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New mural unveiled on side of Red Road Lodge

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A new mosaic mural is drawing attention to the Red Road Lodge.


The mural, created by artist Annie Bergen and other artists from Studio 631, which is located in Red Road, was unveiled on the side of the building at the corner of Logan Avenue and Main Street last week.


Animals from the seven sacred teachings of Aboriginal peoples are depicted on the mosaic mural, made using small pieces of coloured glass or tile.


Funding for the project was provided through the Manitoba Arts Council and Neighbourhoods Alive!.


Bergen said the idea came from her partner Lee Holleron, and after three years of working on it the project is complete.


"It worked out great because it was something the community could work on," said Bergen, who lives in South Point Douglas.


"People really got into different aspects of the art."


Bergen said the mural has had a positive impact on the lodge and the community.


"Residents who live here came down and helped, and we had a number of different community groups come in and help," said Bergen, who helped develop the art programming at the lodge.


"It feels good, it’s really that simple. The impact is huge, it will be a legacy for the community for a long time."


Holleron said taking part in community projects provide a positive feeling for those living in the area.


"We’re very excited to be part of these community projects. I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere," Holleron said.


"We’ve created a beautiful project that has engaged hundreds of people. It shows what people can accomplish in what is sometimes portrayed as a scary neighbourhood."


Richard Walls, chief executive officer of Red Road Lodge, said the new mural will help bring the community together.


"The project was to use art to cultivate change. Inside the studio changes the lives of people, but to bring it to the street, everybody can play a role," Walls said.


"It’s rebuilding community, and rebuilding lives."


Bergen said even though the art studio at Red Road is closing, the art program will continue to be offered.


"There’s been ups and downs, but mostly ups. Once we learned how to engage the community it went well," she said.


"We’re saying ’bye to Red Road after this but we found a place in the basement of Knox United Church to continue the program."

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