Continuing with their multi-year initiative, the Weyburn Arts Council has announced a new round of public murals to be painted at Weyburn's Jubilee Park- This time with a twist. Three spots are up for grabs that any Weyburn and area resident can compete for. In addition to having your work publicly displayed at the park, the three artists chosen by community vote will also receive a $250 grant in honor of the late Gloria Onstad. City Curator and member of the Weyburn Arts Council, Regan Lanning, said the contest is a wonderful way to celebrate Onstad's memory.
"Gloria Onstad was a long-time member of the Weyburn Arts Council, and upon her passing, she asked for donations to come to the Arts Council instead of flowers," Lanning explained. "We decided that there was no real better way of paying tribute to Gloria, who loved both art and baseball, than with this project. So, we're using the funds that we received in Gloria's memory to celebrate Weyburn and art and baseball!"
The three winning murals will be painted on the dugouts at Jubilee Park, which offer a large canvas that artists will need to accommodate by scaling up their submissions. Submitted works should fit a 2x8 ratio to properly fill each dugout once scaled up for painting. In addition to that one key detail, Lanning revealed that there are some other guidelines to keep in mind.
"Finished designs would be great. They have to be for general consumption, they have to be of a G-rated subject matter, and then we ask that they would be relatively simple in design and easy to replicate. We also ask that your submission is not political or religious, however, it can be cultural," said Lanning.
Artists have until April 30th to submit their designs to firstname.lastname@example.org and online voting will open to the public at the beginning of May. Lanning hinted that updates will be shared on the City of Weyburn Facebook Page and the Arts Council Facebook Page as the contest progresses.
At the end of May, a mural featuring the wide variety of fun things to do at Jubilee Park will kick off the art-filled Summer. That mural will be painted on the dugout nearest to the entry of the Credit Union Spark Centre, and the three winning community submissions will see their creation throughout June, July, and August, respectively.