Walldogs preparing to give Cornwall building a BIG House Hug

By Bob Peters
September 5, 2012

BIG House Hug - CornwallA very talented and generous group of artists are busy getting ready for a BIG event, unlike anything this area has ever seen.

The BIG House Hug event will see “walldog” mural artists from around the continent drawing and painting for five days straight to cover the entire Big Brothers Big Sisters “house” in colourful and whimsical artwork.

Visual artist Noella Cotnam is spearheading the project and will be playing host to the 20 or more “walldog” artists that travel to events such as these to work together on murals.

“What I find most exciting about a project like this is watching the design go from a small concept to a large scale work of art in 4 or five short days!” said Cotnam.

The massive artwork will be designed by talented local artist Tracy-Lynn Chisholm. On day one, the design will be projected and traced onto the building and then the “walldogs” get to work. The next four days will see the artists wrapping the entire building in an original painted mural “hug.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Amanda Brisson is excited to see the building transformed.

“This event is unlike anything this area has ever seen. We are so excited to be a part of something so unique,” said Brisson.

The drawing and painting will take place at 101 Third Street West from Sept. 12 -16. Big Brothers Big Sisters is planning an outdoor celebration on Sat. Sept. 15 and Sun. Sept.16. to accompany the muralling of the building.

“We would like to see people come out to support the artists, talk to them and watch the mural unfold,” said Brisson.

The celebration will take place in the parking lot on Third Street adjacent to the Big Brothers Big Sisters building and will feature musicians, entertainers and face painting.

The walldog artists love what they do, enjoy having an audience and are known for connecting with their host community. The BIG House Hug will give them plenty of opportunity for that.

“A mural lovingly wrapping its whimsical arms around a house that connects and affects so many young lives in our community,” said Cotnam.

TV Cogeco has put together a small video story on the BIG House.

Amanda Brisson will also appear on CTV Morning Live in Ottawa on Friday Sept 14th at 8:45am.



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