Moose Jaw’s ‘Lost Mu­rals’ Re­stored

Moose Jaw - - News - Sasha-Gay Lob­ban Pop­u­lar Lost Mu­rals re­stored at McKarr’s Fur­ni­ture.

Moose Ja­vians are fi­nally able to see some of their old fa­vorite mu­rals come back to life as Mu­rals of Moose Jaw of­fi­cially un­veiled the “Lost Mu­rals.”

The Lost Mu­rals: Re­mem­ber Old 80; River Street Red; Sum­mer games; In­cor­po­ra­tion of the City of Moose Jaw; Moose Jaw Union Hos­pi­tal and Our Ukrainian Her­itage, were un­veiled in a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony at McKarr’s Fur­ni­ture and Mat­tress Shop on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1. Mu­rals Com­mit­tee Chair, Norma West­gard said it is amaz­ing to see an historical as­pect of the city that was lost come back to life. “The Lost Mu­rals are ded­i­cated to all the artists that have come be­fore us and helped to make Moose Jaw a mu­ral cap­i­tal in Canada; the artists that used their time and their tal­ents to show Moose Jaw’s rich and ex­cit­ing his­tory. We es­pe­cially re­mem­ber Gus Froese, who orig­i­nally painted two of these Lost Mu­rals and thanks to Grant McLaugh­lin who brought our Lost Mu­rals back to life and who does all our re­pairs and restora­tions,” said West­gard. Grant McLaugh­lin says it was great work- ing on the mu­rals. He says it was es­pe­cially special, work­ing on some of Gus Froese’s mu­rals, a long time friend and in­flu­en­tial Moose Jaw artist. “When I worked on the project, it brought to mind just how long we’ve had a mu­ral pro­gram here. We’re pretty much the first one in the prov­ince. There are sto­ries that the mu­rals tell and some­times about the cre­ation of them. By recre­at­ing these mu­rals, I got to study the tech­niques by the artists in more de­tails. I try to keep them as close as pos­si­ble to the orig­i­nals and a lot of peo­ple are quite im­pressed with them as they see them come back to life.”

“It was sat­is­fy­ing to recre­ate a cou­ple of Gus’ mu­rals. He was a long time friend and a booster of the arts in town. Mu­rals are an ex­cel­lent way to por­tray our his­tory for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors to our city. It’s one of the rea­sons we were voted one of the coolest down­towns in the coun­try. I hope this en­cour­age oth­ers to do art, as well. It was ab­so­lutely great work­ing to res­ur­rect some of the favourites for peo­ple to en­joy,” he added.

Mayor Fraser Tolmie brought remarks on be­half of the City, com­mend­ing the work of Grant and the Mu­rals Com­mit­tee to bring an in­te­gral part of Moose Jaw’s his­tory back to life.

way to por­tray our his­tory for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors to our city...”

Re­storer & artist Grant McLaugh­lin.

Re­storer & artist Grant McLaugh­lin.

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