Group of seven outdoor gallery - The community mural

Community Mural 2011
The 2011 community Mural was started in Toronto during the 2011 Ontario Tourism Week with Outdoor Galleries representing the Muskoka Region. It was an excellent event that drew a big crowd and hundreds of willing participants for the community mural. The mural is located on the side of their back wall in Rivermill Park. The Community Mural was jointly sponsored by The Mill on Main and Outdoor Galleries.

Community Mural 2012
The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery Community Mural is a project in which the public is invited to add their own brush stroke to one of murals as they are being created. The idea was spawned by Isabelle Kaye a member of the BIA Mural Committee in 2006. It was something she had experienced as a child and the memory had stuck with her. This seemed like an excellent idea, so during our first Mural Festival in 2007 it was decided that one of the murals would be done as a Community Mural, and let all those who wanted to participate do so.
As it happens the mural is done under the guidance of an Art Director to ensure that the quality of the finished mural is up to the same standard as those paintings in the collection that are painted by professional mural artists. The Art Director facilitates the mixing of the colours and guides the participants to apply the paint in the correct spot using various methods of application. Sometimes using glazes, sometimes having two or three participants with different colours blending the paint directly on the mural surface. This makes it accessible for people who have never painted before to join in on the fun. It also serves as a mini lesson in mural painting. Many people comment that the process is a lot like "paint by numbers", however trying to make the painting look as close as possible to the original is quite a task.
Our first Community Mural in 2007 was Tom Thomson's Autumns Garland which is proudly displayed on the east wall in the square in front of the Algonquin Theatre. This painting had over 1337 people add their brush stroke and made it truly a community effort. The experience of joining in on the creation is not just for Huntsville residents, it is intended for anyone and everyone who may be visiting and vacationing as well. To date we have had participants from all around the world. Each participant is then asked to sign into our "Famous Artist Book" and write a comment if they desire. This event is free to the public and to this date we have created 8 murals using this method, and have thousands of artist contributions. The Community Mural is usually created in Downtown Huntsville in a highly visible area on the Main Street sidewalk during the mid-summer.

The community mural - Gallery