Essex Outdoor Mural Gallery Expands
Tuesday August 13th, 2013
Posted at 2:00pm
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Recently, Essex Centre added eight new murals to its ever-growing outdoor mural gallery.
During the Essex Fun Fest weekend, July 12th to 14th, selected artists primed Bell Canada utility boxes and spent at least two days painting small murals at key locations throughout Essex Centre.
“Through the Ages” was the theme that local artists were asked to use. Their creative interpretation of that theme has produced the following murals:
- “Stayin’ Alive” by Marilyn McLean (Gordon and Talbot)
- Barn mural by Lorelei Hotz (Brien Ave. W. near Talbot)
- “Before the Storm” by Martin Lacasse (Maidstone Ave. E. across from Orchard Park)
- “Essex in Bloom” by Jessica Beaudoin with assistance from Jeff Azar (Maidstone Ave. E. and Talbot)
- “Queen and Wigle’s Ford Garage” by Susan Dupont Baptista (Brien Ave. E. near Talbot)
- “Quilting History in a Ham Curing Barn circa 1940” by Vera Graham (Gosfield Townline near Talbot)
- “Sports” by Leyla Munteanu (Maidstone Ave. W. across from Allen Ave.)
- “Through the Ages” by Christine Dexter (Milne and Laird)
Mural Committee Chairperson Chris Gelinas is very happy with the results and says the project has raised awareness of the Town’s mural program.
“Our partnership with the Bell Box Murals Project has allowed us to add eight murals to our mural inventory in just a few short days,” says Gelinas. “It has also allowed us to showcase the talents of some local artists who have depicted a variety of historically significant scenes, including the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and a woman sewing a quilt used for guiding fugitive slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom in our region.”
Essex Centre now has 21 murals in its outdoor mural gallery.