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Welland's Murals:
2. Welland Dairies

About the Mural
Welland Dairies by Mike Svob, Coquitlam, British Columbia. Painted in 1990, at 871 Niagara Street North (M.T. Bellies Restaurant), 48' by 10'. The first of three murals completed in 1990 consists of three aspects of the dairy industry. The left-hand scene shows a Mr. Bekon peddling bulk milk from his horse-drawn wagon between 1910 and 1920. The centre scene captures a school tour of the Elmview milk bottling plant around 1960. The right-hand scene illustrates one of the last horse-drawn milk wagons from the early 1960s.

The Artist's Interpretation
"The site of this mural brings back memories of ice cream and the passing of an era. I'm old enough to remember the last horse-drawn dairy wagons and the horses' flared nostrils blowing foggy breath on cold mornings. My uncle still has a dairy farm in the Welland area, but the old wagons will always represent the dairy in my mind. Painting the form and mass of these workhorses at this scale was a great treat. Mural paint, because its large scale, allows for greater expression of detail, design elements and colour. You can do many paintings within paintings. The fact that is is difficult to visually take in an entire large mural at once allows the artists greater leeway in putting the elements together to create pathways through the mural. On smaller pieces, the limits in size and shape make the planning and execution more constrained."

Your Virtual Guide's Comments
Here, the artist uses the mural medium to its best advantage in his depiction of scenes within scenes, a kind of triptych without the borders. Proceeding left to right in chronological order, we see recognizable faces that add both reality and a firm connection to the community. A swell, we gain a sense of historical perspective. The ghostly representation of industry in the background reminds us of what it is that has historically powered Welland. The industrial base enabled the people of Welland to buy the milk that the horses so faithfully delivered. The happy faces of the children are a manifestation of that connection.

About the Artist: Mike (Charles) Svob, Coquitlam, British Columbia
The contemporary artist creates captivating imagines in watercolour and acrylic. Mike was born and raised in Welland and attended Centennial Secondary School. He sold his first painting at the age of 14. He obtained a general Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario then travelled extensively before settling in British Columbia. He then took up painting full time.

A combination of workshops, classes and self-analysis has taught Mike to weave his visions into a wide range of boldly designed and executed pieces. This work has won him numerous awards and commissions. These awards include first place in the annual Northwest Watercolour Show in Seattle, Washington and first prize at the Federation of Canadian Artist Workshop on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. As a result, his art can be found in dozens of galleries as well as many private collections.

He is proud of being basically self taught "with the help of talented artists" along the way.

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