Art on a higher level

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

South Glen­garry just got a whole lot more colour­ful.

Take a drive through Wil­liamstown, Lan­caster, Green Val­ley, Mart­in­town, Glen Wal­ter, or other com­mu­ni­ties and you will likely spot sev­eral at­trac­tive new ban­ners hang­ing from hy­dro poles.

In the spring, the town­ship pro­cured nearly $50,000 from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s Main Street Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive. It used this money to pay lo­cal artists to cre­ate unique ban­ners that cel­e­brate South Glen­garry Celtic cul­ture.

On Thurs­day evening, the Char-Lan Recre­ation Cen­tre on Thurs­day evening hosted a view­ing of these ban­ners. Shauna Baggs, the town­ship’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer and Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor, said that 12 artists used 19 dif­fer­ent images to cre­ate a grand to­tal of 54 dif­fer­ent ban­ners.

Some of the images are spe­cific to cer­tain lo­cales – the St. Raphael’s Ru­ins or the cairn or the painted boathouses in South Lan­caster. Oth­ers fea­ture iconic Glen­garry im­agery like pipers and High­land dancers. Still, oth­ers fea­tured na­ture and farm im­agery.

One of the artists was Carolyn El­shof of Ber­wick, who said she re­sponded after learn­ing that Ms. Baggs was look­ing for an artist who could paint cows. Mrs. El­shof’s hus­band, Will, has par­ents who have jersey cows, so it was easy for her to find a cow to paint. She also cre­ated a ban­ner fea­tur­ing a Fer­ris wheel, a ref­er­ence to the Wil­liamstown Fair.

Wil­liamstown artist Katie La­marche’s work is also fea­tured; one ban­ner de­picts a piper and the other por­trays a dancer. Those paint­ings had been hang­ing in the recre­ation cen­tre for a while. All she had to do was add some colour. “I think these ban­ners are a great idea,” she said. “It helps sup­port lo­cal artists and it adds colour and art to the street. It brings some­thing new.”

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