16. The Mural

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Continue towards the meeting room. On the left, there is a large mural painted by local artist, John Richmond. John Richmond, R.C.A., conceived the idea for the mural commemorating Glenn Gould, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and David Milne. The individuals were Canadians who distinguished themselves in the field of Music, Literature, and Painting and also played a significant role in the history of Uxbridge. The mural also illustrates many familiar scenes and landmarks of Uxbridge.

While he was preparing for the unveiling of the triptych mural, which coincided, with the official opening of the enlarged and renovated Uxbridge Public Library on September 18, 1987, Mr. Richmond hit upon the idea of producing a companion booklet. The booklet displays the mural in total, and under separate panel views, an accompanying text giving brief biographies of the celebrities portrayed on his mural. This booklet was prepared in limited edition for distribution at the official opening of the library.

Several people provided invaluable assistance with information photos and other memorabilia in the preparation of the mural and the booklet; R.H. Gould, Isabel St. John, Allan McGillivray, Harold and Celia LeDrew, Doubleday Canada Limited, National Gallery of Canada, Rosemarie L. Tovell, Carol Gillette, CBC Radio, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., the Sound Shop, Uxbridge Township council and the Uxbridge Public Library Board. None of the above would have taken place without the enthusiasm of Margaret O'Regan and Barbara Murphy who convinced others to agree.

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