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 his time. 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
News clippings from Winnipeg Freepress, The Carillon, Southeast Journal and Pembina Valley Online.:
Located on Main Street, Morris, MB (near the post office). Thanks to Take Pride Winnipeg and Chicken Chef for sponsoring this wall. 2017
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.
Above is the Jack Daniel’s interior wall that I just painted in March 2016 at the Canad Inns located in Windsor Park. It is actually in their bar called “Cowboys” and represents their label.
The above mural was painted for SAY Magazine, a First Nations magazine located on Logan Avenue in Winnipeg during the summer of 2015. I was still painting the Jack Daniel’s mural while I was drawing this one out. I remember I was furiously in debt and needed to paint faster, to make more money. The field represents the treaty land which was originally owned by First Nations people but signed over unknowingly in a disputable deal. People on the inside of this circle represent many of the positive stories of local and international Aboriginals; letting go of their past and moving forward despite great odds.
This is a small mural on the side of a garage in Windsor Park area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I painted it during July of 2015, at the same time as the Jack Daniel’s exterior mural. Phyllis commissioned this and it represents their former dog, their view from the hotel where they stay in Mexico and the buchambilia tree which is so prevalent in the area. It is on the corner of Fontaine Bay and De Bourmont Bay.
This mural is my most recent and it is a 1250 square foot mural located at 248 River Avenue, Winnipeg on the topic of Vietnamese refugees. It has been well documented through CBC TV and the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding came from Take Pride Winnipeg, Petersen and King, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and Osborne Village BIZ. Thanks very much for making it possible!
This is my drawing or proposal, rendered in watercolour and pencil crayon.
This mural was completed October 2015 and received the Mural of the Year Award. It represents the tumultuous journey of Tam, a Vietnamese Refugee who came to Canada in the 1970s and has helped several others come to Canada since. He established the organization called CHKV, Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam and it is their 40th Anniversary. The left hand side shows refugees making the 5 -day journey, running from a war-torn country, eating little rations and arriving on the beach. The media parallels this trek to the experience of many Syrian Refugees.