Emery Village Farms Mural
Belmont Meats at 230 Signet Drive is currently situated on land that used to belong Abraham Hooverand his wife, Elizabeth Crosson, well known dairy farmers in the area. Abraham and his only son, Arthur, would often show the best of their breed at the Canadian National Exhibition. In 1906 the Hoovers won first place at a milking contest for their prize cow "Emery Beauty 508." The area was also surrounded by apple orchards and corn fields.
In order to depict the history of this land, the artist employed forms of renaissance art and the Baroque styles of painting, which use exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, grandeur, and decadence that emphasizes movement, colour, and sensuality. The atmosphere will be darkening the figures in shadows and transfixing the subject.
The climax of the narrative shows various displays of tension between the characters, creating the moment of greatest dramatic impact. Seven narratives played within the image: Belonging, Respect, Forgiveness, Generosity, Curiosity, Communication, and Traditions.
Thank you to the artist, Paul Leli, for your wonderful and lasting contribution to Emery Village, and thank you Belmont Meats for working with the Emery Village BIA in creating a space to display the work of art.