Jeff Green | Jan 26, 2006
Feature Article - January 26, 2006
Feature ArticleJanuary 26, 2006
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Sharbot Lake mural comes alive
The first in a series of murals planned for the Central Frontenac Heritage Mural Project is almost completed.
Artists Rodger MacMunn and Donna Larocque have been working steadily on the huge project for the last three weeks in the library building in Mountain Grove. They expect to comfortably finish it by next week.
The mural depicts Sir John A MacDonald’s funeral train as it passed through Sharbot Lake, and six of the people in the painting are actually portraits of grandparents of local residents.
Approximately $11,400 for the project was raised by a special mural committee, which is within $300 of the cost so far. As funding milestones were reached, materials were ordered and various parts of the work began. Rodger MacMunn says that the mural has come in slightly under the original budget, and the work has gone more quickly than anticipated. The mural will be installed at Stedman’s in the spring.
The next mural will be of the Parham Fair around the year 1950 and the committee hopes that a large number of portraits will be sponsored to help the costs. Their goal is to fundraise between $4 to $6,000 by the end of February so the muralists can start working in March. Some paints and materials will be left over from the Sharbot Lake mural, so the costs of the Parham one will be slightly lower than was originally projected.
Councillor Janet Gutowski says, “With council and the community supporting this project the Central Frontenac Heritage Project is quickly becoming a reality.”