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Public Art Project

Clarington's downtowns are more vibrant thanks to decorative public art pieces installed in Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle and Orono. The project was funded through a $110,000 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), which Council decided should be used to enhance the visitor experience and the beauty of our downtowns.

Three local artists and a local company were selected to design installations and, through them, tell Clarington's story.

Bowmanville Mural by Allan Bender

Artist Allan Bender from Blinc Studios painted a mural on the west wall of the building at 26 King Street East. The mural depicts women who have been influential in Bowmanville throughout its history to present day.

 Featured Influential Women of Bowmanville

Mabel Bruce

Mabel Bruce was a professional nurse appointed the first superintendent of Bowmanville's new hospital at the time of its opening in 1913. In 1915, Mabel Bruce enlisted as a Canadian Nursing Sister in World War I and served overseas. She was honoured with distinguished service awards and medals, which were given to Bowmanville Hospital after she passed away.

Marion Rickard Farr

Marion Rickard Farr was born in Bowmanville in 1912. She attended local schools and later graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Latin and Greek. She had a long secondary school teaching career and was a lifelong learner, philanthropist, and supporter of history and education. She was also an author who wrote books about her family and Clarington's local history.

Captain Ada Hind

Captain Ada Hind was among the first Salvation Army representatives in Bowmanville and was instrumental in the establishment of the Bowmanville congregation in 1884. Historical descriptions indicate Captain Hind was an intelligent, well-spoken, and very persuasive figure who served as a commanding officer and guided the rapid growth of the Salvation Army's presence in Bowmanville.

 Marie Hubbard

Marie Hubbard, born and raised in Bowmanville, has long been involved in local politics. Ms. Hubbard was the first female mayor of the Town of Newcastle (now the Municipality of Clarington), for which she previously served as a local Councillor. She also served as a Regional Councillor for Durham Region, and as Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board. In August 2019, she was appointed associate chairperson of the Ontario Land Tribunals (formerly Local Planning Appeal Tribunal). More recently, she was appointed as the Executive Chair of the newly-created Ontario Land Tribunals organization in July 2020.

Dr. Dorothy James

Dr. James was born in Bowmanville in May 1909 and attended local schools, including Bowmanville High School where she graduated Valedictorian. She completed a medical degree from the University of Toronto and undertook post-graduate studies in paediatrics. Dr. James served as a medical advisor to the Infants' Homes in Toronto and was the physician in charge of medical services with the Children's Aid Society.

Nina Neads

Nina Neads is known as one of Bowmanville's first successful businesswomen. She opened her own insurance business in 1919 when there were few professional opportunities available to women. Ms. Neads continued to lead her insurance practice, which served several high-profile local clients, until her death in 1963. Ms. Neads grew up in Bowmanville and attended Central Public School and Bowmanville High School.

Nellie Lyle Pattinson

Nellie Lyle Pattinson was the author of The Canadian Cookbook, later renamed the Nellie Lyle Pattinson's Canadian Cookbook. Nellie was born and raised in Bowmanville and attended local schools, including the former high school on Queen Street. She studied at the University of Toronto and became a department head of "domestic science" at a Toronto High School. In the 1920s, she collaborated with Ryerson Press to publish the first collection of recipes for "Canadian cuisine."

Sky Woman of Indigenous Heritage

The story of the Sky Woman is part of the local indigenous culture. The Sky Woman falls from the sky and is greeted and carried by sky animals to land on the back of a great turtle. With the help of a muskrat, she acquires a handful of soil from the deep waters and begins to form Turtle Island (North America).

Courtice Installation by Darlene Bolahood

In Courtice, Darlene Bolahood has created a series of coloured polycarbonate silhouettes of local youth and members of the Courtice community. The artworks can be seen suspended from light poles at Tooley's Mill Park, Trulls Parkette, and along Highway 2 in Courtice. Trail markers have been installed throughout the local trail system.

The themes of the installations reflect the energy of the community and its narrative and are a tribute to the youth of our community and the notion of many styles of family in action.

Art concept of polycarbonate silhouettes
Photo above: Art concept of polycarbonate silhouettes.

Newcastle Sculptures by James C. Smith

James C. Smith has created a series of sculptures that have been installed in the gardens at the Newcastle Community Hall; the Clarington Public Library, Newcastle Branch; the Massey Building and A Gift of Art. James has incorporated a treasure hunt element into the sculptures in the form of subtle, intricate pieces that can be discovered upon close examination.

Concepts of painter’s palettes and river rock sculpture.
Photos above: Concepts of painter's palettes and river rock sculpture.

Orono Bike Racks and Mural

Orono has long been known as a cycling destination. To highlight this notion, ABC Recreation has provided artistic bike racks to be installed throughout downtown Orono and in Orono Park. A sign outlining all available park amenities will be added to the main Buttercup Hollow sign located at the corner of Station and Main Streets. The new 'Orono' mural on the north façade of 5352 Main Street (formerly Orono Electric) was also paid for, in part, with the funding received from OMAFRA.

Buttercup Hollow sign with park amenities, Orono mural
Photos above: Buttercup Hollow sign with park amenities, Orono mural painted by The Paint Factory


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