Town approves artist’s application to erect centennial mural

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KENSINGTON — Kensington artist Anne Gallant got the go ahead Monday night to erect four small murals in the town to mark the town’s 100th anniversary.

Kensington town council Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley, who also chairs the Kensington 2014 Committee.

At Monday's meeting, Rowan Caseley, chair of the Kensington 2014 Committee, brought forward the issue, moving a resolution that Gallant's submission be adopted.

The motion passed unanimously.

Earlier this year, the town’s 2014 Committee had obtained funding from Canadian Heritage through its Community Anniversaries Fund. Two capital projects were proposed, with both to be completed by the end of 2014.

One of the projects was a mural related to the town’s centennial.

On Oct. 30, a request for expression of interest was mailed to six local artists and forwarded to 16 members of the Kensington Art Co-op and a request was posted on the town’s website. Four submissions were received by the Nov. 15 closing date.

Requirements of the project included that the successful artist reside in the Kensington area and be able to show they are an artist considered to be local to Kensington; the final artwork must add to the aesthetic appeal of the existing physical surroundings; special consideration was to be given to proposals with a plan for community involvement; and the project must be completed and installed before May 23, 2014.

Four artists — Gallant, Robert Milner, Greg Garand and June Ellis — submitted proposals.

Gallant’s proposal of three, four-by-four-foot murals depicting historical scenes, at a cost of $5,000 plus HST, was the successful candidate, although Garand’s proposal of an eight- by-12-foot painting was also in contention.

It was decided that Garand’s submission was not as comprehensive as that of Gallant, who provided a “well-thought out creative concept, project plan and detailed timeline,” said the documentation in support of the recommendation to go ahead with Gallant’s submission.

Also, Gallant was considered to be more “local” than Garand.

Casely said following the meeting that the location of the mural has yet to be determined.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Canadian Heritage, Community Anniversaries Fund, Kensington Art Co-op

Geographic location: Kensington

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