314 Bond Street (2)
Location: SE corner Bond & Victoria; East Face (rear)
Occupant: RJ Accounting
Neighbourhood: Victoria West
Artist(s): Shelby Willis, Cheryl Metcalf
Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!, Dulux Paints, Transcona BIZ, Herc Rentals
Alex Morrison (ED, Transcona BIZ): "This Mural is a gallery in its own right,
with three soulful expressionistic portraits of the iconic animals of Manitoba.
Artists Shelby Willis and Cheryl Metcalf of Edmonton AB, worked through
blistering heat to create this beautifully moving tribute to the Manitoba
wilderness. It resonates with everyone: you can literally feel the spirit of
each creature when you look into their deep and detailed eyes. Located on the
east facing wall of RJ Accounting 134 Bond St, the best time to view this Mural
is mid morning, when the sun lights it up like a neon sign! It's a brilliant
Shelby Willis: "I am a self-taught artist, with a background in Environmental
Sciences. I bring my passion for nature and wildlife to life, in what I like to
call 'soulful spirit animal renditions'. The intuitive brushstrokes and positive
energy that I pour into each painting has led me to refer to the animals I paint
as spirit animals. People have said that it's like I am creating these creatures
from the inside out, starting with their souls and ending with their physical
forms. I liked that description!"
"I love pushing the boundaries of what is possible and strongly believe that if
you fearless pursue your biggest dreams, you are completely capable of making
them happen. It was this thinking that gave me the confidence to take on this
huge 15ft by 50ft wall."
"I have always been inspired by my Mom, Cheryl Metcalf, who is also a self
taught artist. Cheryl has always supported my creative side so it was a no
brainer to invite her to join me; it was such a fun adventure to be able to take
on this Mural with her help. We are both from Edmonton, however have strong
roots to Winnipeg. My Grandma/Baba a.ka. Cheryl's Mom was born in Winnipeg, and
my Grandma on my Dad's side was also born in Winnipeg. My Dad's Mom is a
descendant of Elzear Goulet, who has a memorial park dedicated to him in St.
"The idea for the circles was inspired by Mural art seen in Northern Canada, and
was a special request by the business owner. I incorporated the circles, using
fun bright colours, and made sure that the animals were not constrained by them,
by leaving ears and horns poking out of each. It's a nice reminder always think
outside of the box!"
"The Bison, the Moose and the Wolf were chosen to represent the spirits of
animals commonly found in Manitoba. The Bison Spirit Animal stands for abundance
and liberation. The Moose Spirit Animal stands for self esteem and courage and
the Wolf Spirit Animal stands for deep connection with your intuition and
"It is my hope that the bright colors the animals are depicted in will exude
positive energy to all those who see it, and inspire an even greater
appreciation for Manitoba's wilderness and the animals that reside in it.
"This Mural is one among several other bright and beautiful Murals that create a
sort of outdoor art gallery walk in downtown Transcona. Definitely worth
"We would like to extend a special thank you to Tom Ethans at Take Pride
Winnipeg and Alex Morrison at Transcona Business Improvement Zone for inviting
us to take on such a fun project! Thank you to Keana Lander, a local aspiring
Mural artist for helping us out and also thank you to Dulux paint and Herc
Rentals for donating some of the supplies. It is an honor to have a Mural among
the hundreds of other Murals in Winnipeg that make the City such a vibrant place
to live, full of history and stories."