Community canvas adds colour to Maison Baldwin House

Alycia Douglass

Published on May 11, 2017

CORNWALL, Ontario - The ladies of OBO Studios were out in full swing at Pommier Square as they recruited volunteers to help them complete their floral canvas in support of Maison Baldwin House. 

Ryder Raganold, 8 months old, was the youngest painter of the day, and left his mark on the community canvas for Maison Baldwin House. (Tracy Lynn Chisholm)

Part of the Downtown BIA’s #momstheword initiative, OBO’s Emily Fourney MacLeod and Tracy Lynn Chisholm say that the idea to involve the city in a collaborative piece just made sense.

“When we first started thinking about how we were going to raise funds, we thought about how we’re more service-based at the studio, with a focus on teaching and coming together to create art,” said Chisholm. “The canvas came to us as the perfect idea.”

Fourney MacLeod says that the first group to leave their mark this morning was a gaggle of Grade 1 students from St. Columban’s, eager to add a splash of paint to the canvas.

The canvas itself, was generously donated by the law firm of McDonald Duncan, but was brought to life by OBO Studios and community friends. Once completed, the canvas will be displayed in the communal living area of Maison Baldwin House.

“It’s a reminder to the women who are there that the community cares,” said Fourney MacLeod. “We’re growing the garden.”

Chisholm says she’s amazed at the support they’ve received from the community, which was visibly translated onto the studio’s canvas.

“People come in and leave a nice little donation, and they get to add colour to this beautiful garden we’ve created,” said Chisholm. “For it to be housed at the Baldwin House just brings so much more life and love into the space.”