An Ode To Ego

(WINDSOR, ON) – Council Chambers was temporarily transformed into an art gallery this afternoon, as Mayor Eddie Francis presented awards to the winners of the Positively Windsor Art Challenge. The community-wide competition was conducted earlier this year by the Association of Representational Artists in partnership with the City of Windsor.

“This idea was very, very easy to embrace,” said Mayor Francis. “There’s no better cause to support than being positive about Windsor.”

Forty-four local artists took part in the challenge and created more than eighty positive illustrations of Windsor’s landmarks, history, events, memorable moments and famous figures.

“Thank you for your vision,” said Mayor Francis. “Each piece captures the essence of our community, and each piece tells its own story.”

The top three award winners were Dennis Smith, 1st prize for “Last Game of the Season”; Don Alp, 2nd prize for “Twilight Bridge”; and Colleen Castonguay, 3rd prize for “A Simple View”.

In addition to the awards presentation, artist Trudy Dempsey unveiled a portrait she painted of Mayor Francis and presented it to him as a gift.

To see paintings from the challenge online, or to learn more about the Association of Representational Artists, please visit A number of pieces from the competition will also be on display at Mackenzie Hall, November 19, 20 and 21.

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