625 St. Anne's Road
View from east side.
Location: SE corner St Anne's & Gosford; Housing complex at #68
Occupant: Woodydell Family Resource Centre
District: St. Vital
Artist(s): Gwen McEwen (signed as pseudonym, 'jjynxt')
Gwen McEwen (April 2013): "It was almost a year ago now- I
received a phone call from the Family Center of Winnipeg.
They, along with a Brownie troop were looking for an artist
to assist them in planning and painting a Mural. A Mural that
would brighten and add life to their community. A cheery,
visual image signifying the strong, healthy, community life
they were striving to achieve.
"Their hope was to brighten the darkness of the tunnel and
provide a welcoming place to play and pass through. In
bringing the community together in this endeavour, we
believe the Woodydell Mural will be appreciated, respected
and continue to remain graffiti free, as this is a symbol of the
hopes and dreams of the youth that live in the
"After heading down to the site, taking pictures and talking
with those involved, plans and designs were drawn out.
These designs were made based on the surrounding
landscape, materials available, and the ages and abilities of
the children. Safety was an ongoing consideration. Painting
in tunnels as we were, has many issues exclusive to just
"Once under way we had almost the entire community
involved. Dulux Paint on Pembina Highway had very
generously donated all the paints we needed and more. This,
along with tinting them on site allowed the children the
freedom to be wild with their colour choices. The (2012) staff
from the Winnipeg Family Center were wonderful. The
community helper kept us fed and hydrated, while summer
students helped with cleanup/setup, and at times assisting
tiny fingers, for all the youth in the community from ages 4-
16 could not resist putting their mark on the
"Needless to say, I was very happy to discover a fellow artist
in the community. She worked long hours tirelessly
alongside me for the duration of this 35-40 degree
endeavour. We were on a time constraint with only 4-5 days
to reach completion. I don't know what I'd have done
without her. Julia Buchanan, you are truly a godsend, as well
as a fantastic artist."
"Murals . . . such a fantastic way to bring people together . . ."