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St. Joseph’s celebrates new symbolic painting

Antigonish County artist Adam Tragakis displays a poster version of a new painting he created for the St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Center, with St. Josephs Community Centre board of directors chair Wendy Hayne. The painting depicts scenes from the past, present and potential future of St. Josephs.
Antigonish County artist Adam Tragakis displays a poster version of a new painting he created for the St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Center, with St. Josephs Community Centre board of directors chair Wendy Hayne. The painting depicts scenes from the past, present and potential future of St. Josephs. - Sam Macdonald

A new piece of artwork decorates the St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Centre and, at the same time, celebrates the community in painted allegory, thanks to the efforts of local artist Adam Tragakis.

Tragakis said his painting was inspired by, and focused on a list of key words drafted by the board for the community centre, that list symbolizes and represents St. Joseph’s. Using those key words as guidelines, Tragakis began to ideate over the course of the summer.

The painting was unveiled at the St. Joseph’s Harvest Fest, Sept. 22, and it will soon be installed in the community centre.
“It was a collaboration with words – what people thought about when they thought about St. Joseph’s,” Tragakis said.

Tragakis noted his painting was meant to depict the past, present and future of St. Joseph’s, all at once, through its imagery. With a canoe, old farming scenes, the local church, adults and children – representing past, present and future – Tragakis said the painting is meant to depict the many facets of life that characterize a vivid Antigonish County community.

The meetings for the painting began in early July, and after he tried a few sketches, Tragakis had a solid idea of what he wanted to paint by the end of August. According to Tragakis, it took a couple of weeks to paint in the first two weeks of September.

“We had our fingers and toes crossed that it would be ready to be presented at the Harvest Festival – and it came through,” Wendy Hayne, board chair for the St. Joseph’s Community Centre, said, referring to the painting’s unveiling last month.
“It was a bit of a tight deadline, but we worked together to make it happen.”

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