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
"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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