Each year, we lose some good outdoor art in Winnipeg. For the year indicated, here's a last look at, a last goodbye to some of the artwork that has disappeared that year.


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1318 Strathcona Street   

'The Wall of Fame'
Mandy van Leeuwen's very first Mural for Clifton Community centre, rendered in 1997 with friend Alana Whitely (both unsigned); with sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg. The Mural was painted over in 2010. Original notes follow:

  
Mandy van Leeuwen groans when shown this one, her first ever commission back in 1997 when she was just 18. Even though a lot of people really like this wall, Mandy has a tough time looking back at her earliest effort at Mural painting.

Mandy: "I had been given this wall as my first mural to do. A friend of mine, Alana Whitely, still my closest friend, and Jennifer's (fellow artist and business partner Jennifer Johnson) cousin helped me with it."

"Not knowing much about mural art only the basics, it was kind of mind boggling to figure out what to do here, something to do with sports and I thought how about a wall of fame. As you can see it's very cartoon-like, so I put together a plan, they liked it, and so we did it until the snow came."

The idea of the Polaroids on a bulletin board was hers, similar to what proud parents might have in their scrapbook or on their fridge door. Today, it's an embarrassment to her. "I don't paint like this anymore. A lot more could have been done here. It was a good wall to work with, semi-smooth. If I had the experience that I have now it would have been very different. I was a bit nervous and apprehensive with it being my first commission."

"Someone stole a car and drove it into the wall so it damaged it a bit and we had to go back and touch it up a bit. The one I liked the best was the soccer scene. Her hands are little funny though."

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