All Are My Relatives

All Are My Relatives

Artist: Nancy Deleary

153 Curtis Street, St Thomas Ontario

This mural connects with the specific setting at the Library, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood. The upper portion of the artwork, visible from the street, features a fire, row of corn, and an extraordinary night sky, a spectacular setting for the central characters including a storyteller and those gathered to listen by the fire. In the lower corners of the piece, there are animals that will draw visitors into the setting. The muskrat is key to the Indigenous Recreation story, as following the great flood, the semiaquatic rodent brought life back to earth from the depths through a morsel of sand. Viewers will note that the muskrat has a bandolier bag, which has always been a part of First Nations and Native American attire. There is also a mother bear and cub in the design. Similar to the muskrat, the mother bear is wearing a bandolier bag, symbolizing that all of creation has been given a set of original instructions and responsibilities that they have always maintained. The animals are situated in the space to remind human beings that we share the natural environment. This is emphasized by how the bear and cub are positioned on rock formations that visually extend the reading garden amphitheatre. All living things are in the same spot. The bear is traditionally considered a protector and maintains a very close relationship to the earth.

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Picture displays artwork on an electrical power box, artwork colours are purples, blues, black, and yellows.

Blueberry Mama

Artist: Stephanie Babij

Bell Park, Paris St, Greater Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6

This mural was created for the Up Here Festival in Sudbury, Ontario for a painted Power Box project. It is currently located at the bottom of the main steps into Bell Park, with the old painted hospital to your left. The artwork was created to commemorate my childhood memories of picking wild blueberries in my backyard in Sudbury. I’ve been away from my hometown for most of my life but coming back to create a piece of public art felt full circle and a source of pride. Miigwetch and thanks to the organizers of Up Here and the partnership of Greater Sudbury Utilities for the Power Up project.

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Artist: Kris Friesen

10724 95 St NW Edmonton, AB T5H 2C7

The Giants of Edmonton Mural Program celebrated Hope Hunter and the Boyle Street Community Services with this mural commission. The Boyle Street charity works to see all people grow healthier through involvement in strong, accepting and respectful communities. Hope is a mural inspired and influenced by First Nations people in Edmonton, and promotes the cultural aspects of inclusion, diversity, and putting people first.

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Raven’s Eye View

Artist: PJ Gilhuly

310 Nelson Ave, Nelson, BC V1L 2M8

PJ Gilhuly worked with Hume School students to create “Raven’s Eye View” on the side of Hume School. Makayla Taylor and the Nelson Youth Arts Action Committee also contributed to the creation of this piece.

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