The Colours of Corydon

brings art to the avenue

Winnipeg, MB –On June 18, 2015, the Colours of Corydon, presented by the Corydon Avenue BIZ, brought art to Little Italy. This “street scaping” project features eight huge abstract metal figures, painted by local artists in an artistic competition to depict a country. The finished pieces each represent  one of eight countries (Argentina, France, Greece, Japan, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Ukraine). There will be a first prize People’s Choice winner with an award of $2,500. Voters will be able to vote from July 1 through to August 29, 2015  for their favorite art piece on the Corydon Avenue Biz’s website at www.corydonbiz.com.

The Colours of Corydon was initiated in 2013 by the late Ernie Walter, a previously active member of Corydon Avenue BIZ, as a long-term project to enhance the avenue. The project stemmed from a Pittsburg, U.S. art project where tree trunks were adorned with coats of mesh metal. The BIZ project evolved from that idea to painted metal figures, which are better suited to both the avenue and Winnipeg’s weather.

The hand painted figures are 8 feet tall structures made of quarter inch steel with cement bases, which allows the BIZ to anchor the structures onto the sidewalk and remove them for storage in the winter. Please help us support and enjoy the talents of local artists including: Bibiana Vidal Curell, Hubert J. Theroux, Mary Leskiw, Angela Lillico, Genevie Henderson, Debora Cardaci, Heather Robbins, and Michel St. Hilaire.

Art pieces will return to Corydon in early spring 2016

Statue Location:

GREECE

FRANCE

JAPAN

ITALY

SPAIN

UKRAINE

ARGENTINA

SCOTLAND

GREECE

Location: 913 Corydon

Mary Leskiw

Mary Leskiw paints and draws what she feel best describes nature’s miracles.

Born to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Leskiw was the first from her family to be born in Canada. Growing up, Leskiw always had a pencil in her hand. Even then, her love for nature made it the main focus of her drawings.  As an adult, Leskiw moved to the country where, surrounded by nature, she raised her two sons.

Later in life, a Winnipeg artist taught her how to refine her painting to what it is today. Leskiw now often finds herself with camera in hand, travelling to get that prize photo to use as reference material for her next paintings.

Phone: 204-757- 4615   E-mail: mleskiw.wildlife@qkstream.com

 

JAPAN

Location: 866 Corydon

GENEVIE HENDERSON (L) 

Genevie Henderson’s contemporary art is alchemy – different, unique, and magical. Her impressionistic work is recognizable through symbolism, stamping, markings, and patterns that evolve into very original personal abstractions. Images, motifs and fragments of exotic costume, kimonos and fabric are characteristic in her paintings. Genevie’s elegant signature style is distinguished by passionate colour that in combination, in alchemy, transforms her paintings into works with dazzling hues.

Genevie’s art can be seen at Pulse Gallery at the Forks, Bulrushes Gallery Oseredok Gift Boutique and websites:

www.fineartamerica.com; www.colouruninhibited.com

ANGELA LILLICO (R) 

 Angela Lillico grew up on a Manitoba farm with an artistic father in the family. For the past nineteen years she has been studying and working, taking numerous workshops and classes in Canada and the United States. Motivated by an artistic curiosity and a drive for perfection she has explored drawing, watercolour, acrylic, ink, oil and wax, collage and basic printmaking for her unique works of art. The influence of Vincent Van Gogh can be seen in her impressionistic pieces. Angela has a spiritual need to give back to others. She has painted murals in a clinic in Roatan, Honduras and taught basic drawing and painting to students in Cuba. Lillico collaborated with Genevie Henderson on the Japan piece for Colours of Corydon.

Lillico’s art can be seen at www.angelalillico.com and www.colouruninhibited.com

SPAIN

Location: 807 Corydon

Michel Saint Hilaire 

Michel Saint Hilaire is a fine artist who explores diverse mediums, creating mainly with acrylic paint. For several years he has been highly prolific in the visual arts scene in Winnipeg.

 His works have been shown in diverse galleries, such as the Maison des artistes, the French Cultural Centre gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He is represented by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Soul Gallery in Winnipeg and in western Canada by Diana Paul Galleries in Calgary, Alberta and Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 Saint Hilaire completed two years at the University of Manitoba, in the Fine Arts program. He decided to take a hands-on approach since then, and has developed a creative and diverse entrepreneurial artist’s career.

 He has excelled as a muralist, and has instructed several types of artist workshops in his community and throughout the province of Manitoba.  He currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 www.michelsainthilaire.com

 

ARGENTINA

Location: 743 Corydon

Bibiana Vidal Curell

A decades-long search for spiritual inspiration was satiated when Bibiana Vidal Curell discovered the Russian painters.

Although she had began painting professionally in 1999 while still working as a nun in her home country of Argentina, she left that life behind and it was her time spent in Russia that moved her deeply – expanding her vision and giving her a new sense of freedom.

Bibiana’s work, characterized as expressive impressionism, is full of light with a deploying sensitivity for colour – raw energy yet with a sense of calm – infused with intimacy and spontaneity.

Vidal Curell paintings have enjoyed exposure in solo and group shows and can be found in local, national and international collections.

www.bibianavidalcurell.com

FRANCE

Location: Corydon & Hugo

Hubert J. Theroux

Hubert Theroux grew up in the rural community of Cardinal, Manitoba where his love for the Canadian prairie was nurtured on the family farm.  His interest in art began in childhood and, by fourteen, he had settled on oils as his medium of choice.  As a youth he painted the landscapes around his home, and then progressed to include the farm activities which he recalled from his early childhood.  More recently, he has been inspired by his children and has captured on canvas their innocent play.  Towering grain elevators, golden wheat fields and immense prairie skies are also favorite subjects.

     Hubert’s training included correspondence courses during high school, as well as photography and art workshops throughout the years.  He worked as a commercial artist for several years, and then in 1979 he devoted himself to his artwork full time.

    Hubert has created murals for the Boissevain & Morton Arts Council, Ducks Unlimited, Nature Conservancy of Canada, St. Joseph Museum, St. Leon, Miami, Holland and Treherne.  His work hangs proudly in many homes and corporate offices throughout Manitoba and abroad. Hubert’s images have been published as limited edition prints, book covers and calendars.

 31 HARWICK LANE, WINNIPEG,  MANITOBA 

Phone 204-253-1853

www.huberttheroux.com

 

ITALY

Location: Corydon & Hugo

Debora Cardaci 

If the power and genius of the classical artists move you, then you will be inextricably drawn to the work of Debora Cardaci.  Her mastery of classical techniques is stunning – forged from a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts  P. Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, where she went on to become a professor – to studying in Italy,  Spain, and  France – to plumbing the depths of art galleries and museums throughout Europe and Russia.  Although sculpture is her first love, as witnessed by some of her larger than life works gracing parks in South America, her paintings and drawings are equally sought after and hang all over the world. 

 

www.deboracardaci-fineart.com

www.pinterest.com/debdacci/art/

www.facebook.com/deb.dacci/photos_albums

UKRAINE

Location: 605-607 Corydon

MARY LESKIW

 

Mary Leskiw paints and draws what she feel best describes nature’s miracles.

Born to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Leskiw was the first from her family to be born in Canada. Growing up, Leskiw always had a pencil in her hand. Even then, her love for nature made it the main focus of her drawings.  As an adult, Leskiw moved to the country where, surrounded by nature, she raised her two sons.

Later in life, a Winnipeg artist taught her how to refine her painting to what it is today. Leskiw now often finds herself with camera in hand, travelling to get that prize photo to use as reference material for her next paintings.

Phone: 204-757- 4615   E-mail: mleskiw.wildlife@qkstream.com

 

SCOTLAND

Location: 491 Corydon

Heather Robbins 

Heather Robbins is a self-taught artist living in Winnipeg since 2006. Having exhibited and sold her work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Robbins has been involved in different art clubs and organizations over the years.

Robbins’ repertoire is comprised mostly of paintings of nature, but she has recently begun experimenting with sculpting in clay.

 For her Corydon Avenue piece, Robbins chose the Scottish culture, as it was one of the major influences in the creation of Winnipeg.  The piece focuses primarily on the history of the Scottish people in Winnipeg. On the front of the piece are images relating to Scottish history in Winnipeg.