World-renowned artist and photographer Thaddeus Holownia, award-winning singer and songwriter Julie Doiron, and the late musician and dancer Mary Connelly were announced this month as the 2017 inductees and will join the 13 other distinguished writers, performers and artists featured on the Arts Wall.
Holownia will be honoured under the visual arts category, Doiron will be recognized under performing arts, and Connelly will be honoured as an arts builder.
The Arts Wall, which recognizes contributions to the cultural life of the community, was initiated in 2009 as a lasting legacy project of Sackville’s national designation as a Cultural Capital. The wall boasts such names as painter Alex Colville, poet Douglas Lochead, author Sir Charles G.D. Roberts, philanthropist Pauline Spatz and musicians Ivan and Vivian Hicks, among others.
The Sackville Arts Wall, currently located on the north wall of the Sackville United Church (the former town hall) facing York Street, will be relocated and redesigned in time for the induction ceremony, which is set for Oct. 1.
Town engineer Dwayne Acton said the Arts Wall will be moved to the area next to Cranewood in front of the Sackville Waterfowl Park, along the edge of the sidewalk. The sidewalk in that area will be expanded to make room for the project, which will now feature several ‘story-board type’ plaques on pedestals, and still allow for pedestrian traffic.
The contract for the new Arts Wall was awarded to Beach Hill Landscaping at a cost of about $41,000. The town had budgeted for the project for 2017 but won’t have to dole out as much as expected after receiving a $15,500 grant for this initiative from the province as part of its Canada 150 fund.