Join us to see the final project and a Celebration of the Completion of the Chestnut Canoe Community Art Project.

Celebration of the Completion of the Chestnut Canoe Community Art Project

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Did you or your children help to paint the Fredericton-made Chestnut Canoe on Canada Day? Join us to see the final project and a Celebration of the Completion of the Chestnut Canoe Community Art Project.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:30am -12 noon
Fredericton Public Library

Come and celebrate with local artist, Lisa Robinson who designed the concept, and everyone who painted a piece of history as the finished product will now hang in the Gallery of the Fredericton Public Library.

Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.

Background:

Fredericton Tourism has an original 18-foot Chestnut Canoe to be used as a canvas for a participatory art activity during Canada Day celebrations.  A local artist will be selected to design a concept, outline the artwork on the canoe and work with the public to paint the canoe.

Scope of project:

This is a paint-by-numbers concept featuring iconic Fredericton landmarks, along with elements of New Brunswick and Canada.  The artist will outline the artwork to be painted in advance, June 19 through 30, and apply numbers to the spaces to be painted corresponding with numbers on the paint cans.

The design will need to be relatively simple so it can be completed during this time frame and without great difficulty, hence the simple “colouring book” or paint-by-numbers” approach to the artwork.

The artist will be expected to be on site for Canada Day, July 1st, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and work with the public to paint the canoe during Canada Day Celebrations in Barracks Square from 12 to 5 p.m.

Advance preparation and finishing work can be done onsite in the Soldiers Barracks in Barracks Square as the canoe will be stored in a Casemate. The canoe measures 18 feet long by 3 feet wide.

Following Canada Day, the artist will be expected to complete the work by applying necessary touch-ups, glazing, and sealing. The artist will work with the Fredericton Tourism Coordinator to schedule appropriate preparatory work, and to finish the work in the casemates.

The finished piece will be used for exhibit purposes only, and will not be used on the water. A similar project was completed in Ottawa, Ontario.

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