New artworks in Ontario town enrich everyday activities for locals

Anthony Fenech’s artwork, ‘Uptown Theatre,’ is a depiction of the community landmark located in downtown Orangeville.

Anthony Fenech’s artwork, ‘Uptown Theatre,’ is a depiction of the community landmark located in downtown Orangeville.

New murals created by local artists are now on display at the Alder Recreation Centre’s walking track in Orangeville, Ont.

Each piece stands 2.4 m (8 ft) tall and is installed on four different walls along the track.

Anthony Fenech’s artwork, ‘Uptown Theatre,’ is a depiction of the community landmark located in downtown Orangeville. Originally commissioned as a retirement gift, the piece intends to remind residents of fond memories shared with family and friends at this nostalgic destination.

Wendy Reid from Melancthon, Ont., created ‘Becoming,’ a mural featuring flowing lines, varied textures, and vivid colours.

Wendy Reid from Melancthon, Ont., created ‘Becoming,’ a mural featuring flowing lines, varied textures, and vivid colours.

 

Wendy Reid from Melancthon, Ont., created ‘Becoming,’ a mural featuring flowing lines, varied textures, and vivid colours. Inspired by her love of people, the piece enables a close encounter with the spirit of the artist’s subject.

Christina Clare of Orangeville who painted ‘Boy in Green Pasture,’ captures her son as he wanders through tall, green grass and admires the picturesque views of the rolling fields surrounding the town.

Christina Clare of Orangeville who painted ‘Boy in Green Pasture,’ captures her son as he wanders through tall, green grass and admires the picturesque views of the rolling fields surrounding the town.

 

 

Christina Clare of Orangeville who painted ‘Boy in Green Pasture,’ captures her son as he wanders through tall, green grass and admires the picturesque views of the rolling fields surrounding the town. Clare enjoys painting the human figure in action and capturing the facial expressions and emotions of her subjects.

Paramjit Kaur Kang of Shelburne, Ont., painted ‘The Glimpse of Orangeville,’ in acrylic. In her artwork, she invites the audience to discover the area’s natural, historical, and cultural offerings.

Paramjit Kaur Kang of Shelburne, Ont., painted ‘The Glimpse of Orangeville,’ in acrylic. In her artwork, she invites the audience to discover the area’s natural, historical, and cultural offerings.

Paramjit Kaur Kang of Shelburne, Ont., painted ‘The Glimpse of Orangeville,’ in acrylic. In her artwork, she invites the audience to discover the area’s natural, historical, and cultural offerings. To enrich the work, the artist layered intext, creating even more opportunities to learn about the region’s history.

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The installations are intended to add vibrancy and interest to the facility while demonstrating the role artwork can play in enriching everyday activities.

“Our creative sector is a vital part of our community,” said Coun. Lisa Post, chair of the cultural plan task force. “Installing artwork in popular spaces like the walking track creates more opportunities for residents to discover and appreciate our artists and their work.”

The murals were selected by the town’s cultural plan task force as part of the annual call for artists announced in March 2020. Successful artists received a fee of $500 for their designs.

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