145 Market Avenue (2)
Artist Jill Seller's conception of Nyg?rd Village. One of the most ambitious Mural projects ever undertaken in Winnipeg, work on this Mural took almost two full Mural seasons to complete. The completed Mural is 50 feet high and 92 feet wide.
This rendering was by Jill Sellers (lead artist), Peter Tetrault, Dave Penner and Dennis Bell for Nygard Fashion World. 'Nygard Village' didn't happen; a new tenant moved in, and in 2017 the Mural was painted over to make way for a new type of public art.
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Mural of the Year 2006
June 18, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MURAL OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED
Winnipeg, Manitoba--- The Murals of Winnipeg website and its panel of
independent judges have made its selection for the 2006 Mural of the Year.
The panel of 37 judges selected Jill Sellers' conceptual rendering of the proposed Nygård
Village at 145 Market as their choice for the honour from 38 new Winnipeg outdoor
murals painted in 2006.
Sellers served as senior artist on this project, which started in August of 2005 but was not
completed until mid-November of 2006. In 2006, she assembled a team of artists that
included Peter Tetrault, Dave Penner and Dennis Bell to assist her with the rendering.
"They were a great team to work with; and each of them brought something to the
project," said Sellers.
The photo-realistic mural is 92 feet wide and 50 feet high, and the scene evokes a
European flavour. Late in the project, Sellers and company populated the mural scene
with human figures, and included their portrait work of several people who worked in the
Nygård store. Penner did one portrait and the rest were rendered by either Sellers or
Tetrault. Great care was also taken by all four artists to accurately represent the clothing
and to present them in an attractive manner. Dennis Bell took the unusual extra step of
sculpting an ornate hanging frame around the Nygård portrait to highlight it.
"Jill is definitely one of Winnipeg's premiere muralists, and this incredible wall is a
crowning achievement for her career," said Bob Buchanan, who created
www.themuralsofwinnipeg.com and organized the effort to select the winner of the
award. Publicity shy Sellers declined Buchanan's offer of a celebratory luncheon in her
One mural judge called the mural 'one of the most ambitious mural projects ever
undertaken in Winnipeg'. Other judges called it 'visually stunning' and 'of the highest
"The judges were earnest and impartial, and came from all walks of life, but share a love
of public art and of our city," Buchanan added. The 37 judges worked independently to
review the 38 candidates and choose their selections. Judges came from various
backgrounds, and included artists, members of the business community, students and
This wall had previously been the site of artist Charlie Johnston's 1999 'Long Live Sport'
mural for Athlete's Wear that featured such well known athletes as Bob Cameron and
Donovan Bailey. When Nygård acquired the building, the older mural was painted over
in 2004. "I was one of those people who were dismayed at the time over losing a great
piece of public art, but no longer!" said Buchanan. "Our congratulations go out to the
mural client as well- it's a real achievement, and something that our citizens and visitors
will be able to view and admire for years to come."
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