The Chapleau Community Mural Project
Five Northern Ontario artists will supervise and coordinate the
creation of ten (10) murals depicting the history and community life
of Chapleau. As well as imparting a unique style to each mural, the
Supervising Artists will interact with the public and artists from several
communities. Members of the community will be invited to take part in
the design and execution of the murals, and workshop sites will be open
to visitors. The completed billboard-size murals will be mounted or
erected in strategic locations throughout the community of Chapleau.
In conjunction with the unveiling of the murals, the Supervising Artists
will hold an exhibition of their own works, which is scheduled to tour
the region, along with a documentary presentation of the Mural Project.
A Web Site will document the project, as well as encourage input and
dialogue among the communities.
Bonnie Ivey demonstrates the work area where the creation of the
murals will take place. Teams of local artists are ready to begin.
In two months time, Chapleau will see the finished works adorn the
walls of its downtown core.
And we're off! The second step in the creation of the murals is
the projection. The image is enlarged up to 50 times the size of
the original and the contour lines are drawn in order to have a
basic representation of the wanted mural. We would like to thank
the Chapleau Ministry of Natural Resources for their computer projector
- an ideal tool for this crucial step.
||Now, the real
fun begins. These three artists work on the first layer of paint.
In the creation process of the mural, the artists start with a flat
image, giving the base colours to the mural.
How to give life to a mural? -Hire a professional artist.
This 10' X 40' mural was the most challenging one. First, the
sheer size of it offered many hurdles. Also, it being the first
in the series, required more patience. You can do all the necessary
research, but unforeseen elements tend to present themselves at
the most inopportune moments.
final touches. Bonnie Ivey works on a few refinements, while the
two gentlemen lend a hand cutting the wing-tip that will branch
out of the mural. Everything must be planned out. For this small
piece, a silicone sealer will be needed along the edges to prevent
the water from seeping in. The life-span of a mural can be greatly
extended thanks to additional precautions: primer, UV protector,
The following five (5) Supervising
Artists have agreed to participate in the project:
(Thunder Bay, ON)
* to view Michael's
work in progress
|This mural depicts early logging
during a time when horses were needed year round for the transportation
of lumber to and fro the local mills.
|The mural celebrates the 100
year involvement of Canadian Pacific Railway in the creation and
growth of our community. It's new equipment represents well the
company's commitment to the future of strength and stability of
- Realist works of Nature and historic subjects;
- Broad commercial experience creating outdoor
- Specializes in air brush techniques;
- As a preliminary to the project, Michael
will hold a workshop on the technical aspects of creating outdoor
Betty Albert-Lincez "Wabimeguil" (Fox
Lake Reserve, Chapleau, ON)
- Traditional Native style, depicting lifestyle
and spiritual/symbolic subjects;
- Widely known throughout Northern Ontario,
experienced teacher and project facilitator;
- Specializes in acrylic graphic and painting
Bonnie Lynne Ivey (Chapleau, ON)
|This mural depicts a scene from
the general store "Smith and Chappel Limited" of Chapleau,
|This mural commemorates the contribution
of the airlift services to the development of our region. The beaver
was and is still the favoured plane for local outfitters.
- Realist works of Nature, historic and documentary
- Specializes in watercolour and mixed media;
- Leader in arts development;
- Experienced teacher with all age groups.
Normand Fortin (Kapuskasing, ON)
Fortin's mural was sure to present many challenges. The sheer size
of the wall, being 20' X 50', required more than just a regular
mural. For greater impact, it was necessary to cover a large portion
of the wall, using a series of pieces to form the image. The Civic
Centre, located next to the river, would be the ideal surface for
a nature scene. Normand created a 30 foot high sculptural mural.
The artwork, made with a mixture of cement and plastic, is sure
to stay for many years. Thanks to the contribution of the Chapleau
Hydro Commission, mounting the pieces was done without much difficulty,
although the work took well over 12 hours.
- Abstract Expressionist style;
- Professional fine artist/sculptor with comprehensive
knowledge and experience in installations, both exterior and interior,
- Specializes in acrylics and mixed media,
paintings and three-dimensional artistic structures.
Mary Weymark Goss (Moonbeam, ON)
to view Mary's work in progress
|This mural is a tribute to those who, in
many instances, put their lives on the line for the well being and
safety of the community.
- Expressionist symbolist style, abstract themes;
- Professional fine artist with extensive experience
in large thematic and narrative works, community and group projects
including murals and book-works, publications, group direction and
instruction in the arts;
- Specializes in oils, mixed media, fibre and
Various groups have already asked
to take part in this project. All age groups will be encouraged to participate
in or visit the projects in progress. Normand Fortin and Michael O'Connor
will hold in-residence workshops which will be open to the public. Mary
Weymark Goss (Director of the Arts Circle in Kapuskasing, ON) will hold
Open Ateliers in the Model City Mall in Kapuskasing, assisted by members
of the art group, her student assistant(s), and school and community
groups. During the project artists and participants from the various
communities will have the opportunity to meet and work with each other,
many for the first time.
the obvious work, that of the artists, is the immense task of site
preparation. Here Mike Donivan, volunteer technical supervisor,
ensures that all the necessary elements are in place before the
mounting of the mural panels. Each mural requires approximately
30 hours of preparation, from frame design and fabrication, to wall
strapping and bracing. Thank you, Mike!
Corporate sponsorship and other
support will help pay for the erection and maintenance of the murals,
and related costs.
murals project brought together many individuals and community groups.
Thanks to the support of the corporate, private and public sectors
the unique project was ready for its official unveiling, on June
21st, 2000. People from all walks of life, joined with representatives
from all three levels of government, were on hand to commemmorate
this momentus occasion.
The involvement of the two professional
fine artists is seen as an opportunity to present a broader representation
of artists and artistic styles than is common in these smaller communities.
By working and talking with the artists, members of the communities
will develop a better understanding of the arts and arts resources in
Northern Ontario. Most of the artists are deeply involved in their communities,
some of them being virtually the only link to the arts for their home
This project is an opportunity
to share artistic resources between remote communities. It will also
encourage our artists to work together to forge a stronger artistic
presence in the Near North.
The Quatrain Project Steering Committee would like
to express its appreciation to Mary Weymark Goss for her support and
priceless input in the project planning process. Thank you, Mary!