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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The 'Transformation' Project from 2007. The rendering artists were Annie Bergen, Lee Holeron, Suzanne Stobbe, Judy Schellenberg, Alerry Lavitt, Sherry, Darlene Drewniak, Marilyn Ashley Amarila, Brock Crawford, Gordon Kent, Marjorie Christie, Erica Holloway, Kelvin Free, Marcia Bauer, Becky-Lynne Theissen, Kate Dykman, Melanie Hyska, James Ferguson, Laurie Green, Angelina Jeanette and Vincent Shorting. Several of the pieces in this installation weathered badly over the years, and in October of 2011 was removed.

Original notes follow:

The 'Transformation' community Mural project was one that recruited and involved inner city artists who produced their rendered expressions of what transformation meant to them. It was led by Annie Bergen and Lee Holleron. A total of 19 pieces were produced by these artists- the individual pieces may be seen in Photos 3 through 21, along with comments in the photo captions by artists on their individual pieces: Darlene Drewnick (photo 7), Annie Bergen (photo 9), Marjorie Christie (photo 12) Kelvin Free (photo 14) Marcus Bauer (photo 15), Kate Dykman (photo 17) and Angeline Jeanette (photo 20). We were pleased to also have an overview commentary of the project:

Annie Bergen (Artist and Project Coordinator): "I believe that the 'Transformation' community Mural was a great success. I think this project has, and will continue to influence and inspire many people in the Point Douglas area. From conception to the completion and installation of the project, there have been many connections made between people, many lessons learned, many problems encountered and resolved, and much beauty experienced in the creation of art in a group setting."

"Lee Holleron and myself decided that a Community Mural based out of the Red Road Lodge would be beneficial to ourselves, to the community surrounding the hotel, and to those individuals that would participate in the creation of this beautiful wall we had envisioned. We felt that the theme of the project should be 'transformation', since we believe that word or phenomenon best describes what is beginning to happen in the city's core and what is needed in order to bring awareness and to start to heal some wounds of this neglected and stigmatized neighbourhood. We hoped the wall would be a source of awe and inspiration in an otherwise seemingly dark neighbourhood, that the experience would enrich our own lives and awareness as well as all those involved, and that the artists would cherish the opportunity to participate in this special, public project that would contribute to the beautification of their neighbourhood."

"Neither Lee nor I had any previous experience planning a project such as this; formulating a budget, planning dinners for artists, collecting materials and supplies, finding donors to support our project, equipping artists with whatever tools they needed, creating a time plan and organizing schedules, hosting a fund-raising party, the labour-intensive installation of all 19 panels; all of this turned out to be a much bigger job than we had ever anticipated. Still, everything went smoothly and Spin Star Studio opened her doors to the community each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer without fail."

"The artist's excitement was contagious and it was inspiring to see these beautiful, diverse panels taking form. Each panel manifests the artists' individual perception of transformation, and all the panels came together in the end to form a beautiful, harmonious wall, rich in content and in meaning. The wall is not only visually stunning, but it is also an installation that speaks of the great talent and diversity among people of the city's inner- core and the beautiful and poignant affect a grass-roots project such as this can have on the community."

"I believe the project was a total success because, with help from the Manitoba Arts Council, all of our donors and supporters - combined with the energy and passion of the painters - the vision we had for this spectacular wall became a reality, permanently infixed on the corner of Logan and Main. Although unavoidable circumstances caused us to stray somewhat from our budget, we were forced to be resourceful, creative and improvisational. The underlying goals and objectives we had for this project were met, and we are therefore very pleased with the way the 'Transformation' community Mural unfolded. We sincerely thank the Manitoba Arts Council and all the generous supporters who helped us see this project to completion."

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