Quilter’s Garden & Sturgeon River Roundel (2016)


Quilter’s Garden & Sturgeon River Roundel (2016)

Dimensions:Quilter’s Garden (12’ x 3.5’ x 4”); Sturgeon River Roundel (7' round)
Location: Red Willow Place, 7 Tache Street

The first part of the artwork, titled “Quilter’s Garden,” is located directly to the left as you enter the building vestibule. This relief is about collaboration and the many hours and decades of learning and growing that one experiences throughout a lifetime. It shows two ladies quilting and producing rows of a lovely vegetable garden... quietly invaded by a rabbit that is slyly eying the peas.

The second part of the artwork, “Sturgeon River Roundel” installed above the main doorway, combines a grouping of local animal species and natural growth, including the Great Horned Owl, a squirrel, Cedar Waxwings eating Mountain Ash berries, a Whitetail Doe, Alberta Roses, Wild Lilies, Pine boughs as well as the Sturgeon, from which St. Albert’s beautiful meandering river takes its name.


Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur

Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur received their Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio and after graduation formed Voyager Tile & Art, a commercial company that specializes in producing tile and ceramic relief. Together, the two partners have collaborated on over twenty-five public artwork commissions, working primarily in tile mosaic, but also with other materials and genres, a including three-dimensional bronze free-standing sculpture.

Many of their public art projects to date have involved working with municipal governments and community groups throughout Alberta, “Our repertoire of past artwork reflects our personal interest in the local flora, fauna and historical aspects of a city or town.” For Red Willow Place, the artists decided to create a two-part artwork that would “illustrate the physical sharing of knowledge and memories, and in the process bring a bit of the outdoors inside as a reminder of new growth and appreciation for our local landscape.”

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