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Welland's Murals:
23. Working Women

About the Mural
Working Women by Ted Ziegler, St. Catharines, Ontario. Painted in 1989, at East Main Street (Bingo Palace), 64' by 9'. The Plymouth Cordage Company, The Empire Cotton Mill and National Textiles employed a large proportion of the female population of Welland. Ted Ziegler's mural is an interpretation of their contribution to the industrial workforce, a colourful illustration of women spinning and looming in a factory setting.

The Artist's Interpretation
"I was given the specific subject and size ratio for this mural. I chose the composition and colour that I felt would be effective. Outdoor mural painting is, of course, a little more physical than indoor painting. I seemed to have a lot of bees hanging around me!"

Your Virtual Guide's Comments
Again, in this mural, we see a blend of realism and abstraction. The faces of the women exemplify the intensity of the work, but without the upbeat enthusiasm seen in Tugboats. Necessity dictates that these women perform a boring, repetitive task. Thousands of unsung women in Welland have trodden this path. No one smiles; they simply get on with the job. The machinery of the shop is an unintelligible jumble in the background. The reality for these women is not machinery; it is the tedious business of earning a living. There is precious little "fun" about the factory work. This mural is a tribute to those women. 

About the Artist: Theodore (Ted)  Ziegler, St. Catharines, Ontario
Ted studied with three prominent artists in the Niagara Peninsula and received several awards and grants in the early 1980s. He has a long list of one-man exhibitions and groups shows both in the Niagara region and further afield. He concentrates on oil-on-canvas paintings. His work has a very distinctive quality as he emphasizes, "I strive for my paintings to be unforgettable. Also, when creating, I aim to use my ideas, technique, composition and colour to convince the viewer to agree with my taste and that the painting itself is vital and meant to be."

Ted has painted a mural inside the Seaway Mall in Welland and has an outdoor mural in St. Catharines. He has received commissions for book covers and has instructed at the Niagara Artists' Centre. His latest project is a large mural in Niagara Falls. 

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