MANITOBA STAMPEDE MURAL

This is a mural which I just completed in the town of Morris, Manitoba (2018) and it took 2 months.  It is located on the north-facing wall of 654 Main Street.  It is painted on the side of Bigway Grocers and represents the various activities that take place during the rodeo every summer; chuck wagon races, barrel racing, bull riding, bronco busting and calf roping.  It also historically depicts the building of the grandstands in 1961, logos and the clown.  I would like to thank Bigway Grocers, the Town of Morris, the Government of Manitoba (Heritage Grant and Hometown Grant), Take Pride Winnipeg, Morris District Museum, Valley Agricultural Society, the RM of Morris and Dr. Manness for their financial support.  Discounts were given by Home Hardware and TOC Rentals.  I would also like to thank my team of apprentice artists: Mason MacIvor and Manny Wiebe for their excellent artistic ability and Jun Lei for volunteering for one day.  Also held during this time was the Community in Bloom Conference which I was able to speak at.  The mural launch was held on the same weekend and I appreciate all those who attended.  Also, I would like to thank the Honourable Shannon Martin; MLA for Morris Constituency, the Town of Morris Mayor; Gavin Vanderlind, Tom Ethans; Executive Director of Take Pride Winnipeg and Pat Schmitke; Owner of Bigway Grocers for attending and saying a few words.  I also adore all the press I got!  Thanks a bunch. – Sincerely, Sarah Collard

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News clippings from Winnipeg Freepress, The Carillon, Southeast Journal and Pembina Valley Online.:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/artists-combining-to-create-giant-manitoba-stampede-mural-488694601.html

https://www.thecarillon.com/local/Morris-muralist-brings-Stampede-history-to-life-489261261.html

http://www.southeastjournal.ca/files/Sej%20Sept%2013%20Web.pdf

https://www.pembinavalleyonline.com/local/ig-mural-planned-for-morris-bigway

 


St Jean Historical Mural

I started this wall in 2019 but it will be finished in 2020.  It is located on the side of Bigway Grocers in St. Jean, Manitoba and depicts the entire town, both historical and contemporary aspects; Ice road, quad derby, divided boulevard, the cathedral, the 1950 flood, the bridge, farm yards, the convent, the graineries and the ferry.  Thanks to Sonja Wiebe for helping me prime the wall and thanks to Bigway in St Jean for funding it.



Graphic Salmon, a mural in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

  

Graphic Salmon is a mural which is painted on the back alley of a commercial building on 773 Victoria Street, Kamloops, British Columbia (while teaching at NorKam Senior Secondary).  West Way Plumbing and Heating kindly commissioned this mural to stop tagging and brighten up the rear of the building which is attached to a parking lot.    You get a great view while sitting in Dairy Queen or driving west.  Many thanks to Neal and Tonja Perry for their generous contribution to the community.

 



StART Underpass Mural; Brookbanks Drive and Three Valleys Drive, Toronto

 

 

 

 

         

 

Ravine side and Trillium side movie

There are two sides to this Underpass mural which was commissioned in 2016.  The first side is entitled ” Trillium Path” and the other side is “Morning Ride”.  They are painted in an impressionistic manner utilizing pointillism and colour induction ideals popularized by George Seurat and Claude Monet.  There are hints of the Group of Seven, Tom Thompson, Emily Carr and Woodland Native Artists. It hosts Ontario’s provincial flower; the Trillium, Toronto’s historical houses such as the Brick Works, the Old Mill, the log cabin and references to Evergreen.  Many school children pass by this mural daily making it a treat for the young and old.  5,000 square feet.  16 ft tall.  This is my breakthrough mural.  Both my children Sonja and Manny helped me paint this wall.

http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pmmd/streetart.nsf/Artists/04A962F8FAC962B985257D7500489184?OpenDocument


Stonewall Collegiate: student mural

Stonewall mural left side unfinished  squares with scaff

Students at Stonewall Collegiate in Stonewall, Manitoba have painted a mural to depict the cross pollination of cultures, a First Nations mural.  The school was given a grant to involve Aboriginal students in the idea forming and painting of this mural, so they hired me to help.  I got students to divide the space into a grid and draw each square individually.  It depicts Lieutenant Archibald signing Treaty One with Red Eagle  (Mis-koo-ki-new), an Aboriginal elder as well as the effects of the fur trade, European inhabitation, a drumming circle, Manitoba Residential Schools, the Star Blanket and the Seven Sacred Teachings.  Stonewall has a large number of Metis, First Nations students.  The original school is blended onto the coin in the centre, which depicts collaboration with a handshake.