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An artful protest

At first, Huntsville nature artist Terry Gill was happy the G8 summit was coming to his hometown.

“I thought, boy or boy, they’re coming to Muskoka. How can they come to Muskoka and not be enthusiastic about the environment?” said Gill, who dedicates his paintings to the “healing of the environment.”

He set out on a mural, three by four feet. But as he researched the summit, he became disillusioned. The world’s problems — climate change, poverty, war — needed swift action, Gill thought, and the G8’s track record “didn’t show they were going to do it.”

So, the mural became a protest.

The colourful — almost psychedelically so — painting, called “Spirit of Accountability,” is a hodgepodge of protest themes, from the environment (an orca whale swimming in pristine, blue water) to anti-war (a maple leaf inside a peace symbol). It took him more than a year to complete.

Now, it’s made its way onto t-shirts. A local store is selling them for $32.95 a pop and a portion of the sales goes towards supporting emerging artists, Gill said.

Spirit of Acountability 2010


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