Nipawin Saskatchewan
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CPR Bridge

Mural 1: The CPR Bridge
Artist: Zhong-Ru Huang © 2000
Medium: Latex on Crezone
Location: 206 2nd Ave. East

The "Crooked Bridge" is shown in this first mural completed, surrounded by the brilliant colours of Autumn. The 1908 foot long steel structure spans the Saskatchewan River at the north west corner of Nipawin. A steam locomotive is shown passing over the bridge while travelers cross with horse and buggy or by car.

Mural 1 can be seen on the side of the Nipawin Senior Citizen's Centre next to Central Park

 
Fun on The Pond

Mural 2: Fun On The Pond
Artist: Zhong-Ru Huang © 2000
Medium: Latex on Crezone
Location: 350 2nd Ave. East

The second mural to be completed in Nipawin illustrates the creativity and spontaneity of winter recreation in the early days, evoking memories of having fun in the snow with family and friends. This image takes you back to 1925 as residents of Nipawin enjoy the winter afternoon.

Mural 2 can be found on the north side of the Jubilee Arena in Central Park (west of the pool)


Those were the days

Mural 3: Those Were The Days
Artists: The Nipawin Art Club © 2000
Medium: Latex on Crezone
Location: 224 Centre Street

Vibrant colours were utilized in the vintage Nipawin street scene to bring out the freshness of the new day following a rain.

Mural 3 is hung above the door of the Grayson Massage Therapy Building. It was completed over the winter by a number of members of the Nipawin Art Club and dedicated in the summer of 2000

 
Magnet Grocery

Mural 4: The Magnet Grocery
Artist: Michael R. Gaudet © 2001
Medium: Acrylic on Crezone
Location: 216 Centre Street

Mural 4 can be seen on the site of the original Magnet Grocery, on Centre Street between the Nipawin Journal and the Eremko Law Offices. At the sides of the mural are 'notice boards' advertising common events of the time. All the characters depicted in the mural are based off of actual Nipawin Residents and are depicted in life-sized scale.


Train Station Mural

Mural 5: The CPR Station
Artist: Michael R. Gaudet © 2001
Medium: Acrylic on Crezone
Location: 206 1st St. East

The railway opened up the north and gave birth to the town of Nipawin. The fifth mural features a Royal Hudson steam locomotive engine approaching the station which was the hub of activity in the 1940's. Barney French and his pet bear, Thelma Rasmussen on her pony and Bill Hamilton with his truck loaded with honey were all a common part of the life at the station. This mural is especially interesting in that if you stand in a certain spot, the perspective of the mural wraps around the corner. The image appears to be almost 3D.

Mural 5 can be seen on the corner of the Saskatchewan Liquor Board Store.

 
Public School

Mural 6: Nipawin Public School
Artist: Zhong-Ru Huang © 2002
Medium: Acrylic on Crezone
Location: 206 2nd Ave East

Nipawin Public School, later known as Central School, housed all the students of the area from grades one to twelve. The mural overlooks the site of the old school, and there is a historical marker at the location of the old school entrance.

The Nipawin Public School mural is on the north side of the Nipawin Seniors Center, adjacent to the CPR bridge mural.


Town on the Move2

Mural 7: Town on the Move
Artist: Rita Swanson
Medium: Acrylic on Crezone
Location: Between 219 & 213 1st Ave. West

The mural tells the story of how the buildings of the “old town” were moved over a period of six weeks to the present town site. The CPR route had bypassed the hamlet and it just made sense to move the town four miles north to the newly surveyed sites.

The mural will show buildings being moved by teams of horses, although tractors and steam outfits were also used. Forty buildings and seven biffies were moved under the direction of Charlie Scott.

The 12’ x 64’ mural will stand on the lot between Spectrum Advertising and Steve Weir’s Denture Clinic. It runs along the north edge of the grassed lot between the two buildings, and along the south wall of the Denture Clinic.

The managing group, Murals of Nipawin, Inc. believes that the painting of this mural is an excellent celebration of Saskatchewan’s Centennial and Nipawin’s place within that heritage.

 
First Nation

Mural 8: First Nation: Hunters/Gatherers/Farmers
Artist: Lorraine D. Bergen
Medium: Enlargement on Vinyl
Location: Co-op Marketplace Bistro

The mural illustrates the nineteenth century lifestyle of Red Earth, Shoal Lake and Cumberland House First Nations as they gathered and preserved food. A miniature was painted and sent to Transcontinental Spot Graphics, Winnipeg, MB for digital reproduction and enlargement on vinyl. Sponsor: Pineland Cooperative Association Ltd.


Early Settlers

Mural 9: Early Settlers
Artist: Lorraine D. Bergen
Medium: Enlargement on Vinyl
Location: Co-op Marketplace Bistro

The mural illustrates the early settlers to this area and their means of procuring and preserving food. A miniature was painted and sent to Transcontinental Spot Graphics, Winnipeg, MB for digital reproduction and enlargement on vinyl.

Sponsor: Pineland Cooperative Association Ltd.

 


Mural 10: Tom Forgie, Milkman in Nipawin from 1945-1975
Artist: Lorraine D Bergen
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Location: Co-op Marketplace Bistro

Tom Forgie, his horse Bess and dog Ruff were a familiar sight in Nipawin where Bess pulled the milk wagon until 1955. Tom is remembered for excellent customer service, integrity and dependability as well as friendliness and a sense of humor.

Sponsor: Pineland Cooperative Association Ltd.


The Land

Mural 11: Nipawin: The Land
Artist: Lorraine D. Bergen, Autumn Neighbours, Kelsie Yates
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Location: Co-op Marketplace Bistro

This mural represents the scenic beauty that is found around us in Nipawin.

Sponsor: Pineland Cooperative Association Ltd.



Legion Tribute

Mural 13: Legion Tribute to Veterans
Artist: Zhong-Ru Huang
Medium: Latex on Crezone
Location: Nipawin Legion Hall

The Legion Tribute to Veterans, on the south wall of the Nipawin Legion Hall facing the Cenotaph, depicts Canadian military history from the South African War to the Afghanistan conflict. The final panels show children standing in a field of poppies releasing doves with the background of white crosses...the dream of peace, and the land and freedom we’ve preserved through sacrifice.

 
Homecoming

Mural 12: Homecoming
Artist: Rita Swanson
Medium: Latex on Crezone
Location: Nipawin Evergreen Centre

Homecomings bring many things, including joy, hugs, music and visiting. Commissioned by the Homecoming 2010 Committee, this mural depicts the typical “homecoming”. Included in the mural are 10+ hearts at various locations. The artist included these as a reminder that “all hearts come home for homecoming”.

In addition to the Homecoming scenes, the top right shows the four Hudson cars won at Nipawin’s first car bonspiel in 1947; a curler in the traditional curling pose of the day and a golfer reminding us of the Evergreen Golf Course, a beautiful spot in Nipawin. Evergreen Centre was chosen as the location for the mural because all but one of the six homecomings (including 2010) were held at this wonderful location.

 
 

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