A Field Guide to DTK's Art Walk

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It is with such excitement that on behalf of the businesses of Downtown Kitchener, we, the Downtown Kitchener BIA, welcome you to the DTK Art Walk! “Kitchener has a heart of grit that everywhere doesn’t”. Downtown Kitchener is driven by the community and strives to be a place where people can connect through friends, culture, food, retail and entertainment. In March 2020, everything changed with the rise of COVID-19. In the midst of uncertain times, the Downtown Kitchener BIA wanted to give the community something beautiful and long-lasting, that would reignite a passion for the Downtown we all love. The Business Improvement Area, better known as the BIA, formed a partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to create an outdoor museum. Among past installations of art and murals, you will also find new outdoor pieces on buildings throughout the core. These creative works provide the opportunity to visit and connect with Downtown Kitchener and enhance a sense of community and local cultural development. This initiative will serve to beautify your Downtown and bring us back together, at a distance, through local art. Whether you venture downtown to shop, dine, or just take a walk, we hope you find joy in the installations you cross paths with on your journey. Change is constant and inevitable but DTK will continue to evolve and be a place for everyone. - Together, We Own It!


Welcome to the first installation of the DTK Art Walk, an exploration of creative works throughout the core. With this Field Guide comes an opportunity to embark on an experiential journey unique to all. We thank all of the artists that came together in collaboration to make this a reality. Your drive and passion have made our community a place that resonates and thrives on creativity and individuality.

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ART WALK INDEX 35. Kitchener Market Piazza

64. Pedestrian

2. Canoe & Heron

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3. Asibikaashi (Spider Woman)

36. The Mural of Belonging

66. Blueberry Pine

4. Planting One Another

37. Animanimus

5. Protecting The Memory

39. Trees for the Forest 1

6. Past|Present|Future

40. Recollection & Transformation of Memory

68. Love is Everywhere

70. In The Clouds

10. untitled (like two ships in the light)

41. Part of the Scenery (a reluctant backdrop)

11. Indoors Out

42. Grizzly Bear

72. DTK Photo Walk

12. DTK Outdoor Mural

43. Dissipate 41

73. Individuality

13. Neon Blvd

44. Made Space

74. Focus

14. Welcome // We are all the Same // Grandchildren’s Joy

45. The Condor and the Eagle

75. Umbrellas Charles Street Terminal

46. Halls Lane 3

76. Toward the Light 77. Dancer & His Reflection in a Puddle

Aporia

7. Footprints 8. Anvil 9. Horsepower

38. In the Garden

15. Celestial Mechanics

47. Halls Lane 2

16. Between the Acts

48. Halls Lane 1

17. 30 Ontario Alley

49. We are the Same Beings

18. Ribbed Plant-leap 19. The Electrohome 20. Good Messages 21. The Goudie Mural

50. HOUSE FIRE (Chronic Heartbreak) & ALRIGHT

65. Ectospore 67. Tranquility // Refreshed // Red Berries // Yellow Berries // Daisy, Daisy 69. Blood in the Water (Six Miles Deep) 71. Isolation // Connection

78. Mindsounds 79. Huron Park Aerial 80. Serene 81. Queuing To Wait

51. Remember To

82. Convergence Screen Test 1

52. Kinship

83. Inner Reflection

53. Halls Lane 4

84. Healthy Habit

54. Zhashagi

85. Thread

55. AOK Oniijaaniw (Doe)

86. Quail and Dumplings

56. Shy Shayesté

88. LOVE

28. Traveller, Many Hidden Moons Ago...

57. In the Keep of Change

89. A Home Within a Home

29. Flowers of the Sea: Octopus Garden

58. City of Owayseug

90. Stuck Between

59. Rainbow Walkway

91. Self Discovery

30. Stories of New Beginnings

60. The Luggage Project

92. Comparison

31. Sweet Pea 32. The Market Walk

61. Recognize Everyone

94. You Could Be Here (A)

33. German Heritage

62. The Tile Project

34. Downtown Presence

63. The Value of One the Power of Many

95. You Could Be Here (B)

22. Goudies Lane 5 23. Goudies Lane 4 24. Goudies Lane 3 25. Goudies Lane 2 26. Goudies Lane 1 27. Queen Street Placemaking Project

87. In This Place

93. Start Creating

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1 | Aporia

APORIA Artist: Ed Zelenak Location: 200 Frederick Street Medium: Fibreglass sculpture Year: 1978 Noted artist Ed Zelenak designed this controversial twisted orange fibreglass sculpture that sits on the lawn outside of the old courthouse, given as a gift from the province in 1980. The piece has been part of our community landscape for 40 years with little information provided. As former Kitchener councillor and culture advocate Jean Haalboom speculated in an opinion piece for Kitchener Post back in 2017, was Aporia perhaps “ … meant to lighten up the 1977, three-storey, windowless concrete building, a mid-century modern example of the Brutalist style of architecture [of the courthouse].” Zelenak’s artwork explores the condition of the inner self — the dichotomies of life, and the interplay of intuition and logic through the use of the familiar iconography of trees, crosses, stairs, arrows and circles. Born in 1940, Zelenak studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1957-1959, and resumed his art studies in 1960 at the Fort Worth Art Centre and Barsch Kelly Atelier in Dallas, Texas. He held the position of Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON from 1979-1988. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1976. Zelenak’s work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague; the Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago; and The Ukrainian Museum, New York.


2 | Canoe and Heron

CANOE AND HERON Artist: August Swinson (@augustillustrated), created for Lowland Properties Group Location: 151 Frederick Street Medium: Digital illustration Year: 2021

August Swinson grew up on the small Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation reserve. Early memories of life on the reserve have influenced his work as an illustrator. Swinson remembers nostalgic images of chopping and carrying wood and water, canoeing with his Grandfather or scrambling over rock with his siblings on the islands that dot the lakes of the Kawarthas. With a career in graphic design, he now spends time in his studio located in Kitchener. An illustration combining a favourite activity and a favourite bird. You don’t have to go far to be on the lake or to see these magnificent birds.


3 | Asibikaashi (Spider Woman)

ASIBIKAASHI (SPIDER WOMAN) Artist: Terre Chartrand (@terre_c) Location: KWAG, 101 Queen Street North Medium: Vinyl Year: 2019 Terre Chartrand is an Algonquin and French-Canadian artist living in Waterloo Region who has a background in literature, theatre, visual arts, photography, digital interactivity and science. Chartrand is currently the artistic director of Pins and Needles Fabric Company, an Indigenous inter-arts company in the Waterloo Region. Spider Woman helped bring Grandfather Sun back to the people. You can see it in the webs before dawn — every day she weaves a new lodge and captures the light of the sunrise in the filaments and sparkling dew gathered on her webs. It is in the dreamcatcher that Anishinaabe women weave where we remember Spider Woman and how she protects us and our babies. The bad dreams get caught in the webs and the good ones come through the centre. And just like the sun evaporates the dew on her webs, the bad dreams disintegrate with the dawn. The spider lurks in dark corners, cleaning our homes of pests. She builds her webs, trapping the things that could bite us and hurt us. In the natural world, she builds her webs where mosquitoes and flying insects are most abundant and traps and feeds on them. Spiders are not to be feared, but protected and respected.


4 | Planting One Another

PLANTING ONE ANOTHER Artist: Mike MacDonald (@kwartgallery) (Photography courtesy of KWAG) Location: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North Medium: Wood, native plant species Year: Ongoing Mike MacDonald (1941-2006) was a Mi’kmaq artist whose works primarily focused on the environment, incorporating plants and animals into many of his pieces. From the late 1980s into the early 1990s, MacDonald recorded testimony and created visual documents for the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en during their land claim challenges. While on location for a video shoot near Kitwanga, British Columbia, in an area threatened by clear-cut logging, MacDonald’s encounters with butterflies inspired his understanding of their connection to medicinal plants and healing. This was the seed of his numerous butterfly gardens created from 1995 to 2003 across the country. These gardens made spaces for contemplation and invited slow looking and interaction with medicinal plants. MacDonald designed and built more than 20 gardens across the country, and for each space, he drew from Indigenous ancestral practices contributing to his extensive botanical knowledge. MacDonald understood that native pollinators are particularly attracted to native plants in order to eat, rest and breed. In the catalogue for the 2003 Shore/Lines exhibition, MacDonald explained that “(A)ll of the native plants that butterflies use have traditional medicinal uses.” MacDonald’s gardens provide a rich refuge for medicinal perennial plants (which return every spring) native to the region, butterflies and other pollinators, inviting audiences to take time for contemplating and imagining healthier and more reciprocal futures. The best time to view these plants is between June and October annually.


5 | Protecting the Memory

PROTECTING THE MEMORY Artist: Timothy Schmalz (@timschmalz) Location: Civic District Park (across from CITS), Margaret and Queen Street Medium: Bronze casting Year: 2007

Ten bronze Firefighter helmets, each bearing the name of a fallen Firefighter are part of the work. Schmalz’s monument shows Firefighters rushing to the scene under the cover of angels’ wings while the angels kneel in sorrow for the Firefighters’ fallen brothers. The reverse side of the monument shows an angel praying for the fallen Firefighters with a cityscape safely sheltered in its wings. The perspective of the city is from high above as if the fallen Firefighters are looking down from heaven on the city they sacrificed their lives to protect.


6 | Past | Present | Future

PAST|PRESENT|FUTURE Artist: Ernest Daetwyler (@ernestdaetwyler) Location: 20 Weber Street East Medium: Mixed media (limestone, bricks, steel) sculpture Year: 2018

On September 30, 2014, Regional Council approved the commissioning of Past | Present | Future by Ernest Daetwyler for installation at the Former County Courthouse at 20 Weber St. E., Kitchener. Daetwyler’s series of seven spheres of different materials and sizes was purposeful — to get people thinking about evolution and the notion of time, while also involving Indigenous women from the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener. The three limestone spheres refer to a distant past. A larger sphere is made of bricks, taken from some old downtown buildings. The reflective, steel sphere represents the present. The piece makes a strong artistic statement in line with the project theme, which is the evolution of the site and of the Regional government and complements the site, the historically significant courthouse building, and nearby Governor’s House and Gaol. People are encouraged to visit the site to engage with the artwork and enjoy the public space. The artwork is located on the Queen Street side of the property next to the Ontario Heritage Trust plaques.


7 | Footprints

FOOTPRINTS Artist: Nicholas Rees Location: Downtown Community Centre, 35 Weber Street West Medium: Cast Portland cement Year: 2005

A whimsical take on creating paths and storytelling in a literal footstep sense. Using historic samples of footwear that had been donated to the Artifacts Project by Tom Kaufman, President of Kaufman Footwear. The samples would have been made in the King Street plant Downtown Kitchener. The imprints suggest footsteps leading to the Community Centre.


8 | Anvil

ANVIL Artist: Nicholas Rees Location: Kitchener City Hall (outside Duke Street entrance), 200 King Street West Medium: Ferrocement Year: 1996

Nicholas Rees’ piece symbolizes Kitchener’s industrial past and hopes for the future. The anvil acknowledges the industrial history of Kitcheners as expressed by the City’s motto,” Ex Industria prosperitas” translated to “The industry success”. Also, it resonates with the Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Project which was founded in 1996 by Rees in partnership with the City of Kitchener. The Artifacts Project celebrates the local industry and its history, where the placement of selected pieces resonates on many levels connecting their significance in that specific location.


9 | Horsepower

HORSEPOWER Artists: Brad Golden and Lynne Eichenberg Location: Kitchener City Hall (outside Duke Street entrance), 200 King Street West Medium: Mixed media (glass, iron, steel, aluminum) Year: 1993

Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the new City Hall in 1993, this piece recognizes the historical role industry played in Kitchener’s development.


This sculpture was inspired by the well-preserved stock of industrial buildings within the city. The project features a composition of four large machinery wheels complimented by a monument glazing screen. The screen facing City Hall displays images selected from the city archives on the surface. A large frosted image of a regional scene faces the countryside beyond. Stainless steel letters are inlaid in the surfaces of the two benches within the sodded area of the artwork that spells “Industria” and “Prosperitas” – both words taken from the City of Kitchener’s motto which are representative of the values of the City and the metaphor of the artwork.


10 | untitled (like two ships in the light)

UNTITLED (LIKE TWO SHIPS IN THE LIGHT) Artist: Ioana Dragomir (@dragomir.ioana.dragomir) Location: 30 Water Street North Medium: Collage Year: 2021

Ioana holds an Honours BA in studio practice from the University of Waterloo, an MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and is currently an MFA candidate at Concordia University. Her work has been recognized by the KW Arts Awards and the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH), among others.


Dragomir is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice combines her interest in writing and literary analysis with drawing, collage, textiles, ceramics and installation. In this work, fragments of paintings from a Sotheby’s catalog of Dutch Golden Age masterpieces are collaged in order to create a new image. The prevalence of lush flowers and naval scenes in the catalog both reference the Dutch economy in the 1600s, as well as the present-day art market in which the paintings are now circulating.


11 | Indoors Out

INDOORS OUT Artist: Stephanie Scott (@sstephaniesscott) Location: LCBO Courtyard, King Street West Medium: Acrylic paint on plywood Year: 2019

Stephanie Scott is an Illustrator and Designer specializing in murals and environmental branding. With an education in Fine Art and Graphic Design, her work unifies her skills in both traditional and digital media. Based on childhood nostalgia, the bright and inviting colour palette of Scott’s mural brings a sense of personality throughout, and is intended to brighten and be an inviting piece in the LCBO Courtyard. The simple shapes and strong lines provide a pleasant unifying feeling while sitting at the outdoor lounging space.


12 | Downtown Kitchener Outdoor Mural

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER OUTDOOR MURAL Artist: Trisha Abe (@trishaabe) Location: Across from Kitchener City Hall Medium: Acrylic paint on plywood Year: 2018

Trisha Abe is a painter, illustrator, and muralist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Abe’s dive into the world of visual arts was sudden and intense. She is heavily influenced by female portraiture and her work embraces the human form through minimalism and celebrates strong character, diversity, and feminine energy. Abe aims to breakdown complex, multidimensional beings into their most basic elements. Her painted murals for a number of clients include: Shopify, Inkbox Toronto, Communitech, and the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Cited from Abe’s website


13 | Neon Blvd

NEON BLVD Artist: Vintage Black Canada™ (@vintageblackcanada) Location: 1 Young Street Medium: Photograph c/o Errol Starr Francis Year: 1987

Aaron T. Francis is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a multidisciplinary artist and the curator of Vintage Black Canada™ — a multidisciplinary creative and collaborative initiative founded in 2019 by Aaron — with the express purpose of documenting the transnational modern history of the African Diaspora in Canada and all they have richly contributed to Canada’s cultural milieu. Having on numerous occasions conveyed the importance of memorializing candid, joyful moments for Black families — with this image, Francis takes poetic license to lovingly convey the equal importance in celebrating moments of local Black triumph. Neon Blvd, a title taken from a song on his 1989 Juno Award winning album Temple of Love, captures the artist’s uncle Errol in just such a moment — one that his uncle might describe as fleeting, according to Francis — given his not uncomplicated relationship with the Canadian entertainment industry as a Jamaican-born Black man from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.


14 | Welcome // We are all the Same // Grandchildren’s Joy

WELCOME // WE ARE ALL THE SAME // GRANDCHILDREN’S JOY Artist: Pamela Rojas (@p.rojas.art) Location: 102 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2010 – 2012

Pamela Rojas believes in and enjoys creating art as an individual artist. As a community art project where she integrates people in the process of executing the work, her experience teaches that art can be a vivid experience for different groups of people, and it also creates community bridges. Rojas’ designs are inspired by a mix of Latin American muralists and Folk Art Style. Her painting presents us with a magical, peaceful, serene world with candour and imaginative spontaneity. She explores vivid colours, emotions, and the fusion of ceramic details. The essence and the character of Rojas’ style sprouts from the innocence of the mind, and simplicity, which removes constraints and allows more liberty in composition — transmitting a sense of happiness and surprise in a world as though seen by people for the first time.


15 | Celestial Mechanics

CELESTIAL MECHANICS Artist: Kate Wilson (@kate.wilson.eidetics), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 102 King Street West Medium: Acrylic paint on brick Year: 2009

Kate Wilson’s practice has focused on large-scale wall drawing installations, having recently completed a drawing entitled Microbial Baroque at the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia. In collaboration with Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFK+A) a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Celestial Mechanics is a large scale architecturally site-specific wall drawing. Wilson’s drawings flirt with abstraction and recall macro views of botanical and astronomical forms. They take on the appearance of intimate, colourful, doodles that have been magnified to larger proportions. Cited from cafka.org


16 | Between the Acts

BETWEEN THE ACTS Artist: Jane Buyers Location: 36 King Street West Medium: Bronze Year: 2002

Between the Acts is a bronze relief representing part of the drapery and hem of a brocade theatre curtain, which appears to be billowing through the brick facade of the building from the stage inside. The King Street Theatre, similar to most contemporary theatres, does not have a stage curtain. Nevertheless, the curtain remains a powerful symbol of the border between everyday life and the heightened experience that is the theatre. The image of a curtain embodies the anticipation, the excitement, the sense of magic and transformation that lie at the core of the theatrical experience. Since Theatre & Company has since closed, this artwork serves as a bit of a historical document of what was once there.


17 | 30 Ontario Alley

30 ONTARIO ALLEY Artist: Andrew Thom (@rapspray) Location: Show & Tell, 30 Ontario Street Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

In the alleyway at the side of his coffee shop, Show & Tell, Andrew Thom expanded and created this piece to run the entire length of the building. This piece brought together by three smaller pieces brings exploration to letter-forms. It accents, juxtapositions between flat, monochromatic colour palettes seen in the lettering and 3-dimensional atmosphere of the background.


Thom’s typographical and shape-driven mural gives viewers an opportunity to come to their own conclusion on the context of the piece as a whole. His use of heavy line work to create the illusion of a light source allows the piece to pop off the wall. It’s this form of art that inspires Thom to continue exploring different avenues, letter-forms, colour and artistic culture.


18 | Ribbed Plant-leap

RIBBED PLANT-LEAP Artist: Meghan Harder (@meghan.harder) Location: 48 Ontario Street North Medium: Coloured pencil on paper Year: 2021

Meghan Harder is an interdisciplinary artist from St. Catharines, Ontario. Harder received her MFA from the University of Guelph. She was the 2015 Eastern Comma artist-in-residence at the rare Charitable Research Reserve, and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Ox-Bow School of Art and the Vermont Studio Centre (VSC). She has exhibited at The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre in Jordan, The Plum, Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG), Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) and Peanuts Gallery in Vancouver. Harder is also a 2019 Arts Awards Waterloo Region winner. Meghan Harder makes art in the form of drawing, writing, sound, sculpture and installation. She uses found artifacts of cultural heritage, local history, popular culture, personal and familial memory and transforms them using various rulebased and intuitive processes. To describe this process, Harder uses the analogy of a mnemonic for a birdsong — a phrase memorized by birders to identify species in the field through sound. The mnemonic phrase tells you nothing about what the bird is trying to communicate but preserves some qualities of its voice.


19 | The Electrohome

THE ELECTROHOME Artist: Christina Peori Location: Side of Duke Street parking garage Medium: Mixed media and plaster Year: 1995

The mural depicts Electrohome Ltd., previously a prominent manufacturer of appliances and electrical equipment. Set in the 1900s this mural showcases a large balloon with examples of Electrohome’s products and family set in the middle of the balloon. The baby in the piece portrays the son of Arthur B. Pollock, Founder of the Electrohomes. Expanding on family ties and connection to one another, this mural provides strong leading lines and captures the viewer’s eye within the balloon.


20 | Good Messages

GOOD MESSAGES Artist: Alanah Jewell, Morning Star Designs (@morning.star.designs) Location: 8 Queen Street North Medium: Digital illustration Year: 2022

Alanah Astehtsi Otsisohkwa Jewell is a bear clan artist from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She uses digital illustrations, acrylic paintings on wood and canvas and mural work to bring Indigenous art and representation to urban spaces. She is also a community organizer, and hosts Indigenous Art Markets in her home City of Kitchener, Ontario. Good Messages is meant to encourage Indigenous people to reconnect with their younger and/or troubled self. It’s a difficult but beautiful reminder that: regardless of the stage of life or struggle we are in, we are always enough. Our existence makes our ancestors proud, and we will always attract good things. We all have healing to do — speaking to our inner child with Good Messages helps us feel connection to our identities, and helps heal who we were as children.


21 | The Goudie Mural

THE GOUDIE MURAL Artist: The Firm Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2017

This mural was brought to life by The Firm, a mural collective who captured the vision of Downtown Kitchener through live music and art. As it was completed, people enjoyed live entertainment from a band performing beside the wall in the alcove where the mural resides.


22 | Goudies Lane Nº5

GOUDIES LANE Nº5 Artist: Jordan Warmington (@jordan_war) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2017

Jordan Warmington’s tattooing style, and use of flat and punchy colours, are clearly translated into this mural. Bold lines and a four-colour palette allow for a captivating piece that highlights a little something for everyone and creates a depth and sense of movement.


23 | Goudies Lane Nº4

GOUDIES LANE Nº4 Artist: Andrew Thom (@rapspray) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2017

Andrew Thom finds inspiration through a wide range of aspects when it comes to his street art, finding the lines and highlights through light, movement and a selected colour palette. Thom works with trending and popular colour palettes accompanied by letter exploration, deviating from traditional understandings of how letter-forms work with each other. Thom pushes the boundaries of what letter-forms and light sources can do. He enjoys the whole process of exploration and lets himself and viewers rationalize and interpret his work from their own perspectives. Whether that is through following the map of movement designed by Thom or enjoying the colour integration with its surroundings, his pieces are yours to discover.


24 | Goudies Lane Nº3

GOUDIES LANE Nº3 Artist: Stephanie Boutari (@stephboutari) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and exterior acrylic paint Year: 2017

Stephanie Boutari is known for her large scale architecturally-inspired pieces, accompanied by vibrant colours, a wide range of depth and detail. Boutari emphasizes her work with strong lines and uniform shapes that join one to another in a harmonious balance between colour, structure, depth of field, gestalt and other elements and principles of design. Focusing on gradients, this piece allows the brick to take on a sense of breaking through a visual fourth wall.


25 | Goudies Lane Nº2

GOUDIES LANE Nº2 Artist: Tori Ward Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and acrylic paint Year: 2017

An almost sketchbook-like style, this mural provides a nice punch of contrast with the simple black and white figures planting and taking care of nature. Along with three children, the poem helps tell the story to bring strong balance and relatable qualities when viewing this mural, not shying away from topics that are relevant to all viewers.


26 | Goudies Lane Nº1

GOUDIES LANE Nº1 Artist: Clare Binnie (@binnieclareart), Underground Gallery (@undergroundgallery) Location: Goudies Lane (entrance through Queen Street North) Medium: Mixed media mural and acrylic paint Year: 2017

This organic and free-flowing form takes on an interpretation of the city as a whole. Using strong use of colour and movement, the viewer’s eye can move throughout the piece, taking notice of the buildings and clock tower of Victoria Park. This piece allows for the viewer’s own interpretation.


27 | Queen Street Placemaking Project

QUEEN STREET PLACEMAKING PROJECT Artist: Designed through community engagement Location: Intersection of Queen Street and King Street Medium: Duratherm on asphalt Year: 2020

The design in the Queen Street corridor helps mark the importance of the Queen Street and King Street intersection as the centre of downtown Kitchener, and signals the space is a place for people, not just cars. It also helps to provide traffic calming and connectivity for pedestrians crossing Queen Street via either Halls Lane or Goudies Lane. This work is part of the Queen Street reconstruction that includes the redesign of Vogelsang Green. The design itself is a colourful, abstract piece that works in a series of icons related to the area, including crowns symbolizing King and Queen streets, a heart to symbolize the heart of downtown, opera masks and more.


28 | Traveller, Many Hidden Moons Ago...

TRAVELLER, MANY HIDDEN MOONS AGO... Artist: Akshata Naik (@akshata.naik) Location: 10 King Street West Year: 2021 – 2022

Akshata Naik is a contemporary visual artist, educator, researcher and administrator based in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Naik’s works reflect upon her lived experiences of moving homes, cities and countries. Through a lens of immigration, war, displacement, home and belonging, Naik works towards co-creating with her viewers an immersive experience. Naik’s interactive art installations consist of drawing, painting, ephemeral temporary sculptures and art in virtual reality. As a newcomer to Canada Naik became active in the arts scene, soon after arriving in 2017, widely showing her interactive art with several communities across Toronto. Naik has exhibited internationally in North America, Europe and Asia, including solo and group exhibitions at galleries in the UK, Canada, and India.


This series of work was inspired during a global pandemic by thoughts around travelling to another planet, universe, space, light, fantasy and the curiosity of the unknown. This is an attempt at exploring the curious spaces that the artist often intrudes into while daydreaming. The artist is making an inquiry of the innumerable layers of the world — that all living beings and non-living objects coexist around universal movements and dynamics. Through these digital works, the artist is creating and translating that feeling of a traveller, from many hidden moons ago, now and in the future.


29 | Flowers of the Sea: Octopus Garden

FLOWERS OF THE SEA: OCTOPUS GARDEN Artist: Liz Skelton (@phatlizzardart) Location: 70 King Street East Medium: Acrylics on canvas Year: 2021

Liz Skelton is a South African-born artist based in Waterloo, Ontario. Her artistic journey began in Cape Town, where she was a professional ceramic artist, making, firing and hand-painting both functional and decorative ware. In 1997, the family immigrated to Canada and Skelton was drawn back into the arts where she fell in love with abstract art and all things acrylic. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, she became a full-time professional artist. This piece called Octopus Garden is part of Skelton’s Flowers of the Sea body of work. The artist loves the process of creating using form and colour, and the freedom to paint without justifying a reason or purpose — leaving interpretation open to the viewer. Skelton’s artwork is deeply influenced by her past: using brilliant tones of saturated colour that reflect the heat of Africa, as well as colours that reflect the softer hues of the ever changing Atlantic.


30 | Stories of New Beginnings

STORIES OF NEW BEGINNINGS Artist: Pamela Rojas (@p.rojas.art) Location: 256 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2014

Celebrating 14 years of providing support to newly arrived refugees this mural is filled with vibrant colours and the narration of a strong cultured community. Spanning the length of the building, this mural allows you to gravitate to the warm colours, inviting scenery and sense of community.


31 | Sweet Pea

SWEET PEA Artist: Walter Gibson Location: Kitchener Market (Eby Street), 300 King Street East Medium: Terrazzo tille, glass, mosaic tile, copper, concrete (fountain) Year: 2004

This elegant and playful fountain, stretching 33 feet long, is in the shape of a pea pod. It functions as a seating area, and the centre of the fountain features running water over five copper peas. The fountain benches were designed out of traditional terrazzo glass; the colourful higher back area is Byzantine glass mosaic. This fountain was created for when the market was opening at the current location, making references to the food and farming.


32 | The Market Walk

THE MARKET WALK Artist: Nicole Beno (@nicole_beno) Location: Eby Street Crossway Medium: Thermoplastic road paint Year: 2019

Inspired by the sounds, smells, sights, tastes, atmosphere and culture of the market on a busy Saturday morning, Beno created a mural that spans the width of Eby Street. Tapping into what Beno’s visits to the market are like, she utilizes her style of abstraction and colour theory, line, unity, shape and movement to represent the vibrancy of the market — capturing the organicness, and seasonality of it all.


33 | German Heritage

THE GERMAN HERITAGE OF THE KITCHENERWATERLOO REGION Artist: Gus Froese Location: Market Lane entrance to the Kitchener Market, 300 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 1998

Constructed as if reading an old newspaper, this piece showcases the German heritage of the City. Capturing a couple dancing, and melding both historic and present-day images. The colour palette used is influenced by German culture, with rich earthy tones and aspects showcased in traditional German clothing. The work is encased with a decorative border that lets the piece blend organically onto the market wall.


34 | Downtown Presence

DOWNTOWN PRESENCE Artist: Monte Wright Location: Market Lane entrance to the Kitchener Market, 300 King Street East Medium: Mixed media mural

This mural uses a colour palette that resonates with strength, honour and humble caring feelings. The story told through the piece leads the viewer’s eyes to the centre and back out to the other side of the mural. The movement allows for every element to be showcased in its own unique way.


35 | Kitchener Market Piazza

KITCHENER MARKET PIAZZA Artist: Melika Hashemi (@melihashemi), Meg Harder (@meg.harder) Location: Kitchener Market piazza, 300 King Street East Medium: Paint Year: 2019

Melika Hashemi’s earlier works are reimaginations of aspects of Iranian culture experienced in hyphenated ways, and her current works reflect concerns with marginality, resistance and her relationship to “home.” An aspect of Meg Harder’s work considers the social history of Fraktur Folk Art — imaginative, illuminated calligraphy made by early Mennonite settlers to Ontario.


Hashemi and Harder were drawn together by the aesthetic resonances between Persian and Mennonite visual culture. This mural design mixes motifs and patterns from each cannon, to create a colourful and eye-catching hybrid space that reflects the modern intercultural realities of Kitchener. The abstract design reveals small scenes compiled from historic Fraktur and Persian miniature illustrations. Botanical motifs and highly stylized text are featured in both Persian and Mennonite artwork. This mural will also feature site-responsive poetry by Seth Razlaff and Bashar Jabbour. Together, these different elements blend in celebration of food, culture and gathering.


36 | The Mural of Belonging

THE MURAL OF BELONGING Artist: Pamela Rojas (@p.rojas.art), August Swinson (@augustillustrated), Mono Gonzalez (@monogonzalezchile), The Firm (@thefirm.murals), Ian Pierce (@artesekeo), coordinated by Neruda Arts Location: Charles Street near Cameron Heights Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2017

Neruda Arts had the vision to create a huge mural representing the desire and need to belong to a community. This ambitious concept was realized, and the 150-foot mural, to coincide with Canada’s 150-year celebrations, was installed on Charles Street in Kitchener in September 2017. The mural came to fruition as the amazing local and international artists funnelled the skills of over 150 talented members of our community.


By recognizing that Canada is a nation of immigrants living on Indigenous land, through this mural, they explored the Indigenous, multicultural and Canadian identity by visually narrating the story of belonging. The activity itself brought different cultural communities of all ages together to create a piece of beautiful art, from varied perspectives — about the need to belong, the celebration of equity, social justice and respect for cultural diversity on this land we all call home.


37 | Animanimus

ANIMANIMUS Artist: Ted Fullerton Location: Corner of King and Madison Street Medium: Bronze Year: 1999

A two-part sculpture comprising a figure elevated on a pole accompanied by a chair element. Animanimus celebrates Kitchener’s proud tradition and heritage of manufacturing, retail, hospitality community and symbolically utilizes the universal image of the chair. Animanimus is a created word from two psychological terms: anima, animus. It represents a fusion of the soul, spirit, and hospitality.


38 | In the Garden

IN THE GARDEN Artist: Stephanie Scott (@sstephaniesscott) Location: 9 Eby Street East Medium: Latex paint on brick Year: 2020

Stephanie Scott works closely with clients to create designs that are tailored to them and feel like an extension of their brand. Some of her work can be seen around Waterloo Region at Catalyst 137, Wilfred Laurier University, 44 Gaukel and St. Jacobs Village. Starting each project with an open mind and a blank slate helps Scott create a custom design for each space. Add to this, endless curiosity, which fuels the research phase of every project. Scott loves any excuse to dig through archives or get lost in books. She continuously collects all kinds of resources and inspiration, waiting for the perfect time to use them. Regardless of what style or subject matter she is working with, when it comes to public art, Scott’s goal is always to create an uplifting atmosphere that can be enjoyed by anyone.


39 | Trees for the Forest 1

TREES FOR THE FOREST 1 Artist: Eileen MacArthur (@artsalvage.ca) Location: 243 King Street East Medium: Oil on canvas Year: 2021

Eileen MacArthur completed an MFA in painting at the University of Guelph in 2005 and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States and China. In 2009, she received special mention as a finalist in the Kingston Prize Canadian portrait competition, and was named as a finalist in The Kingston Prize 2011 competition. Her work was included in 2009 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) biennial and in 2010 at the XX5 Fisch Haus invitational biennial in Wichita. She has exhibited at the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, and her work was included in their International PAINTING Annual (INPA) V4 and V9. Trees for the Forest is a series of paintings completed in 2021 that incorporate pre-existing and found images that have been reconfigured into a single painting. Certain elements have been removed from the found images in order to obscure the original context. The trees act as individual ‘portraits’ pulled from a larger mass of images.


40 | Recollection & Transformation of Memory

RECOLLECTION & TRANSFORMATION OF MEMORY Artist: Allan MacKay Location: Speaker’s Corner, 2 Benton Street Medium: Stainless steel, ceramic tile and granite Year: 2009

By incorporating literal and abstract images, based on source pictures of the current site, an interactive experience is provided for the viewer. The sculpture is a combination of abstract coloured porcelain tiles, reflected and transformed by a stainless-steel pillar acting like a mirror — into a recognizable image of the site before the modernization process. This perspective technique in visual arts is called anamorphosis. The granite walls contain a series of etched literal and abstract images, as well as text placed strategically on the sculpture and wall elements. The text reinforces the notion of public voice and the purpose of the site (Speaker’s Corner) through repeating phrases: “SPEAKING PUBLIC SPEAKING and SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT”.


41 | Part of the Scenery (a reluctant backdrop)

PART OF THE SCENERY (A RELUCTANT BACKDROP) Artist: Melissa Doherty (@melissamdoherty) Location: 44 Queen Street South Medium: Oil on canvas Year: 2020

Melissa Doherty is an award-winning, mid-career artist and fine art graduate of the University of Waterloo. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been exhibited at Christinerose Gallery in New York, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal and the University of Toronto. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including Sir Elton John and David Furnish, BMO, TELUS, RBC and The Progressive Art Collection in the US. Doherty’s work explores the artiface and facade inherent in the landscaping of nature. In a society with increasingly virtual spaces, we are disconnected from the natural tactile world, according to the artist. The amplification of texture and tonality in Doherty’s work serves to create a visceral, grounding physical experience in the artist and the viewer. A painting is a virtual space, but it is also a tangible, substantial object, imbued with feeling and lived experience. The painting Part of the Scenery, with its tightly cropped subject, suggests nature as a reluctant backdrop.


42 | Grizzly Bear

GRIZZLY BEAR Artist: Chris Austin (@chrisaustinart) Location: Halls Lane, 41 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2014

Starting to paint at 15, Chris Austin used his work as a creative outlet, embracing originality. Austin is proud of his style, which has shaped his work throughout Downtown and the Region. Collaborating with artists of many facets, Austin has been able to broaden his network and creative reach to the City. Grizzly bears play a large part in Austin’s work, allowing him to be able to tap into something that is frightening to him and to be able to embrace it with open arms. When this mural was created, it was intended to make the Downtown core more lively and vibrant with art. This piece is the second part of the bear series he created. Allowing for the quick fluid lines to flow through, captivating his style, it has become a staple to anyone who walks down Halls Lane.


43 | Dissipate 41

DISSIPATE 41 Artist: Sarah Kernohan (@sarahkernohan) Location: 41 King Street West Medium: Pigment print on Hahnemühle museum etching paper Year: 2017 Sarah Kernohan is a visual artist who makes drawings and collage-based works. She completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo in 2015 and her BFA in drawing and painting at OCAD University in 2008. Recent accomplishments include: residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Bothy Project in the UK, and exhibitions with Gallery Stratford and Galerie AVE in Montreal. Kernohan is a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto and she lives and works in Kitchener. Kernohan’s work is rooted in memory, experiences of landscape, geological and weather-related phenomena. The artist bases her collages on the rocks found at the bottom of cliffs. These fragments — byproducts of gravity and erosion — can hypothetically be reassembled in place. According to Kernohan, making a perfect facsimile would be tedious. Kernohan builds her collages with photographic details of rocks that she splices, overlaps and rearranges. Some features line up perfectly, and others jog and fall out of step as she works. The artist looks for similar features, while attempting to develop a hypothetical extension of these small rocky surfaces and bring attention to subtle landscape elements.


44 | Made Space

MADE SPACE Artist: Logan MacDonald (@logo.gram) Location: 50 Ontario Street Medium: Digital photography Year: 2018

Logan MacDonald is a queer visual artist and curator from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland. He identifies as a settler with mix-European/Mi’kmaq ancestry. MacDonald holds a MFA from York University (2010) and a BFA from Concordia University (2006). His artwork has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His work has also been featured in publications that include un Magazine, C Magazine, Canadian Art, LTTR and Documenta 12. He is currently Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art at Waterloo University. Made Space belongs to a larger photographic series where the artist frames bodily engagement with tree removal, to establish a metaphor intended to focus on how public spaces (particularly parks) seek to sanitize from dis, queer, and Indigenous engagement. The work questions the control of public spaces. Who decides how they are maintained, and what bodies are allowed to exist within them?


45 | The Condor and the Eagle

THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE Artist: Alapinta (@alapinta.cl), Neruda Arts (@nerudaarts.ca) Location: Halls Lane (on the side of Grand Trunk Saloon), 30 Ontario Street South Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2014

This mural was created as a tribute to the Mapuche and Six Nation’s Peoples, the original caretakers of the land. Neruda Arts brought Alapinta (Chile), who came to Canada, and had many conversations with Six Nations and local Indigenous organizations, before beginning the mural. Conversations regarding strong storytelling and narration, represented with strong lines, vibrant colour and fluid movement were had. This mural engages the viewer and inspires imagination through imagery while celebrating cultural expression. This massive mural has been a focus of Downtown since 2014. Alapinta has been an artist collective from La Araucanía region, Chile, since 2004, inspired by public art, graffiti and murals. They paint dreams and realities, taking art to various public and private spaces, focusing on health, education, culture, and heritage, among others.


This collaboration between these two groups showcases strong storytelling and narration. Accompanied by strong lines, movement, colour, shapes and gestalt, this massive mural has been a staple of Downtown Kitchener since 2014. Tapping into cultural references and imagery, this piece allows for imagination and inspiration to showcase at the forefront.


46 | Halls Lane Nº3

HALLS LANE Nº3 Artist: Bruno Smoky (@brunosmoky) Location: 61 Halls Lane (behind DNA Screen Printing) Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2020

The Artist Bruno, also known as “Smoky”, has dedicated his life to visual art. Since childhood, drawing and creativity was always a part of his daily routine. In 2004 he began painting on walls with spray paint in Brasilandia, a precarious neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he grew up. This piece is a hopeful message of growth and rebirth — a peaceful communion between technology and nature through a respectful balance, represented by the recycling symbol and careful use of colour. Promoting this Region’s existing conservation on technology for good, Smoky hopes to inspire the community to explore Halls Lane in Downtown Kitchener.


Smoky has gained international and professional recognition through his artistic journeys throughout Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Sweden, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, England and Canada. Smoky has worked in various organizations and NGO’s teaching the history of graffiti and its role in society to at-risk youth. He is currently the coordinator for the Essencia Arts Collective, and a founding member of Clandestinos Crew. Recently, Smoky moved to Toronto, Canada, together with his wife and artistic collaborator, Shalak, and continues his art practice.


47 | Halls Lane Nº2

HALLS LANE Nº2 Artist: Clandestinos Art (@clandestinosart) Location: Halls Lane (behind Matter of Taste), 19 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2020

Clandestinos Art (Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky) explores the presence of nature and urban art context. This immersive mural aims to inspire those that encounter it, and bring forward discussions around the significance and power of the natural world, within an ever-changing built environment. This work is a reminder of the cycles, resilience and sacred power of nature. This mural project extends across the lane in a wonderfully different direction, while maintaining a singular verve of the artistic talent collectively called ‘Clandestinos’.


48 | Halls Lane Nº1

HALLS LANE Nº1 Artist: Shalak Attack (@shalakattack) Location: Halls Lane (behind Matter of Taste), 119 King Street West Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint Year: 2020

Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist dedicated to painting, muralism, spray paint urban art and canvas art. For over a decade, Attack has manifested her artistic expression on walls across the planet. Attack’s practice fuses the spirit of South American muralism with contemporary street art. Her distinctive multi-layered and signature use of colour are emblematic of her unique style that inhabits the realm of psychedelic magical realism.


49 | We are the Same Beings

WE ARE THE SAME BEINGS Artist: Brubey Hu (@brubeyhu), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl Year: 2020

Brubey Hu’s work explores architectural space, colour theory, memory and translation through the lens of duality both visually and conceptually. “A duality that exists within a body, does not necessarily exist as a pair of oppositions.” The pair can also be complementary to each other or live at the same time as coexistence. Being bilingual and living-in-between, translation is a process that she frequently engages with. Through subtractive simplification, her works are her attempt to discuss the notions of consensus and reconciliation. They transcend flat images or physical space and objects, and document introspective moments. Hu is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally born in Xiamen, China, Hu moved to Vancouver in 2011, then to the United States. She has exhibited at Art Mûr in Montreal, Hui Yuan in Hefei, China and at Florida International University in Miami, US.


50 | HOUSE FIRE (Chronic Heartbreak) & ALRIGHT

HOUSE FIRE (CHRONIC HEARTBREAK) & ALRIGHT Artist: Tee Kundu (@lukitstee), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl Year: 2020

Tee Kundu takes from personal and communal anecdotes and finds playfulness in stories of both joy and sorrow. Living under an unsustainable system hurts, and Kundu has found that the only appropriate response to our current ways of living is heartbreak. It is a chronic condition, fuelled by an anxious, over-worked, exhausted population. Kundu feels they are part of this population, as are you. Finding humour in our stories is an act of resistance, and of defiance. It is an act of hope. Heartbreak takes time, and love and patience. We can give each other that. And these stories, they feel they can give to you. Tee Kundu is an interdisciplinary artist and illustrator. They mostly draw things. In addition, they often work in social practice, performance, zines, facilitation and they’re a DIY dabbler. They want to be a storyteller, and they want to be helpful.


51 | Remember To

REMEMBER TO Artist: Racquel Rowe (@kellrowe), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: 157 Halls Lane (behind Bobby O’Brien’s) Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl Year: 2020

Racquel Rowe’s practice explores the realm of gender politics and family structures. She primarily explores the family structures within the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on her own family and the matriarchs within it. Recently she spent a few months in Barbados and was able to reflect on certain practices that connect people through generations. Simple things can often be the hardest to remember, and Rowe seeks to elevate the kind of elementary actions we often take for granted but that can have a big impact on those around us. Rowe is a multidisciplinary artist from the island of Barbados, who currently lives and works in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. She completed her BA at the University of Guelph in 2013, and is currently in the second year of the MFA program at the University of Waterloo. Rowe has shown work in and around the GTA as well as the Caribbean.


52 | Kinship

KINSHIP Artist: Alanah Jewell (@morning.star.designs), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: Halls Lane Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2020

Alanah Astehtsi Otsisohkwa Jewell is a bear clan artist from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She uses digital illustrations, acrylic paintings on wood and canvas and mural work to bring Indigenous art and representation to urban spaces. She is also a community organizer, and hosts Indigenous Art Markets in her home City of Kitchener, Ontario. “Kinship is a reflection of two different, parallel worlds: one where we long to be connected to community, and one where we are fully immersed in community. I have lived in both of these worlds.” “For those in the first world: you aren’t alone. The distance we feel from community is collective, and connects us to one another as a form of distant kinship. For those in the second world, we are connected based on our shared values. I hope Kinship bridges the gap between these worlds, and inspires people to reach out, build meaningful relationships and understand the importance of belonging to community.”


53 | Halls Lane Nº4

HALLS LANE Nº4 Artist: Stephanie Boutari (@stephboutari) Location: Halls Lane (behind AOK Craft Beer + Arcade), 165 King Street West Medium: Spray paint and acrylic latex paint Year: 2020

Stephanie Boutari is known for her large scale architecturally-inspired pieces, accompanied by vibrant colours and a wide range of depth and detail. The design approach behind this artwork was driven by a desire to bring colour into public space, whilst making a subtle reference to digital technology — a nod to both the pixelated graphics of retro arcade games and the tech culture the area is known for. Leaf-like shapes appear to be ‘digitized’ through an abstraction of their form using geometric outlines and stripes: a visual juxtaposition of nature with technology. Similarly, the colour palette contrasts shades of green with more vivid, saturated hues and artificial colours such as magenta, all against a black backdrop — a play on how we often view the world through a digital lens or screen. The mural’s composition is centred on three large windows, working with the wall’s existing symmetry as if to be growing from within the middle window. The design intent here was to visually integrate the windows within the artwork while heightening the overall drama of the piece.


54 | Zhashagi

ZHASHAGI Artist: Luke Swinson (@lukeswinsonart) Location: 60 Charles Street West (Halls Lane side) Medium: Digital illustration Year: 2020

Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ontario. A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Luke’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects. Zhashagi means “Blue Heron” in Anishinaabemowin. Swinson has always felt a strong connection with the Heron throughout his life. Their confidence, independence and beauty have been a great source of inspiration to him. Zhashagi, along with much of his art, represents the relationship he has with his culture. As Swinson creates, he reads and learns about the subject of his art through the lens of Anishinaabe people. Swinson uses bold colours and shapes to make his art easy for others to understand and connect with. Swinson’s goal is that his artwork will develop and be nourished along with his understanding of Anishinaabe tradition and language.


55 | AOK Oniijaaniw (Doe)

AOK ONIIJAANIW (DOE) Artist: August & Luke Swinson (@augustillustrated & @lukeswinsonart) Location: 154 King Street West (Halls Lane) Medium: Exterior acrylic paint Year: 2021

August Swinson grew up on the small Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation reserve. Early memories of life on the reserve have influenced his work as an illustrator. Swinson remembers nostalgic images of chopping and carrying wood and water, canoeing with his Grandfather or scrambling over rock with his siblings on the islands that dot the lakes of the Kawarthas. With a career in graphic design, he now spends time in his studio located in Kitchener. Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ontario. A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Swinson’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects.


A collaboration between August and Luke Swinson. Both artists are heavily inspired by nature and their indigenous heritage. The stylized landscape represents the peaceful countryside of their native land.


56 | Shy Shayesté

SHY SHAYESTÉ Artist: Mélika Hashemi (@melihashemi) Location: 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace Medium: Digital collage Year: 2017

Mélika Hashemi is an Artist-Researcher and Curriculum Developer based in Kitchener, ON. She uses art as a device to find ways to renew intersectionality and learner] empowerment through the curriculum beyond screens and institutional walls. The #FleeingTheFolio series explores displacement as experienced by the many individuals who struggle to define or situate their identities when seeking or building community — it is to be stuck in a limbo of ‘longing to belong’. Collage — a technique familiar to most — is used here as an accessible approach to visually convey this complex experience.


57 | In the Keep of Change

IN THE KEEP OF CHANGE Artist: Vincent Marcone | My Pet Skeleton (@theartofmyoetskeleton) Location: 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace Medium: Digital illustration on vinyl Year: 2020

44 Gaukel Creative Workspace has had many functions, many faces and stood through many seasons. Students, entrepreneurs, scientists and artists have all used this space, and the constant that binds their experiences here is a spirit of creation. Three animals, native to the area, were chosen to symbolize the successful ingredients that live within 44 Gaukel. Each animal flourishes, ages, dies and is born again to illustrate the function of this transformative space. RAVEN = intelligence | adaptation | creation FOX = playfulness | agility | cunning RABBIT = abundance | prosperity | energy My Pet Skeleton is the pseudonym of graphic artist Vincent Marcone. He developed a unique style by mixing his affections for the 600-year-old art of intaglio printmaking and computer graphics. He has painted album covers, designed intricate online worlds and directed weirdo music videos that have won awards — from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos, and even a Cannes Film Festival nomination for his short film, “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”


58 | City of Owayseug

CITY OWAYSEUG Artist: Luke Swinson (@lukeswinsonart) Photographer: Taylor Jones (@someone) Location: Gaukel Street (between Joseph and Charles Street) Medium: Mixed media mural Year: 2020

Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ontario. A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Luke’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects. City Owayseug which means “city animals” in Anishinaabemowin is a reminder, in the heart of the city, of the relationship and responsibility we have to nature. Using the street as a canvas, Swinson’s art contributes to an evolving transition of Gaukel Street into a pedestrian-first street and public space.


59 | Rainbow Walkway

RAINBOW WALKWAY Location: Crosswalk at Gaukel and Joseph Street Medium: Thermoplastic road paint Year: 2018

Created during PRIDE 2018, outside of Victoria Park entrance, this walkway celebrates the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. It showcases the vibrant colours of the rainbow in bold thick lines and has become a signifier for everyone in the Downtown community.


60 | The Luggage Project

THE LUGGAGE PROJECT Artist: Ernest Daetwyler Location: Victoria Park (Gaukel Street entrance) Medium: Indiana limestone, bronze Year: 2008

Eight carved sculptures modelled after historic luggage pieces (to scale) are placed beside paths and in fountains. Daetwyler used luggage to symbolize the perspective of travellers and immigrants representing different periods in our past. The handles and labels of the luggage are cast in bronze. Each label references personal statements of Kitchener residents from different cultural backgrounds.


61 | Recognize Everyone

RECOGNIZE EVERYONE Artist: Lucy Pullen (@projectsandobjects), CAFKA (@cafkabiennial) Location: North Parking lot (Charles Street entrance), 27 Gaukel Street Medium: Mixed media on metal staircase Year: 2018

Born in Montreal, Canada, Lucy Pullen is an artist based in New York. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions across Canada and the United States. In collaboration with Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFK+A) a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Pullen produced a polychromatic star-burst mural that covers the elevator shaft and the wrap-around fire escape on 27 Gaukel Street in Kitchener. The work is effectively a walk-in mural, that envelopes the visitor on all sides. The thematic title of the mural and of CAFKA.18, RECOGNIZE EVERYONE began as a game between friends. While on a trip together, they challenged themselves to find the familiar in the strange. There are no rules other than to recognize an acquaintance in the face or demeanour of a stranger. The point is the reimagining of public life. Cited from cafka.org


62 | The Tile Project

THE TILE PROJECT Artist: Carol Bradley Location: The Working Centre (Charles Street), 58 Queen Street South Medium: Terracotta tiles Year: 1996

The Tile Project is a community-based art venture facilitated in 1996 by Carol Bradley. As part of the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence program, it proposes a tool to make our journey an opportunity to learn from each other and create a dialogue among its participants and audience. Each participant was given some clay which they rolled into a square tile and then wrote, painted or sculpted anything they wished onto its surface. The individual tiles were then placed side-by-side to create a collective, quilt-like mosaic. The process began and ended over the course of several weekends in the fall of that year, and saw over 260 pairs of busy hands working together to create delicately shaped pieces of their identity on a terracotta tile. The Tile Project displays community art as a way of seeing, documenting and engaging in critical reflection to stimulate relationships among participants and viewers.


63 | The Value of One the Power of Many

THE VALUE OF ONE THE POWER OF MANY Artist: Marilyn Koop Location: Queen and Charles Street, 84 Queen Street South Medium: Mixed media mural on plywood

This simple, yet powerful piece showcases multiple stories within one frame. Marilyn Koop captured a simplistic style to convey strong emotion through relatability, togetherness and the importance of sharing. Peaking into four windows, the viewer gets a glimpse of “the power of many”, paired with a colour palette that is warm and inviting. The viewer can’t help but be influenced by this mural to lean on each other.


64 | Pedestrian

PEDESTRIAN Artist: Ted Fullerton Location: Municipal Parking Garage at Benton and Charles Street Medium: Bronze and composite Year: 2010

Composite medium (series of six figures) responding directly to the goal of promoting pedestrian first values. This site-specific commissioned sculpture installation refers to the City of Kitchener’s goal of promoting pedestrian-first values and “the purpose of place”. The sculpture is in association with the intent of the Diamond Schmitt Architects’ design of a multi-level parking facility. Its symbolic reference is to inspire optimism, aspiration, limitless possibilities and the importance of the independent individual purpose towards the future. It is a work that has been referenced as being “existential”, which refers to the intricacies of human existence.


65 | Ectospore

ECTOSPORE Artist: Maria Simmons (@littlemadderroot) Location: 28 Benton Street Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Maria Simmons is an interdisciplinary artist who explores ideas of interspecies connectivity, contamination and cohabitation through sculpture, new media, installation and bio-art. Simmons positions her work at the edge of the comfort spectrum, asking the viewer to consider their existence through a post-humanist lens. She challenges the notions of humanity as separate from nature and the concepts of dependency. She has shown across southern Ontario and NYC. Simmons holds a BFA from McMaster University and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo. The Ectospore series explores subterranean mystery and interconnectivity through polaroid photographs of mushrooms Simmons grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. The images are incredibly soft and mysterious, allowing for the mushrooms to seep with a spore-like boundarylessness. The mushrooms are lit with the grow lights used in their cultivation. The hi-res scans reveal the contamination of the artist’s body when working with the mushrooms, showing small scratches, fibres from her clothing and actual spores from the mushrooms themselves. Together, these form hybrid images.


66 | Blueberry Pine

BLUEBERRY PINE Artist: Bruce Herchenrader (www.bruceherchenrader.com) Location: 19 King Street East (Halls Lane) Medium: Painting in oils, watercolours and print making using serigraphy Year: 2022

Bruce Herchenrader was born in Kitchener in 1949 and started painting in 1973. He works in oil, watercolour and print making using serigraphy as his medium. Herchenrader’s high-realism landscape works hang in numerous corporate and public collections.


This 44 x 52 inch portrait of a solitary pine is so wonderfully shaped by its years of bargaining out an existence with the granite, the sun and the seasons. There is a winter gale howling across the white frozen lake buffeting it. Then the spring’s gushing deluges of moisture push new growth, only to be stilled by June. July’s summer miserly droughts its growth again — stilted, twisting it’s limbs, forming what has, for the artist, become a sculpted beauty.


67 | Tranquility // Refreshed // Red Berries // Yellow Berries // Daisy, Daisy

TRANQUILITY Artist: Jessi McConnell (@jessthesnapper, @jessiikate) Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Medium: Photography Year: 2018

In 2007, at the age of 16 years old, Jessi McConnell began a photographic journey with an affordable point-and-shoot camera. McConnell has continued to capture the visuals of everything around her. While her main focus is capturing sentimental moments for clients, her passion project is focused on landscape photography, and capturing the details and unique textures of nature. “My collection of photographs are a visual representation of how I view ‘the little things’. Despite seeming small or unimportant, it’s the little things that ultimately drive our day-to-day emotions. These images show the details of nature in an upclose and personal form that may not be seen if not captured.”


REFRESHED // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2019

RED BERRIES // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020

YELLOW BERRIES // Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020

DAISY, DAISY Location: Darlise Cafe, 33 Queen Street South Year: 2020


68 | Love is Everywhere

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE Artist: Sarah Shin (@my.perspective.photo) Location: 3 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Sarah Shin is a photographer who focuses on capturing the mood of a scene. Whether it be in nature or an urban landscape, she invites us to pause and find beauty in the small and often overlooked details. “Walking down a trail in a wooded area, this vine was hanging at eye level. Most people paid it no mind, either walking around it or brushing it aside. Those who took a moment to stop would see that the end had curled into a heart shape. Open your eyes — love is everywhere.”


69 | Blood in the Water (Six Miles Deep)

BLOOD IN THE WATER (SIX MILES DEEP) Artist: Nancy Forde (@nancyfordephoto) Location: Queen Shawarma & Kabab, 93 Ontario Street South Medium: Documentary photography Year: 2020 “My work examines the human relationship with the environment. I’m interested in the health and rights of women, BIPOC and LGBTQ2S people affected by targeted oppression and the systemic failure to safeguard them. A member of Women Photograph since 2017, my project Womb led to a nomination for the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines campaign in 2018. I’m currently pursuing my MA in photojournalism and documentary photography. I live on Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral Peoples’ territory with my son and our dog.” “Six Miles Deep refers to language in the Haldimand Proclamation. As the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, I began the project to examine my responsibilities as a white settler living on stolen lands. Today, the Six Nations of The Grand River retain about five per cent of lands promised them via the proclamation. I hope to raise settler awareness that we must meet Calls to Action outlined in Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC)’s 2015 Final Report. How do we sincerely acknowledge and honour The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)? How might we embody a present where we do the hard work required towards true reconciliation and envision a future where land is part of that? Because it must be.”


70 | In The Clouds

IN THE CLOUDS Artist: Brie Pointer (@briepointer) Location: Ellison’s Bistro, 14 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Brie Pointer is a multidisciplinary artist. As an art director, brand designer and illustrator by trade, her work can be refined and experimental in both digital and traditional mediums. This colour series was created initially as social photography for Wayward Farm, a small-scale market farm run by Brie Pointer and her partner in Baden. The bold, bright and fun colours accentuate the true beauty of freshly-picked, raw vegetables. Don’t forget to eat your veggies! “Initially, the series was going to be called, Eat The Rainbow, but we didn’t want to be sued by Skittles (even though this rainbow is way more delicious!)”


71 | Isolation // Connection

ISOLATION // CONNECTION Artist: Ryan Antooa (@ryanantooa) Location: 16 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Ryan Antooa is a Kitchener writer, designer and photographer, whose photography work is characterized as black and white with sharp lines and experimentation with reflections. “Isolation is a mind oscillating in isolation truly alone? We are all unified in feelings of loneliness — especially during a pandemic — and this photo, to me, sums up so many of the emotions we feel during this time.” “Connection is a reflection on how we relate and communicate during a pandemic — whether that be through FaceTime, through distanced walks, or simply sharing a moment at the Kitchener Market with a friend.”


72 | DTK Photo Walk

DTK PHOTO WALK Artist: Margaret Gissing (@me_margo_g) Location: DNA Screen Printing, 18 Charles Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2020 Margaret Gissing (she/her, settler) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist residing in Waterloo Region. Gissing is drawn to creatively exploring connections between spiritual and scientific ways of thinking, with interests in modern and historical myths and creative storytelling. Utilizing traditional, digital and photography mediums, she loves nothing more than bringing imagination to life in deep and meaningful ways. Gissing has been a local professional photographer for over ten years. “As a young photographer, I had always wondered what it would be like to see this city through a stranger’s eyes. Years later, in 2020, that opportunity came when local photographer, Taylor Jones created “DTK Photo Club” to host photo walks. These welcoming gatherings built community while engaging with the DTK landscape to capture the images that define it. Using a double exposure technique on Photo Walk #002, I captured this photo to channel the feeling of fresh eyes on an old city, and to celebrate the new generations of photographers who will help tell the stories of DTK.” Special thanks to Melissa Hughes


73 | Individuality

INDIVIDUALITY Artist: Jessi McConnell (@jessthesnapper, @jessiikate) Location: Clique Organic Salons, 417 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2019

In 2007, at the age of 16 years old, Jessi McConnell began a photographic journey with an affordable point-and-shoot camera. McConnell has continued to capture the visuals of everything around her. While her main focus is capturing sentimental moments for clients, her passion project is focused on landscape photography, and capturing the details and unique textures of nature. “My collection of photographs are a visual representation of how I view ‘the little things’. Despite seeming small or unimportant, it’s the little things that ultimately drive our day-to-day emotions. These images show the details of nature in an upclose and personal form that may not be seen if not captured.”


74 | Focus

FOCUS Artist: Nick Stanley (@light_hugger) Location: KW Health Connection, 417 King Street West B2 Medium: Digital photography Year: 2020

Nick Stanley works in the architectural field professionally as a technologist and architectural photographer. Stanley has also been a staff photographer for the Community Edition since 2017. “I really enjoy work with the Community Edition, as it always provides me with opportunities to meet new and interesting people in our city.” This image captures the leading lines of a pedestrian bridge, as seen through a glass ball. The symmetry and shallow depth of field, work together to pull the viewer into the scene and lead them down the path. The greenery also provides an organic contrast to the concrete structure.


75 | Umbrellas Charles Street Terminal

UMBRELLAS CHARLES STREET TERMINAL Artist: Mark Walton (@mwaltonphoto) Location: KW Bookstore, 308 King Street West Medium: Analog photography Year: 2019

Waterloo photographer Mark Walton is the editor of foto:RE|VIEW Magazine, and the founder of the foto:RE, a collective of photographers. He was a director and curator of FLASH: Contemporary Photography Here, an award-winning exhibit and festival of photography held in Waterloo Region 2015-2017. He has written for foto:RE|VIEW Magazine and PhotoED Magazine. His latest project, The COVERT Collective, is a gathering of curators from across the country showcasing the work of fine artists of many disciplines. “My love for art is organic. Grassroots. Bottom-up. No academic distortion or influence. Art is not ALL about technique or process or history... it’s about emotion. Sometimes it’s about ripping open your heart and bleeding.” “And sometimes it’s just about becoming lost in the beauty of the moment. It’s ALWAYS about sharing what comes.”


76 | Toward the Light

TOWARD THE LIGHT Artist: Raheleh Mohammadi (@rahelehphoto_art) Location: Bello Mio Resto-Lounge, 271 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2017

Raheleh Mohammadi is passionate about photography and painting. She moved to Canada from Iran eight years ago. Inspired by the beauty of the wild and changing nature here in Ontario, she began to photograph landscapes and nature, and many other subjects that caught her artistic eye. She also recently started a family photography business. “I feel lucky to live in a place where I have found many unique and dynamic landscapes, especially in the fall. This image was captured at midday on a crisp November day. I was walking around the Grand River with my camera in hand, leaves were falling everywhere, and I suddenly noticed the beauty of a collection of leaves on some nearby stairs. As I moved toward them, I looked up and saw the swinging light through and between the fall trees! I was able to capture that incredible moment.”


77 | Dancer & His Reflection in a Puddle

DANCER & HIS REFLECTION IN A PUDDLE Artist: Flavia Fontana Giusti (@flaviafontanagiusti) Location: Matter of Taste, 115 King Street West Medium: Photography Year: 2016 Flavia Fontana Giusti shot her first photographs on polaroid and disposable cameras, and painted with oil, from a young age, growing up between France and Italy. Her solo travel around the world inspired her short stories and hundreds of photographs, one of which won third prize in the Istanbul Photo Awards — a yearly competition juried by renowned international photographers. After relocating to Canada in 2017, motherhood and the pandemic re-kindled her love for oil painting and film photography — learning to develop it, sometimes in experimental ways. Through portraits of her family outdoors, the medium has been a way to escape the dullness of confinement. There’s beauty hiding in the few blocks she walks with her children every day in midtown Kitchener. “This series was taken when I was living in Paris, in 2016, of a dancer practicing his moves at the Palais de Tokyo. There was something about the way he moved, the way the golden light bounced off his skin and reflected on the marble all around him, that I found visually very striking. I was able to capture that sense of freedom, strength and joy the dancer seemed to feel, untethered by the indoor studio, moving outdoors.”


78 | Mindsounds

MINDSOUNDS Artist: Lori Crewe (@loricrewe) Location: Apollo Cinema (indoors), 141 Ontario Street North Medium: Digital photography Year: 2014

Lori Crewe describes herself as a visual storyteller and unabashed daydreamer. Suspense, melancholia, stripes and crows fascinate her, and the work of Alex Colville, Edgar Allan Poe and Amedeo Modigliani inspire her. Crewe is an awardwinning photographer living and working in the Waterloo Region. Over the past several years, she has dedicated most of her spare time scouring flea markets and garage sales for photo props, sketching new ideas and creating digital photographs. For her efforts, her photographs have received international recognition through various publications and awards. Mindsounds is a photography series inspired by individuals living with mental illness. As most of us either live with or know a family member, friend or co-worker who lives with a mental illness, it is a subject that is very relevant and important to everyone. For inspiration and direction, individuals living with mental illness have been asked to provide a word or metaphorical phrase that describes how they feel about living with their condition. It is with the hope that Mindsounds will create awareness, and perhaps give viewers the opportunity to experience, feel and understand this often misunderstood and taboo subject.


79 | Huron Park Aerial

HURON PARK AERIAL Artist: David Casco (@david.s.casco) Location: The Crazy Canuck Kitchener, 141 Ontario Street North Medium: Photography Year: 2019

“I’m a local photographer born and raised in Kitchener, and I started taking photos in 2017. My style leans toward street photography. I love shooting in inclement weather, although most people prefer not to be outside in extreme weather, and whether it’s snowing or raining, there’s a good chance I’m outside taking photos. ‘The worse the weather, the better the photo’ is a quote I like to go by. I love capturing unique perspectives and moments around Kitchener-Waterloo that most people have never seen — that includes photos from the ground, as well as the occasional aerial shot that I’ve taken with my drone.” “It was one of those rare snowy days where the temperature was perfect, not too cold, and the snowfall from the night before was sticking to all of the trees. So I knew the second I woke up and looked outside, that I had to go straight to Huron Natural Area with my drone to get this perspective of the trees all perfectly covered in snow. This photo is over two years old and still one of my favourite photographs I have taken.”


80 | Serene

SERENE Artist: Sarah Shin (@my.perspective.photo) Location: Mark’s Caribbean Kitchen, 20 King Street East Medium: Photography Year: 2020

Sarah Shin is a photographer who focuses on capturing the mood of a scene. Whether it be in nature or an urban landscape, she invites us to pause and find beauty in the small and often overlooked details. This capture is one flower in a large pond of water lilies. While the entire pond is captivating, the true beauty resides in each flower. There is a serene elegance in each lily as they float peacefully on the still surface of the water.


81 | Queuing To Wait

QUEUING TO WAIT Artist: Sherry Czekus (@sherryczekus) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Oil on canvas Year: 2019

Sherry Czekus is a Canadian painter based in Waterloo, ON. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Western University and a Bachelor of Arts with Studio Specialization from the University of Waterloo. The public domain, specifically the city, is a site of observation of urban crowd culture and its participants, that Czekus explores through painting. “Making my paintings begins with becoming one of the crowd as part of the everyday experience. On busy city sidewalks, with my camera, I make my source images of the urban crowd and its figurative gestures, intersections and spaces in between its members. Since the emergence of Flâneurism and urban culture in 19th century Europe, the online social frontier has recently developed and has changed our visual perception of the physical crowd experience. Painting as a conceptual medium simultaneously expands and collapses these moments I capture as an enriched site of knowledge about us as a collective. Straddling the boundaries of representation and abstraction, I allow the photographic language to give way to the language of painting on my canvasses.”


82 | Convergence Screen Test 1

CONVERGENCE SCREEN TEST 1 Artist: Lauren Prousky (@laurenprousky) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital drawing Year: 2021

Lauren Prousky is a Kitchener-based multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator. Prousky’s work spans a variety of topics and generally consists of a fluctuating rotation of three to five projects. These currently include the aesthetics and linguistics of cultural Judaism, sudoku puzzles as a type of generative art, cleanliness as something subjective and political and spontaneous performances in intimate settings. She also likes cuttlefish, linguistics and art you can touch. Prousky’s work broadly explores interconnected narratives through the language of collections and repetition. Prousky is interested in the power of multitudes and accumulation — specifically, how stuff deemed “extra” moves, seeps, trickles, multiplies, organizes, rebels, conforms, shrinks or expands within an established environment.


83 | Inner Reflection

INNER REFLECTION Artist: Miranda Herdman Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Procreate on iPad Year: 2021

Miranda Herdman has been doing art for as long as she can remember. Herdman has been drawn (pun intended?) to the arts since she was a child, usually working within Fine Arts in mainly pencil and realism. In high school, Herdman was introduced to computers and graphic design and was hooked. A few years ago she discovered that work could be created on an iPad and Herdman has been experimenting ever since! This digital art piece is a glimpse at the basic emotions people see in the mirror when they look at themselves. Emotions are complex and ever-shifting, especially when you’re viewing yourself. Mirrors reflect back what everyone sees played across your face on a daily basis. Do you find yourself staring in the mirror at night and seeing these emotions?


84 | Healthy Habit

HEALTHY HABIT Artist: Brie Pointer (@briepointer) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital illustration Year: 2021

Brie Pointer is a multidisciplinary artist. As an art director, brand designer and illustrator by trade, her work can be refined and experimental in both digital and traditional mediums. “Healthy Habit are mirrored from one another. Our community helps to inspire, share, and encourage good food. Food is our future. Let’s eat well to live well.”


85 | Thread

THREAD Artist: LOF Photography (@lofphotography) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Photography Year: 2021 10 years ago, Lawrence O. Fajardo picked up a DSLR camera for his first solo trip, and returned home with a new vision. Fascinated by the medium’s simple yet strong emotion, his self-taught focus became his subjects’ expressions and inner passions. Not wanting to tread the same waters as other photographers, O. Fajardo challenged himself to use this new medium to catch the same expressions of his subjects while integrating design concepts with his unique perspective on human nature. O. Fajardo finds life through photography in even the most mundane — in the excitement of a single moment, and in the flavours of the world around him. “What do we miss when we traverse from point A to point B every day in the city? My photographs are my way of capturing the often underappreciated simplicity of our urban environments. As our lives get busier and more complicated, mostly because of technology, I have gone ambling around the city with no destination during the nocturnal hour when there is a sense of quiet and peace, to capture a moment in time. I look for low-angle shots to give me a different perspective of lines, lights and shadows during one of the quietest hours of the day, looking to turn it into a visual indulgence. I feel compelled to slow down, observe, step back and become attuned to what we usually miss in our daily lives.”


86 | Quail and Dumplings

QUAIL AND DUMPLINGS Artist: Kat Hernden (@kathernden) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Acrylic and embroidery thread on canvas Year: 2020

Kat Hernden is a self-taught artist who studied Semiotics, Media Analysis, Communications, English and Education at the University of Toronto. Hernden is also a member of Art$Pay and Button Factory Arts. She currently lives, mothers, teaches and creates out of Globe Studios, in Downtown Kitchener. The self-taught Kitchener-based artist Kat Hernden creates geometric works of art using acrylics and embroidery thread on canvas. Her work is inspired by the patterns found in nature, in architecture and on bathroom floors. Hernden uses masking techniques when applying the paint to the canvas and this allows her to achieve those complex geometric shapes and radial patterns. Most of the linework is then embroidered. Using long stitches, Hernden creates perfectly straight lines that coalesce and diverge throughout the composition. Variations in value are created by the proximity of the threads. The application of traditional craft processes to the canvas (a spot usually reserved for painting) challenges the conventional notions of what qualifies as art and what qualifies as craft. It also adds a human, feminine touch to what otherwise could be perceived as sterile or digital.


87 | In This Place

IN THIS PLACE Artist: Lucy Bilson (@LucyBilsonDesign) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Typographic poster Year: 2021

Lucy Bilson is a designer, researcher and educator working at the periphery of contemporary graphic design practice. In addition to operating Lucy Bilson Design, Bilson’s creative practice explores the interdisciplinary space between design and art, often using her work to contest the boundaries of contemporary practice. What does it mean to be in Canada, in this place, on this land? This installation explores the multiplicity of experiences and perspectives, which speak to what it means to be here, as the nation continues to reflect on the complex issue of its collective identity. How are our views of this place shaped by our journeys through this place? What ideas and hopes do we have for our community and identity as we look to the future? Responses were collected from the community about what it means to be here — some celebratory, some critical and some reflective. Each poster represents a single thought from one of the community responses. Together, they form a visual collection that reflects the diversity of views our community holds. There are moments of stark contrast as well as emergent themes, all reflecting the complex and ever-changing nature of what this place means to the people who inhabit it.


88 | LOVE

LOVE Artist: Robin Lindner Design (@rlindner.design) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital Year: 2021

Robin Lindner is a designer who gains inspiration from the environments around her. Nature plays a huge role in Lindner’s creative process, along with her curiosity and love for unique experiences. This was created for anyone who needs this right now: Sending love <3


89 | A Home Within a Home

A HOME WITHIN A HOME Artist: Lupita Guerrero (@lupitague.art) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital illustration Year: 2021

Lupita Guerrero is a multidisciplinary Canadian-Nicaraguan artist and a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Sociology. Her work primarily consists of the handmade, such as traditional painting, drawing and textiles, though she also practices photography and film. Lupita was the recipient of the 2021 Curator’s Choice Award in her graduating class and showcased her work in Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition Ignition9 earlier this year. As a daughter of immigrants, Guerrero’s work is largely inspired by personal narratives and rooted in the diasporic experience that explores language, culture, and family dynamics. Through her art, Guerrero aims to advocate for diversity and elevate political topics faced by minorities today. A Home within a Home is influenced by intimate teaching moments within her household and encounters in Kitchener’s community that have shaped her understanding of “home”, while also acknowledging migrant workers in the agricultural sector. Identity and belonging are complex concepts that are often associated with location but can instead be a space of acceptance, comfort and growth.


90 | Stuck Between

STUCK BETWEEN Artist: Amy Esplen (@amy_esplen) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital - 3D design Year: 2021

Amy Esplen is a multidisciplinary designer inspired by obscurity and using what she has on hand to create, express and explore new perspectives. Over the last two years Esplen has used art and design to express how she feels about the balancing act that is pandemic/lockdown life. Esplen has been using 3D design to visualize feelings of the artist’s own balancing acts, as well as those around her that she admires. Stuck Between: When you are stuck between a hairy situation and a furry one.


91 | Self Discovery

SELF DISCOVERY Artist: Senara Dowrick (@senarasart) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Procreate & illustrator Year: 2021

Senara Dowrick, a 17-year-old artist and designer, who just started her year in the Advanced Diploma Graphic Design Program at Conestoga College. Dowrick has always been passionate about art and enjoys expressing her feelings through creativity. Dowrick’s work is meant to inspire and make people look at the world in a different way. “In my piece Self Discovery, I created a frog discovering herself through the reflection of her own world. I produced this piece with Procreate and Adobe Illustrator using fun, bright colours to brighten up the environment. Throughout the process, I focused on making the frog the main centre of focus so that others might interpret the frog’s self-discovery in their own unique way. I want people to look at my piece and be able to reflect on it personally and be able to relate to or be inspired by it.”


92 | Comparison

COMPARISON Artist: Amy Esplen (@amy_esplen) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital - 3D design Year: 2021

Amy Esplen is a multidisciplinary designer inspired by obscurity and using what she has on hand to create, express and explore new perspectives. Over the last two years Esplen has used art and design to express how she feels about the balancing act that is pandemic/lockdown life. Esplen has been using 3D design to visualize feelings of the artist’s own balancing acts, as well as those around her that she admires. Comparison: Comparing your balancing act to others never made anything easier.


93 | Start Creating

START CREATING Artist: Sara Nieto (@saranietoillustration) Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop Year: 2021

Sara Nieto is an Ecuadorian illustrator, multimedia designer and photographer with a passion for storytelling and illustration, currently living in Kitchener, Ontario. Nieto has a degree in audiovisual production with experience working for advertising companies and as a freelance visual communicator. Nieto’s practice consists of designing unique material for new brands and general audiences. One of Nato’s Goals is to create interactive and meaningful pieces for the community, unifying digital skills with analog techniques. This piece was based on feelings taken from self-growth in a new, but welcoming environment, combining analog methods as the paper textures digital painting. “My work exists between emotions and concepts from each project, combining them in a surreal scene. I find it fascinating to explore different techniques, colours, shapes, and textures — going from ink shadows to papercraft art, trying to communicate different feelings. My artistic approach is mostly socio-cultural through mental health and positive education. Music, photography, and collecting nature treasures are often part of my creative process as well. I enjoy being able to create something for people to express and interpret themselves through it.”


94 | You Could Be Here (A)

YOU COULD BE HERE (A) Artist: Derek Koehler Location: Heit & Hope Lane Medium: Digital image Year: 2021 Derek Koehler is a visual artist based in Kitchener and a mature, part-time Fine Arts student at the University of Waterloo. Much of his work is planned and composed digitally. Koehler works mainly in printmaking, painting, and drawing and is interested in conceptual, process-based approaches to making art. Subjects that interest him include the built environment, industrial and economic systems, history, nostalgia, and various forms of uncertainty.


95 | You Could Be Here (B)

YOU COULD BE HERE (B)

This work, which highlights aspirations, counterfactuals, and historical contingencies as they pertain to the built environment, is based on two site-specific archival images: A. The 1912 Leavitt Plan for Kitchener (then Berlin) and Waterloo. Under this plan, which was never implemented, the area surrounding Heit and Hope Lanes would have been a public park, called Union Station Plaza, fronting a relocated rail station. B. A 1958 photo of the Mitchell Button Factory at 97 Victoria St. N., which was built around 1927 and — after Mitchell Button became Mitchell Plastics and outgrew this location — now houses St. John’s Kitchen.


| FUSE

FUSE Artist: BOKO (@boko) Location: Currently located on Gaukel Street, FUSE is a movable installation and a revolving piece that can be relocated to new locations. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates @DTKitchener. Year: 2021

BOKO is an integrative design team providing services spanning from structural, visual and digital design. This series of installations was a collaboration with the local arts group BOKO and the Region’s three largest BIAs.


FUSE was created to inspire a sense of wonder, intrigue and excitement. FUSE is a collection of interactive light installations that can sense movement and pass communication to other columns, creating a unique experience for the user. When visiting each location, guests can expect to find six columns in various configurations. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. (RTO4).


Thank you for participating in the DTK Art Walk! It is with deep and sincere gratitude that we thank our partners for their ongoing support that allowed us to bring this experience to life in such a short time. We applaud the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, under the direction of Shirley Madill, and the building owners that understood our vision and provided the space for these creative installments. To the talented artists behind these pieces — your dedication and commitment to your craft have brought joy and life to the heart of our Downtown. Thank you for creating lasting memories for this community. We would love to hear from you — find us on social media @dtkitchener and feel free to share your experiences and feedback. With love from,

The Businesses of Downtown Kitchener #DTKArtWalk | @DTKitchener


We acknowledge that Downtown Kitchener is situated on land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet here and re-affirm our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.


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