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Mural commemorates Alexandria’s 200th birthday

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By Nick Seebruch
Mural commemorates Alexandria’s 200th birthday
The mural commemorating Alexandria's 200th anniversary was unveiled on Friday, September 20, 2019. Pictured are some of the artists who contributed to the mural's creation (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

ALEXANDRIA, Ontario – The town of Alexandria in North Glengarry is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. To commemorate the bicentennial, the Township of North Glengarry partnered with the Glengarry Arts Collective to create a mural celebrating the town’s history.

There were 32 artists who contributed to the project. Each artist worked on a different part of the mural and when each was complete, all the pieces were assembled together and mounted on the side of the North Glengarry Township Hall in Alexandria. The mural was mounted on Sept. 19 and unveiled the following day.

One artist explained that it was her passion for her home that lead her to want to contribute to the project.

“I moved to Alexandria six years ago and this town set my life on fire,” said Yvonne Callaway of the Glengarry Arts Collective. “Everything in this mural is a reflection of what Alexandria means to our artists.”

The collective applied for a community improvement grant through the Township of North Glengarry and received $3,300 in funding to help offset the cost of the creation of the mural.

“I’d personally like to thank the Glengarry Arts Collective for all of the work they’ve done in our community,” said North Glengarry Councillor Jeff Manley.

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