Brockville ON – A team of Canadian and American artists has painted an educational mural that will be the backdrop to the home for two otters at the Aquatarium’s signature exhibit.
The mural was a family affair for local artist David Sheridan. His wife, Diane, an art instructor at St. Lawrence College in Brockville and daughter Dana, an arts graduate, painted the mural with him. “It has a storytelling feeling to it,” said Sheridan, adding: “I wanted to make the mural educational for parents coming in with their kids so they could identify the animals on the wall.”Sheridan, a retired Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS) art teacher, has painted murals in Lansdowne and Rockport. Sheridan also created a mural depicting local fish using tiles with over 200 students from the region for display at the Aquatarium.
The wall mural will be the backdrop for the exhibit for a pair of otters at the Aquatarium. The two otters are expected to soon make the exhibit home. The mural features trees and animals found in the river otters’ natural habitat including osprey, beaver, deer and a Bald Eagle. Scott Ouderkirk, an artist from Hammond New York, volunteered to paint the Bald Eagle in the mural. “It was a perfect opportunity to be a guest artist,” said Ouderkirk, a partner with the Aquatarium in RiverQuest, which represents both sides of the border of the Thousand Islands in Ontario and New York. Ouderkirk, a craftsman and stained glass artist and owner of Scott Ouderkirk Studios, is also the author of several books including Island Images and The Wind and the Islands.
“We are very excited to put the finishing touches on the otter habitat in the Aquatarium,” said the Aquatarium’s Executive Director Bill Rogerson. “It is very important to create a natural habitat for our River Otters including both water and land elements so that they thrive. We also have a commitment to learning and want to make sure that the habitat is as authentic as possible for our visitors. The beautiful mural that Dave has created is a visual representation of all the amazing flora and fauna of the 1000 Islands region.”
The Aquatarium is a 25,000-square foot interactive, learning and discovery centre located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River that will focus on building awareness and appreciation for the 1000 Islands region by inspiring curiousity through experiential learning.
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