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October 27, 2022 0 comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Town of Orangeville’s public art collection is growing, with four new painted utility boxes and a mural installation on the shed in the Orangeville Community Garden and Orchard.

Art submissions were selected by the Orangeville Cultural Plan Working Group.

The Utility Box Art Display program recognizes local artists, celebrates the city’s culture and history, and promotes Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region. The beautification effort began in downtown Orangeville in 2016 with three installations and has since grown to a collection of 31 unique pieces of public art, including this year’s additions.

“The continued success of this program demonstrates the breadth of creative talent in our region,” said Orangeville City Councilor Lisa Post, chair of the cultural task force. “Each installation allows the community to connect with our local artists in a colorful and inspiring way.”

A call for artists was announced by the City in early 2022, and of the pieces submitted, five were selected by the working group.

Selections include “Autumn Leaves,” by Kelly Blackstock of Orangeville, inspired by the natural surroundings adjacent to the utilitarian box. The coin features an owl against a backdrop of long grass, reeds and cattails. This facility can be found at Broadway and C Line.

“Fire Star”, by Jeffrey J Nagy, of Orangeville, was created using camera settings and without any additional enhancements or modifications. The photograph captures one of many brilliant Christmas light displays in the park – an annual event hosted by the Optimist Club of Orangeville.

“Papillion,” by Deborah Powell of Amaranth, captures the beauty of butterflies in flight. This abstract piece was created using brightly colored acrylic paint to convey the butterfly’s ability to soar and spread feelings of joy.

This work is displayed at the intersection of Riddell Road and Centennial Road.

Mono’s Deb Menken created “Roses Aren’t Always Red”. This is a digital manipulation of his original acrylic painting.

The colorful depiction pays homage to the former Dufferin Garden Center.

“Wheatfield, Dufferin County,” by Stella Capogna of Mono, pays homage to the rural history of Dufferin County. This oil painting of hay bales invokes the artist’s desire to draw attention to the generations of people who have farmed the land.

This piece is installed at the Orangeville Community Garden and Orchard on Center Street.

An online listing of all public art, including these new installations, is available at www.orangeville.ca/digital-guide.