The Aylmer Street Mural Project

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Image: Mural Mock Up Chrissy Poitras

Following a nation-wide call for proposals and an exhaustive juried review process, Artspace and the City of Peterborough are pleased to announce that Chrissy Poitras has been chosen to complete the Aylmer Street mural in downtown Peterborough, Ontario.

Chrissy’s mural will be an exciting contribution to Peterborough’s ongoing downtown mural project.

“The bright colour pallet and energetic floral cascade will liven the area and engage passers-by. Bringing botanical elements into an urban part of the city will change the area’s atmosphere, as well as the relationship residents, have with a building that used to blend into the background. The flowers featured will be based on the wildflowers and locally grown flowers of the area” (Chrissy Poitras).

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This project is part of the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Initiative. The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program helps to create culturally enriched public spaces that foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Peterborough’s urban and natural environment. The projects are intended to generate continued interest in and awareness of public art in downtown Peterborough.

The Aylmer Street Mural Project is funded by the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program. Artspace has been contracted by the City’s Arts Culture & Heritage Division to coordinate this initiative. For the installation of the Aylmer Street Mural Project, submissions were juried by:

Laura Madera – Artist
Linz Hunt – Artspace Board of Directors & Royal LePage Real Estate
Paul Bennett – Owner, Ashburnham Reality
Jon Lockyer – Director + Curator, Artspace
Thomas Green – Member of City of Peterborough Public Art Committee
Dennis Carter-Edwards – Member of City of Peterborough Public Art Committee
Erik Hanson – Heritage Resources Coordinator, City of Peterborough

The City’s Interim Public Art Committee, chaired by Bruce Stonehouse, of the City’s Arts Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee, has endorsed the jury’s selection.

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About the Artist:
Chrissy Poitras is a painter and printmaker, as well as co-owner of Spark Box Studio– an artist residency, print studio and educational facility in Prince Edward County. She graduated from the Queen’s University Bachelor of Fine Art Studio program.

Over past nine years, she has been collecting various accidental marks found in her surroundings. Worn tables, subway walls, studio floors are a few of surfaces which inspire her work. These marks– left behind by artists, travelers, friends, and family– create a mess of interesting shapes and compositions. She uses these found marks as the subjects of her paintings, drawings, and prints. 

She enjoys the action of layering and developing a new abstracted world through the interaction of the marks. Additionally, Poitras has been developing a collection of botanical pieces that integrate her passion for mark-making with her interest in floral design. 

Through Spark Box Studio, and as a former professor in the Art and Design Foundations Program at Loyalist College, Poitras has also organized, developed and run courses on a variety of studio arts and arts management topics. She is highly involved in her artistic community and has built a career that is rooted in creation, community, and public outreach.
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