Mural project sees slight delay

Anyone walking by the Masonic Lodge will notice work hasn’t started yet on the town’s second heritage mural but organizers say everything is still on track.
“Hopefully, he’ll be here Friday,” Crystal Godbout, a member of the town’s beautification committee, said yesterday, referring to mural artist John Hood.
“He’s working on another mural where he’s from [Toronto] and it’s taken a a little longer than expected,” she added. “He’ll get started as soon as he comes.”
Mural committee chair June Cunningham confirmed last week that Hood will be painting a scene depicting turn-of-the-century Front Street–before the paper mill was built.
Hood is contracted to work here for six weeks so the mural should be completed by mid-September.
He was trained at Concordia University in Montreal, where his interest in doing large-scale drawings on paper based on historical photographs led him naturally to murals as a chosen form of expression.
Hood has 14 large-scale public mural commissions to his credit, including several in Kenora, as well as numerous private and corporate commissions, both for murals and small works.
He also has experience in book illustration, editorial drawing, scenic painting, and art teaching.
While the committee had an initial deadline of June 28 to get the mural started, the committee had been waiting for word on FedNor funding.
This latest mural is made possible through investments by several parties, including the BIA, Rainy River Future Development Corp., and the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.
The first mural, commemorating lumber baron E.W. Backus and completed in 1999, is on the west wall of the CIBC.