Overcoming Adversity: Vietnamese Refugees Mural

Winnipeg’s Mural Of The Year – 2015

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe – This pic blows up, nicely.

Risking sounding insensitive; I respect the mural, however, it is not my fave from 2015. I feel it was politically judged, rather than artistically judged. I have felt this, or sometimes that the art and politics are both a recipe for winning MOY. If that is the criterion, then why did the Nellie McClung Mural not win MOY 2016? I adore the mural that won, but it has nothing on Nellie and her gals getting women the vote.

Photo © Sherrie Yager

Moving on: A truck blocked part of the left side of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Here are some close-ups.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Pics taken by Resa – October 27, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba

I had to go around to shoot what the truck blocked on the left of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

I shot the above Mountie & below, Tam Nguyen who owns the building the mural is painted on.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Tam Nguyen receives his Canadian citizenship.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Going My Jay?

These have got to be Blue Jays.

I found this in a skinny lane, across Harbord Street from where I found the garages.

I did my best to capture this 3 story mural.

However, due to the narrowness of the lane, and that a fab full shot could have been taken if I had stood in the middle of constant traffic, I went with this.

This is the second mural I have found with painted cut-outs on top of a painted background.

My heart beat faster than a bird’s wings when I found it.

Pics taken by Resa – May 28, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

 

Jackson Beardy

Jackson Beardy – July 24, 1944 – December 8, 1984

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

Raised early on by his Ojibway grandparents, Jackson was removed from his home as a child and placed in the government’s controversial “Residential Schools” program.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1970, Jackson and his family were forbidden entrance to the National Arts Centre gala in Ottawa. The show, commemorating Manitoba’s centennial, featured Jackson’s work.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1972 Jackson and six more native artists formed the “Professional Native Artist Association”. This has come to be known as “The Indian Group Of Seven”.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1985, the year after his death, 2 murals were painted in his honor. Based on prints of Jackson’s, they have since been restored and repainted. Read all about the Jackson Beardy Mural

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

You can read about Jackson’s life on the “Native Art in Canada” website.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

Pics taken by Resa, November 28, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I would like to take an appropriate moment to thank J. Walters for the posts of hers I used for Kids’ Month. Her blog Canadian Art Junkie not only features Canadian artists, but is running a special this year featuring 150 Canadian Artists to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

J Walters also features world wide art on her blog Global Art Junkie and if you like photography, check out The Photo Junkie

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

Power Rocks and Poetry

In February, 2014, a team of Canadian Women won Curling gold at the Sochi Olympics. In March of 2017 Christy Birmingham wrote “Wolf”, for Kids’ Month.

Artists: Mandy van Leuuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

They all inspire me.

Artists: Mandy van Leuuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

So, let me introduce you to everyone, starting with the winning curling team.

Jennifer Jones – Skip

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Kaitlyn Lawes – Third

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Jill Officer – Second

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Dawn McEwan – Lead

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Kristen Wall – Alternate

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Coach – Janet Arnott

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire
Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Pics taken by Resa – November 1, 2016

Winnipeg, Canada

⭐ For those of you not already familiar with Christy Birmingham, here’s Christy! ⭐

Thank you Christy for writing “Wolf” for Kids’ Month. It meant a lot to me!  I’ve always enjoyed your writing talent and your blog,  Poetic Parfait.

When you began your second blog, When Women Inspire, I discovered a place of sisterhood, that I love to this day!

Christy is busy penning her first novel. In the meantime, she has 2 books of poetry on the market.

Click on either cover and you will be taken to where you can buy a copy!

The Artists of the mural:

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire
Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Greek Myths & Graffiti Murals – Collaboration with Aquileana

Could this be  KHOLKIKOS, the serpent dragon? According to Aquileana from La Audacia de Aquiles, yes.

I agree, and this could be HELIOS aka APOLLO,

… with one of his 4 sun chariot horses.

Pic blows up beautifully

Thinking I’d struck myth gold with this mural found at the University of Toronto, I sent pics to Aquileana, who had found murals about myths, as well. So was born our Greek Mythology/ Graffiti Murals Collaboration.

He really does look like the sun! His sister Artemis aka Selene looks on.

I am presenting the mural from left to right.

Click on Pic to see the full glory of the mural

Next in the mural, there is a man behind a wolf.

I thought this would be the Olympic boxer Damarchus, who is also Lycanthropeis or the first werewolf.

It seems this couple is waving to us. I hope they don’t get fleeced by KHOLKIKOS. Hmm, did the ancients have high-rise cityscapes?

I’m not sure why the woman has 3 arms. Aquileana presented some insight. There is unity, divinity and the fact that 3 is both a lunar and solar number.

I see this in the artistic rendering that Aquileana did to a section of the mural. I see the woman’s third arm warming up the man’s inner soul. It’s very clever. Art begets art.

Behind the couple is MANTICORE. He is a lion’s body with a man’s head, and lion’s mane. Sounds a bit Sphynx-like  as well.

Although he looks like a sweetie in this mural, don’t be fooled. Manticore was known to be deadly vicious.

I’m really excited to read Aquileana’s post. She is much more detailed. I have learned a lot about Greek Mythology from reading her blog. Otherwise, I would have thought this mural was just another pretty picture!

Pics taken by Resa – March 17 & April 9, 2017

Toronto, Canada

As I am a mural glutton, I thought I would tease you all with a sneak peak of what Aquileana found at the The Galileo Galilei planetarium, aka Planetario in Buenos Aires. All photos are © Amalia Piedmont.

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Aquileana is an Uber Blogger hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She’s smart as a whip & I always have to read her posts 2 or 3 times. This is because I want to completely absorb all she has taken so much time to share with us. Follow Aquileana on Twitter. Click on the Bird & check out her page.

Click on this sentence and go to Aquileana’s post on our  collaboration on Greek Myths and Graffiti Murals.

NOTES ON THE MURAL

I tried very hard to find out who the artist is, and how old the mural is. I had no luck.

Three weeks later, I returned to the U of T tunnel  to scour the mural for a signature or date, to no avail.

I found an image on-line taken in 2008. It was showing a bit of wear back then. I’m estimating that from the wear I see in the pic I took below that it is 15 years old, maybe more.

Blows up nicely!

Although the ancient Greeks had sundials, this modern U of T model was of no help, as I have no idea how to read it.

Liberty Cat Mural

Thank you Georgiann! Your “Chicklets” and poems were a Kids’ Month highlight!

Artist: Jarus

OMG!  Emmanuel Jarus is absolutely one of my top 5 street artists, and this work is his.

Artist: Jarus

I read on Georgiann’s blog, Rethinking Life, that she liked snuggling up with a nice hot drink, a good book and a cat. I don’t see the book, but the sentiment remains.

Artist: Jarus

This mural, in Liberty Village Toronto, is seen best from about a block away. Please… click on the pic below to see how gorgeous it is!

Artist: Jarus

Some close-ups.

Artist: Jarus
Artist: Jarus

Thank you, Georgiann! Purrrrrrrrr! ⭐

Artist: Jarus

Pics taken by Resa – March 1, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

It is definitely Jarus. I couldn’t find a signature. It could be behind a car.

This blows up nice, too!