In Lunenburg we are lucky to have such an engaged community. Ideas are easily spread through peers and neighbours. People band together and support one another until the idea comes to fruition.
This is sort of what happened with the Lunenburg bouldering wall at the community centre. Robin Scott had the idea of an after school program centred around rock climbing. It took him months to jump through all the necessary hoops but finally construction started at the end of 2014. The first I heard about the bouldering wall was at the dog park. I see the same faces, both dog and owner, quite often and acquaintances become friends quickly. One of my friends mentioned that the bouldering wall needed to be painted and that if I was interested I should contact Robin. So that's just what I did.
It was a great opportunity to engage with the community and to be honest I've never had the chance to paint something so big. As an artist I try to challenge myself in different ways, whether it be in my own practice or in a more community, collaborative environment. As a emerging artist I am not set on a specific environment, I don't know whether I prefer collaborative projects to personal studio projects, whether I enjoy commissions more than self directed works. Fortunately being an artist in resident allows me to explore both the collaborative and independent art expressions.
I had a great time painting the wall and it was even more fun seeing all the people who came down on opening day to try out the wall.