Art club challenges community to create Maple Leaf mural
Deadline to purchase colouring book with tiles is March 31
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 06:00 am
Are you ready to put your creativity skills to the test?
The Westlock Community Art Club is challenging the community to create a Maple Leaf mural using a 25-page colouring book to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The murals will be displayed at an art show at the Rotary Spirit Centre on July 1 to coincide with the Town of Westlock’s Canada Day celebrations.
“We thought it would be fun to extend the celebration because it was a combined event last year for the Town of Westlock and now this year is Canada’s 150th,” said art club vice-president Kathy Nelson.
“We thought it would be fun to have a challenge that would involve lots of the Westlock community area, service groups, schools.”
The St. Albert creators of the colouring book are the same ones behind the Westlock Centennial mural hanging in the Spirit Centre — Lewis Lavoie, Phil Alain and Paul Lavoie.
The colouring book features an image representing Canada on each page. Once completed, the images will form a 48-inch by 48-inch mural. The club is asking each group to assemble the tiles and mount them on cardboard or corrugated plastic before they are submitted to the art show.
“It will be fun to have them all throughout the Spirit Centre as part of our celebration,” Nelson said. “It was just so much fun. It was like our hockey player mural. It just involved so many different people and everyone who did a tile that came back to look at the finished product was just amazed at how it came together.”
Afterwards, the groups can take their murals back or let the art club keep them.
A prize will be awarded for “most original” with a free one-hour group art lesson organized at a later date.
The club is asking interested artists, students, service clubs, groups, and anyone else to contact them before March 31 to order a colouring book for $20.
Nelson would like to have the murals in before July 1 and from schools before the end of the school year.
“Each group can take and run with,” she said. “We don’t have to be there to supervise it and do all the things we did with all the tiles (for the centennial mural). This is an individual (project). Everybody can have a lot of fun being creative with how they colour it or paint it or doodle it. And see how many original maple leaves we can come up with.”
To purchase a colouring book, e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Nelson at 780-307-5522.