Wednesday, June 12, 2013


The mural is cruising along! Daily we receive new panels it seems. We love the diversity of the styles and the subject matters!!

The first official artist panel to arrive was done by Landon Peters. It was exciting to get his panel back so quickly!!
Then we also had Mairi Budreau who was equally quick but was open to sharing her creative process with the artist team on facebook. She tweaked her painting as she went along and created a fabulous masterpiece of her husband who once was a Canada Summer games power lifter competitor!
Another artist who jumped on the project quickly was Hanne Lore Kohler- wow...she has been so supportive of all the artists work and at the same time has created a stunning colorful Kayaker in rough waters...beautiful
And then of course was the extremely unique and wonderfully creative overhead view painting by Andrew Giffin! You can feel the oars going into the water...stunning...
Its like Christmas around here as we get emailed painting after painting. The mural is coming to life and its very exciting to see!!
This blogging will be fun but adds another job to my administrating to the artists, trying to paint and all the other good stuff these murals bring. I sure love it though...meeting such talented artists from across the country through these projects is so wonderful!!
I have to get some sleep though as my 1 year old likes to wake up at 4:45 a.m. these days so my nights are short.
See the mural at

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The official launch of the mural

The beginning of the mural officially was a very exciting occasion. Serge Malenfant and the city of Sherbrooke staged a packed house media launch to announce the project and how it would unfold.

The project is very much bilingual. TRULY CANADIAN! Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and myself are all from French roots. I have many relatives in Quebec. So this project is a return to our roots. I wish I was able to write fluently en francais but unfortunately I do not have that ability. But thankfully Serge - who is fluent in both languages - is truly the key unifying piece of the mural.

This was evident at the launch as he was able to translate to all the media and VIP guests from the Sherbrooke region how Quebec would unite Canada through art in one of the most unique mural projects in the world.

Crowds gathering at the media launch
Serge Malenfant from MURIRS explaining the project
Lewis Lavoie painting the first tile of the mural as photgraphers snap away.
As reporters interviewed Lewis and Serge their were many questions and jaw dropping moments as reporters had an incredibly tough time understanding how a mural could be created by hundreds of artists who don't know each other, do not speak the same language, would all paint their own individual painting, yet together create a much larger unified image.
There was plenty of head shaking and bewilderment. But nevertheless the project began...and here is the first official painting- THE SPORTS VOYAGEURS by Lewis Lavoie...making the TREK to Sherbrooke for the 2013 Games!
And the mural was officially started!! Here we go!
Its two months away until the unveiling of our coolest Mural Mosaic yet! It has been over a year in progress and it has been fun fun to work with hundreds of artists from across Canada. Serge Malenfant from MURIRS in Sherbrooke Quebec has been a phnomenal team mate to work with on this project. We have always wanted to create a mural for Eastern Canada and what better partner could we have found then Serge and his team!

We visited Sherbrooke in the early part of 2013 and to see his murals was so exciting!!  To combine our Mural Mosaic technique with Serge's trompe l'oeill effect is very very exciting.

I am going to start posting images here so you can watch and follow the road to the unveiling!

Lewis Lavoie and Serge Malenfant- getting the stories behind the murals

Remarkable murals of Sherbrooke
Every Mural tells a story
The planning process!
The wall that will unite Canada!