A group of Manitoba and western Canadian artists has been working this summer to bring public art to two local communities.
The Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival’s inaugural Rural Mural Tour made stops over the past two months in Boissevain and Brandon.
In June, the Rural Mural Tour celebrated its inaugural mural in Boissevain. Visual artist duos NASARIMBA and the Travelling Sign Painters completed the 1,330-sq.-ft. mural (the first one created in Boissevain in more than 17 years), which visually represents different aspects of the community, connecting local flora to the landscapes of Turtle Mountain, the many lakes in the area and the history of its heritage homes.
Photographers Jen Doerksen and Buio Assis of BNB Studios were on hand to document the creation of the Boissevain mural.
The mural’s title, These Roots Run Deep, comes from a song by Manitoba folk trio Red Moon Road. As part of the festival’s programming, Red Moon Road and the Travelling Sign Painters facilitated a songwriting and sign-painting workshop for area high-school students.
More recently, artists Kenneth Lavallee, Annie Beach and the team at Synonym Art Consultation have been painting a star blanket mural on the Community Health and Housing Building in downtown Brandon, culminating today with a community block party to celebrate the city’s newest murals.
The star blanket mural joins five others created by the team in Winnipeg, including one that covers the University of Winnipeg’s Helen Betty Osborne building on Ellice Avenue in the West End. In First Nations culture, star blankets are bestowed as gifts of the highest honour.
The Wall-to Wall Rural Mural Tour is now booking for the 2020 and 2021 mural tours. For more information, visit walltowallwpg.com.