Mural Madness celebrates indigenous culture in Port Perry

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Published September 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Over three days this summer 52 painters took shifts painting a continuous mural across four wooden boards in downtown Port Perry.

The resulting mural is a celebration of Indigenous culture, with stories of the Caribou, Crane, Blue Jay, and Pine Marten. The completed mural has been installed on the east wall of the Scugog Arts Space for the community and visitors of Scugog to enjoy.

It will remain in this place, said a spokesperson for Scugog Arts, “until we can do it all over again.”

People of all ages participated in the painting of the mural, taking two-hour shifts creating public art. Jon Colwell, a local artist and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation band member, designed the mural in a coloring book style that allowed for anyone to join the fun — no experience was required.

The mural will add to the vibrancy and quality of life to the community, drawing in visitors and locals alike.

If it’s “Instagramable,” promises the group’s social media post, “the people will come.”

Painters had to register and make a minimum donation of $50 to participate. They also earned a Lake Scugog hat from the new Durham is Home collection from Durham Tourism.

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