2017 The “Buckyball” – Textile Mills of the Mississippi River Valley
The textile industry played a significant role in the founding and development of our area. Almonte became the capital of the woolen industry in Canada and was known as “Little Manchester”. As a commemorative Canada’s 150th project, our art group is making a buckyball that portrays the textile mills in the Mississippi River Valley in Lanark County. A “buckyball” is like a soccer ball; 32 pieces that form a sphere. Each artist has chosen a mill and is representing that mill in their own medium and style on a piece of the buckyball. Our buckyball will measure 5 ft in diameter when assembled.
We will be unveiling our buckyball during the show opening festivities on Friday evening 12 May. We will have a book of all the information and pictures we have collected about the mills for people to enjoy as well as a large map indicating the location of all of the mills.
2016 Almonte Farmers’ Market Mural
The mural depicted the Almonte Farmers Market circa 1910 and was mounted in Market Square, the location of the old Almonte Farmers Market. The mural has degraded over time and so for the 2016 AITA collaborative project, the current AAAA member recreated the mural. The project was generously sponsored by Mr Reg Gamble and family and the mural was unveiled at AITA. It has been mounted in Market Square for all to enjoy.
2015 Mill Street Streetscape
For the 25th anniversary of Art In The Attic, the members of AAAA produced a streetscape of Mill St in Almonte as it would have appeared in 1991, the year of the first Art In The Attic. There were eighteen panels that each artist painted in their own style and when assembled, the streetscape measured 26 feet long. It was unveiled at Art In The Attic. The streetscape was on display in Oct in Fairview Manor Gallery and has now been donated to Almonte General Hospital for display along one of the hallways.
Mississippi Mills Street Banners
In 2013, several members of AAAA noticed that the street banners in Mississippi Mills could be improved. They felt that the commercially produced banners in use did not adequately reflect the rich textile heritage of the town. As a result, members of AAAA designed three banners that were later sewn by local textile artists/quilters/sewers with materials provided by the municipality. With three different wards, a single banner pattern was not suitable for capturing the uniqueness of each ward. However, there needed to be common element in each pattern to unify the look of Mississippi Mills. The results are shown below and during the summer months you can see these banners on display throughout Mississippi Mills. If you can get a room full of artists to agree , you know that the designs are good !