Take a moment and check out all of the individual mosaic tiles that have been painted by members of the community!
Gallery Director, Cyndi Cassidy's Speech
at the Unveiling Ceremony
Hello everyone, the mandate of the Quesnel Art Gallery Society is to support and promote local artists and to bring art to the community. This Community Spirit mural project is an awesome example of bringing art and creativity to the community.
A special thanks to Lee-Anne and Aaron for being the art directors for this awesome project.
And thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors and funding agencies that help us bring art to the community. As a volunteer run society, it's so important to have a community that supports us.
In the summer of 2019, when we were discussing what kind of workshops we should have in the summer of 2020, I thought, "Let's do a community mural!"
So from that thought, the project was planned, replanned and then replanned again when we thought we'd have to cancel because of Covid-19.
The community involvement in bringing this project to this point today is wonderful and almost overwhelming...
I'm so looking forward to seeing the mural unveiled today. The community of Quesnel can be proud of itself for participating in this beautiful creative project.
Art Director, Lee-Anne Chisholm's Speech at Unveiling Ceremony
This mural is a Quesnel Art Gallery Project. The idea was to bring the community together for a mural that was originally planned as a one week painting event to take place at the Art Gallery for the summer of 2020.
Unfortunately 2020 had other plans and many events had to be postponed for COVID 19. As you can imagine a community painting project that works with the guidelines for social distancing would be quite difficult so Cyndi thought maybe there’s another way and asked myself and Aaron Harder if it would be possible to design something that participating artists could paint at home.
We are always excited about a challenging artistic idea so we designed a mural made with mosaic tiles. These tiles were put together in a package with specific colours for the mural and allowed each participant to create their own masterpiece to be included in the project. We were so happy to find that the project was a hit and included 115 participants.
Thank you to everyone that was part of making this project happen.
The diversity of artists and creativity of individuals was inspiring to see and we hope that by bringing this project together it will also inspire the community and reflect a message that even when we are going through difficult times we are still all stronger together.