Huron Arts and Heritage Network to create IPM-specific art - June 1, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Rick Sickinger and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network (HAHN) have brainstormed a number of ways to display the county’s artistic side this September at the International Plowing Match (IPM) in Walton.
While the focus of the IPM will be on the province’s largest agricultural showcase coming to Huron County, Sickinger, cultural development officer with Huron County, says that HAHN is hoping to take that heritage theme and put a bit of a twist on it in a creative way that will live on in the county for decades after the match.
Over the five days of the match, Sickinger says, a variety of Huron County artists will be on hand to help those passing through the county’s tent to create four-inch-squared tiles that will be part of several murals to commemorate the match.
Sickinger says that he hopes those who create panels will use different types of media. Those tiles will then be put together by Huron County artists to create murals that will be displayed throughout the county after the match and for years to come.
While locations for the murals – he thinks there will be three by the end of the match – have yet to be finalized, Sickinger says he thinks one will be placed in Seaforth at the Huron East municipal office and another will be displayed at the Huron County Museum.
He hopes that the projects will help commemorate the IPM, but also help to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.
During all five days of the match, Sickinger estimates that between 1,000 and 2,000 individual art tiles will be completed, which means a number of murals will be created.
The second project being taken on by HAHN is the creation and painting of the nine lower-tier municipality barns for the county tent.
Jenna Ujiye recently presented her plan for the Huron County tent to Huron County Council, detailing the two sides of the tent – one representing the countryside and the other representing the coastline – and the artistic boardwalk that will run between the two sections.
On one side of the barn will be nine barns and silos, each representing one of the county’s municipalities.
Those will be artistically created and then made available to the municipalities after the match.
In addition, the boardwalk for the centre of the tent is all being sourced by sustainably-harvested wood from Huron County forests.
Sickinger says that while the IPM will focus on agriculture and the farming families for which Huron County is famous, he’s hoping that agriculture can provide the inspiration for some of the art being created for this year’s match.
The first meeting for the project has already taken place, he says, and the ideas have been great.
With the talented visual artists living and working in the county, Sickinger said, he anticipates great things coming from the work being done in anticipation of the match.
Sickinger says HAHN is still looking for artists interested in lending their talents to the IPM and HAHN’s project. If interested, artists are encouraged to call him at 519-482-5457, extension 2730.