer, Jayne Couch, Don Munz and Finian Paibomesai participated in an informative and interesting art panel discussion about their journeys as artists. They exhibited some of their works and various pieces were available for purchase. A selection of donated Art/Architecture books were offered for sale.
There was also the unveiling of a commemorative Cat Statue performed by Don Munz and Library CEO, Rachel Brown. The statue was donated by Youngsters of Yore in memory of Pat, who was a great lover of the Library and of cats. Pat was an active member of Youngsters of Yore for many years. One of his fellow Youngsters, George Gouthro, spoke briefly about what a good friend Pat was to him and to so many others.
A moving tribute to Pat was given by his former student and close friend, Roberta Russell, and can be read on Friends of the Library’s website: ngpl.ca/friends
The Friends plan to have a Pat Babin Inspirational Event annually, and the theme will change each year. Stay tuned next spring to see what the event will be!