Wellington Crescent & St. James Bridge (1)
This Mural was rendered by Paul Ullrich and Students of Kelvin High in 1996, with
sponsorship by BFI Waste Services and Take Pride Winnipeg. The painters were
Stephanie Philips, Kevin Doerkson, Krystyna Szodkowska, Jennifer Reynolds, Jennifer
Riddell, Lisa Waite, Jessie Cooke, Louise Galvin, Suzie Smith, Merlindo Sevillo, and
Daniella Lagglia. The Mural was painted over in July of 2010 and a new Mural replaced
Original notes follow:
Paul Ullrich: "That first one I did was this Zoo Mural under Route 90 with students from
Kelvin High. That took a week it was a really fast job. I really liked it. It was the
middle of an election year and the mayor at that time, Susan Thompson even showed up
as part of the campaign and painted a line on the Mural and the press were there!"
"I went out to the wall and did all the measurements and inspected the condition of the
wall and then I went home with the measurements and sketched out to the design,
coloured it and then took it to Take Pride Winnipeg."
"That was one of the few ones that had a big black outline and I rather liked the look. I
don't really consider myself a painter despite six years of art school training. This I very
much liked doing because I was working with solid colours and an outline. Because I
come from a printing and publishing background, that's the way I did it! This first one
was a little rough because I had never worked with students before. I didn't know how to
draw on the wall or what to use (for the outline). I tried using chalk and that was an
absolute disaster. Not only did it not cling to the wall, but didn't react to the paint very
well. I tried to grease pencils and they were even worse because of the grease! I tried
charcoal and nothing was working. Finally out of desperation and because I didn't have
anything else, I tried an ordinary HB pencil and that worked the best!"
"That mural I drew freehand. With the students, I used pretty much a paint by number
approach, except I used letters instead of numbers to mark the sections indicating what
colour they were to be. I had them first draw the black outline and then paint within the
black outline. At the end of the day after the students left I would correct any mistakes
that they made and smooth out the edges of the black outline."
"But it was the fast job and completed in a week. They liked it so much I even got paid a