In front of Place des Arts stands the Spirit Bear sculpture painted with many images of the flora and fauna of Coquitlam. In a similar vein I wanted a banner that paid tribute to the natural beauty of the environment and the animals that were here before us. Created with my preschool art students in mind it’s a whimsical look at the creatures that have called the area home.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Maillardville is a community with a rich and multifaceted history that I couldn’t even begin to do justice to in one image. What does stand out for me though is the spirit of the people that has endured the test of time. It’s a place with a deep love for community and music which is brought together every year in the Festival Du Bois. It’s a place with spunk and charm and it is these qualities that I wanted to show in the banner.
The Mackin Heritage House, now a historical museum on the Carré Heritage Square Site, was originally built in 1909 for H. J. Mackin, the General Sales Manager for Fraser Mills at the time. In this banner I hint at the stories to be told inside the Musée by presenting an image of a woman in 1910 clothing style next to an early steamer trunk. The mood of the banner is one of optimism with the image of the parasol setting the time period as well as representing the sun, a symbol for new beginnings.
Agriculture: Orchard and Farmers Market
In addition to lumber mills and railways, growing food in the warm, wet climate of the BC west coast was, and still is, an important part of living and thriving in BC. Having come from another part of Canada myself I have found the beauty of the trees in spring and the wealth of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the farmers’ markets to be marvelous. It is this sense of beauty and agricultural abundance that I wanted to highlight in this banner.
Historical: Fraser Mills Railway Station
In 1910 the Canadian Pacific Railway built a permanent railway station at the Fraser Mills Railway Station in Coquitlam. The train was a vital factor in bringing new settlement into the area, including the French Canadian loggers and their families into Coquitlam. The railway was also a lifeline to the area by providing the residents access to the telegraph (for sending messages) and shipping services for sending parcels by rail.
This image of me was taken by Michelle at Place des Arts and shows me mixing the Angel Paints for the banners. After a bit of research I discovered that the paint most favoured by the banner painting groups in the tri-cties area, and with a long track record of durability, is the Angel Paints created by Jackie Haliburton of angelpaint.com. I was not disappointed. The colours are vibrant, the paint if easy to use, and I think the results speak for themselves.
To see all the images connected with the banner project check out the PdA website: http://www.placedesarts.ca/PhotoGallery/community-banner-project.aspx
In 1909 Fraser Mills sent a request to Quebec logging communities for trained workers for the lumber mill in Coquitlam. At that time the church was the heart the French Canadian culture so for the new settlers their first priority was to build the Notre Dames De Lourdes church on Laval Square in Maillardville (named after a beloved priest). This banner was created in a folk art style to illustrate an earlier time period when order, symmetry, and family values were central to the spirit of the people.