Island Lake with blades of green grass in the front on a nice sunny day

2017 art submissions selected for utility boxes

Jul 17, 2017 | Arts and Culture News | General

Four art submissions have been selected by a jury of Orangeville’s Arts & Culture Committee to be featured on utility boxes throughout Orangeville.

The Utility Box Art Display Program recognizes local artists, celebrates the Town’s culture and history, and promotes Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region. The program launched in 2016 with three unique art installations on Broadway in downtown Orangeville.

“The program emphasizes Orangeville’s importance as a vibrant arts and culture centre, drawing in tourists and visitors,” says Councillor Sylvia Bradley who chairs the Arts & Culture Committee. “The program beautifies our Town and promotes art and artists.”

The successful submissions for the 2017 art installations were created by:

  • Sharon Wadsworth-Smith of Mono who presented a scene of a woman walking along the trail at Island Lake
  • Karey Shinn of Orangeville who painted a field of wind turbines
  • Meagan Kikuta of Orangeville who presented a drawing of ink and pastel, depicting a forest along the Bruce Trail with her dog, and
  • Ellen Cameron of Mono who presented a photograph of Clydesdale horses

Their art pieces are wrapped around utility boxes along Broadway, First Street and Hansen Boulevard.

Born in Regina, Sharon Wadsworth-Smith received an arts diploma as a graphic artist in Vancouver. After moving to Toronto, she worked as a graphic artist and photographer, and after moving to the Orangeville area she developed her career as an art instructor. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Reed Cooper Bursary, permitting her to return to college at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Movement plays an important role in her work process and brings energy to her paintings. Sharon teaches from her home studio in the Hockley Valley and at other studios in the area. Her painting, entitled "A Bit Crisp", is from a series of paintings she did of the trail around Island Lake. “I cannot say how much I enjoy this trail and how fortunate we are to have it in our area,” Sharon says, adding it’s a source of wonder for residents and visitors. Her painting will be on display at the utility box at First Street and Hansen Boulevard.

Karey Shinn, originally from Winnipeg, studied fine art at the University of Manitoba and in the United Kingdom. After moving to Toronto, she married fellow Leeds Polytechnic art student Nick Shinn. They have two children and worked from their Toronto studio until establishing their home and studio in Orangeville in 2009. Karey completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2004-2005. She conducted three performance events in the Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week. In 2014, Karey and local artist Ricky Schaede organized and published a Zodiac Calendar featuring the artwork of 12 local artists. Karey’s various art pieces have been on exhibit in England, the United States, and Canada. Her practice as an artist includes painting, fashion and song writing. Her selected utility box submission is located at Clara Street and Broadway.

Meagan Kikuta earned her Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 2013 and her Bachelor’s of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in 2010. Meagan is an architectural representative at Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance, and her love of drawing led to her selected career path. “Art and culture is what makes Orangeville so special to me and I am proud to contribute something.” She was inspired to draw her favourite portion of the Bruce Trail – Hockley Road and the Third Line (the Isabel East Side Trail) – along with her dog Ben. Her drawing is on display at the utility box at Hansen Boulevard and Amelia Street

Ellen Cameron is an equestrian photographer. She photographs horses in natural settings and in competitions. As a young art student, she concentrated in painting at York University. While photographing subjects for use as a visual reference for her paintings, she realized that her true passion was photography. She was always fascinated with drawing and painting horses and was awed by the power and majesty of these magnificent, yet gentle creatures. “With the advent of new technology, I am now able to combine the two disciplines of painting and photography which allows me to explore the possibilities of unlimited creative expression,” she says. She has work exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery in 2017, photos in “The Greenbelt” book published in 2017, and she participated in the Artist Project this year at Exhibition Place in Toronto, where she did very well and was juried in again for 2018. She has participated in many juried art shows and photography contests and has had her work published in several magazines and books, including In The Hills magazine. Her utility box art is on display at First Street and Elizabeth Street.

The Utility Box Art Display Program provides local artists with the opportunity to submit unique artwork for installation on selected Town utility boxes using a custom vinyl wrap process. Winning entries are selected by a jury, and successful artists receive a fee of $500 for their designs. Artist applicants must reside in Dufferin County and must be at least 18 years old. Watch for a call for artists in the spring for 2018 submissions.

Artist Ellen Cameron is congratulated by Councillor Sylvia Bradley and artist Ken Hall, both members of Orangeville's Arts & Culture Committee.

Karey Shinn gets ready to unveil her art submission for a utility box, along with Councillor Sylvia Bradley and artist Ken Hall.

Ken Hall and Councillor Sylvia Bradley flank artist Meagan Kikuta whose submission was chosen for a utility art box this year.

Sharon Wadsworth-Smith (second from right) at the unveiling of her utility box artwork with Arts & Culture Committee members Ken Hall and Councillor Sylvia Bradley.