Brightwater unveils giant #PortalsPC immersive art installation

The Port Credit West Village Partners (PCWVP) — the consortium including Kilmer Group, Dream Unlimited, DiamondCorp and FRAM+Slokker — unveiled the immersive Port Credit Portals art installation at JC Saddington Park.

Five glowing portals have descended upon Port Credit’s waterfront. Each portal has been designed and painted by a local artist. Photo credit: Arthur Mola

On display for three weeks, the installation is comprised of five, 10-ft tall colourful Portals, creating a glowing, immersive art experience along Port Credit’s waterfront. Five Mississauga-based winning artists were selected by a jury featuring local community members following a design competition seeking new portal designs that explored the unique lifestyle offered by the village of Port Credit. 

“As community builders, we recognize that many different aspects come together to make a neighbourhood special,” says Christina Giannone, Vice President of Planning and Development, PCWVP. “It’s not about just the brick and mortar of homes, offices, and retail. These are the base, but the heart of the community is the people and the connections they make. We’re thrilled to unveil the #PortalsPC art installation today and thank all the artists who submitted to be considered, as well as our partners the Mississauga Arts Council and Arts on the Credit. We encourage the local community to come and visit the installation and enjoy interacting with the Portals alongside the waterfront.”

The 2022 #PortalsPC winning artists are:

Khaula Siddique, a self-taught professional artist and a first generation Canadian raised by South Asian immigrant parents. She is a true believer in the therapeutic benefits of the arts and the importance of preserving and telling people’s stories with a love for community-centric arts. Her blue and purple-toned portal uses contrasting colours of orange, pink, and yellow features depicting highlights of Port Credit’s immense natural beauty, flora and fauna.

Jennifer Hall, a full-time abstract artist who has built a special focus around acrylic and sketching. Jennifer’s multi-faceted portal blends the natural beauty of Port Credit along with the bustling and vibrant energy of the event scene and nightlife of the community while paying homage to the different elements and the iconic lighthouse perched atop a rainbow.

Ashley Beerdat, a visual artist, art teacher, and community arts facilitator. She primarily uses oil paint to explore themes of mythology, folklore, and storytelling which are intrinsic to her culture as a Guyanese Canadian. Her colourful portal explores the interaction of the water and air elements, highlights the community’s biodiversity, and imagines a bold future with flying spaceships in vibrant jewel tones.

Joanne Feely de Graaf, an experienced visual arts teacher who holds a BFA in visual arts with an honours designation. In her work, she focuses on acrylics, exterior latex, and digital imaging. She draws an abundance of her inspiration from nature. Her vibrant, red, orange and yellow-toned portal with pops of blue celebrates the buzz of the cicadas in the summertime.

Amanda Shotton, a self-taught fine artist who was born in England and now lives in Port Credit. As an artist, she tries to capture the beauty in any moment to make it relatable to her audience. Her rainbow coloured portal pays homage to the waterfront, the aquatic life, the birds, and the uniquely Port Credit/Canadian elements of the village.

(From L-R) Portals by local artists: Khaula Siddique, Ashley Beerdat, Joanne Feely de Graaf, Amanda Shotton, and Jennifer Hall. Photo credit: Arthur Mola

“Mississauga has a rich and vibrant local arts scene, and many of our artists are renowned throughout the province and country for their work. I am delighted that our local artists have an opportunity to showcase their world-class talents right here at home,” says Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is yet another example of how we are building more complete communities on our waterfront and supporting our arts and culture sector in Mississauga. I’d like to thank Mississauga Arts Council and Port Credit West Village Partners for their work in organizing this installation, and the community for its overwhelmingly positive response.”

The Port Credit Portals or #PortalsPC art installation is located at JC Saddington Park in the amphitheatre location until August 31st

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