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
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 Chicken Chef and Take Pride Winnipeg for sponsoring this wall in 2017 [Manny started painting walls with me when he was 13 years old. This is his first wall that he was supposed to design and paint on his own. He also received all the money for it]. At the time, he was attending Morris Public School where he took photography and digital pictures and learned to use photo-editing equipment. For this design, we took a walk down to the Red River shoreline in Morris and we took photographs of the water and how it accents the land, forming a sandy beach. Manny had taken some nice sunsets of it and my daughter Sonja had volunteered a lot at the Manitoba Stampede. Manny worked for the Town of Morris taking pictures and posting them on the website. He took some great ones of the Ferris Wheel so he collaged it with the sunset beach and historical photographs of the native chiefs who first settled the area. I painted about half of the wall. He liked to wait until 1 pm to start painting but I thought it was too hot. I helped him anyways. In reality, we split the work in half.
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 and we flew back and forth to Toronto which was lots of fun. One of Sonja’s friends name Laney also helped to paint the black bird.
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.
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.