CLARENVILLE, N.L. — When it comes to special moments — or memories of a good friend — no gesture is too small.
So for Meghan Pollard, a recent effort to rename a colour of paint in memory of her friend Victoria Best means a lot to her that the company FAT Paint would help in a tribute to Best.
Best died by suicide in December after struggling with mental health issues.
While the Clarenville music teacher is naturally remembered for her contributions to music in the area, one of the most visual representations of Best is her brightly-coloured piano.
Pollard told The Packet that Best’s decision to paint her piano stemmed from a contest from the FAT Paint Company.
“She had bought a house and she wanted to have her music studio in the basement, that was always a dream of hers to have her own studio in her own house,” explained Pollard.
She says Best spent 18 hours sanding, prepping and painting the piano as part of the project. Her efforts earned her the prize for the “Five Years of FAT” contest, winning a five-year supply of the paint.
When Pollard saw in an online post from the Clarenville shop The Grapevine — where she bought all the paint — that the colour “Robin’s Egg” was to be discontinued by the FAT Paint Company, she says she was saddened because she, along with so many others, associated the colour with Best.
Pollard went to InstaGram and wrote the company, not even expecting them to write back.
“I said that I was just sad to see that colour go because it did mean a lot to me and everyone in our community for sure,” she said.
Pollard also suggested, if they were thinking of releasing a new line of paints with new names—then maybe
a name in honour of Best would be appropriate.
She was surprised by the quick response.
The company said, while they had a new name for the colour already, they remembered Best’s contest win and wanted to remember her with a name in her honour as well as to help bring attention to mental health issues.
Pollard says they discussed an appropriate name and they came up with “Belle” followed by a musical note.
A noted animal lover and advocate for rescue, “Belle” is the name of Best’s first rescue dog.
“Belle ended up being very good for her in her mental health,” Pollard said. “Belle gave her a lot to kind of live for. And she named her music studio after Belle.”
She appreciates the fact that FAT Paint changed their plans for the name of this paint for Best, saying they deserve a lot of recognition for the gesture.
“It is just a paint colour, but I think the point I was trying to get across is that no gesture is too small, you can’t do too little,” said Pollard. “I wanted something to not only honour her memory and something for our community to look forward to, but also to spark that conversation about mental health and mental illness.
“Even if it is a paint colour, it’s still going to spark a bigger conversation. So that was important to me.”
In the Facebook post by The Grapevine it says how pleased the community is with the name of the paint.
“I think we are all going to love this colour and what it brings to our lives,” it says.