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Great Art for Great Lakes

Christopher McLeod, Project Lead for the Great Art for Great Lakes project, is proud to announce the unveiling of Betty Carpick’s Threading Water in Thunder Bay, Andy Berg’s Aqua Viva in Kingston, and Vanessa Logan’s Mi Lake in Mississauga during the Culture Days weekend.

“Each artist has worked extensively with their respective communities in the creation of these public art pieces. Fantastically unique, these works represent our collective bond to the Great Lakes and offer each of us a space for reflection and dialogue.”

We invite you to come experience the work in each community, and specifically to join us for the unveiling of these 3 new public artworks.


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Together with the City of Thunder Bay, we invite you to celebrate the installation of the community art project, Threading Water by interdisciplinary artist Betty Carpick, in Mariners Hall along the lakeshore at 2210 Sleeping Giant Parkway.

All of our actions have an echo in the water. In Thunder Bay, people of all ages and abilities came together to tell stories about their relationships to water. Led by Carpick, through a collaborative fabric assemblage using the language of embroidery and pigments, participants personalized their experiences and committed to restoring and protecting Lake Superior and the Great Lakes watershed. Threading Water will be on permanent display at Mariners Hall, Marina Park, upon its unveiling on Sept 28th.



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Together with the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, we invite you to celebrate the unveiling of community art project, Aqua Viva by Sculptor Andy Berg, on Saturday, September 30th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm at the Tett Centre's Rehearsal Hall Room 203.

2:00pm - Event Opens
Please visit us at Rehearsal Hall Room 203

2:20pm - Formal Remarks & Unveiling of Aqua Viva

2:30pm - Invitation for photographs with Artist & Interviews

3:00pm - Self-guided tour of Culture Day events

AQUA VIVA, the winning Great Art for Great Lakes submission for Kingston, engages in the discovery, celebration and fostering of our special relationship to the waters of our own Great Lake, Lake Ontario. Proposed by Kingston-based sculptor Andy Berg, this collaborative, low-relief ceramic wall sculpture will be on extended display at the Tett Centre upon its unveiling.



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Great Art for Great Lakes Project - Official Unveiling and Celebration. Join us!

It's a fantastic opportunity to engage in the greatness of this community. Join us for the official unveiling of artist Vanessa Logan's sculpture "MiLife" in partnership with Greatness,The Great Lakes Project and the Small Arms Society(SAS) for the Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) project.

Mississauga is one of eight Great Lakes communities across Ontario that worked with a local artist towards the co-creation of a permanent artwork. Participants, mostly children at Mississauga Waterfront Festival, shared their ideas and images of Lake Ontario through drawings and photographs. These images were transferred onto beach glass by GAGL Mississauga Artist Vanessa Logan and forming a live edge free standing scupture to be unveiled here and later installed at the Small Arms Building - Creative Hub @1 1352 (SAB) after the building reopens late in 2018.

Official Unveiling Event
Date: Sunday October 1, 2017
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Place: Port Credit Library (map)
20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga

We hope you can join us for the unveiling, enjoy some light refreshments and meet the artist.

We look forward to seeing you there!
RSVP: joelle@sasociety.ca


Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) involves eight community participation projects that will focus on ideas that evoke a sense of celebration and highlight the grandeur of the Great Lakes and its connection to its people, their history, and diverse cultures. Through a series of workshops or actions, each community will work towards the co-creation of a permanent artwork as part of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Great Art for Great Lakes is powered through Greatness: The Great Lakes Project, and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canada 150.