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The world is your art gallery

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We live in a very artistic city. Just look around to see artists employing a variety of canvasses on which to render their craft.

The trick is to find the right medium for your inner artist. To find that outward expression of your vision and passion. It may be landscaping your garden or yard. It may be the sounds you make with your voice or instrument. It may be the pictures you take or create. It may be a style of dance. It may be a collection with special meaning.

I have made a conscious decision to stop driving past interesting sights. Imagine how much we could gain from the artistic experience by taking a closer look. One such example is the lone wolf at the corner of Whytewold Road and Lodge Avenue.

At present, the wolf is a blank canvas but neighbours have watched it transform from a Halloween skeleton to an Easter bunny to a Santa. I’ve driven by many times and wished I could let the artist responsible know how much pleasure he or she brings.

The other day, I got my wish. Charlie happened to be out chalk-painting on his sidewalk. I had to pull over and talk to him.

As it turns out, Charlie, known as "the mural guy", has a number of works all over town (visit www.c5artworks.com). His largest project is Layin’ Down Tracks on the Disraeli Freeway, which Charlie describes as "big and wild" (I agree).

His most recent accomplishment is Breakthrough — a fusion of wall art and sculpture at Pan Am Place on Arthur Street.

Charlie constantly challenges himself and his art. He has worked with students of all ages on a number of projects. His past partnership with 200 students in Winnipeg saw them complete an international human rights mural in just one day. His current mural project with Langevin School in Calgary is a collaboration with 600 high school students. A challenge, to be sure.

While Charlie and I were chatting, another woman pulled over and thanked him profusely for sharing his talents with the neighbourhood.

That’s what I’m talking about. Look around, appreciate the art around you, and learn about it. If nothing else, you’ll make the daily commute more enjoyable.

Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact wprychitko@yahoo.ca

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