Big Times In The Suncatch

Big Times in the Suncatch will take place every Friday and Saturday night. More Details

Altona's giant Van Gogh Sunflower painting was hung back up on its easel Thursday.

The painting had undergone repairs by artist Cameron Cross over the summer. Cross said the painting suffered water damage and rotted some of the wood. The repairs included replacing the wood, adding fiberglass, grinding loose paint, sanding, painting, and adding a clear-coat to protect it from future damage.

Mayor Melvin Klassen said the added coat on the painting will protect it, but noted Canadian weather conditions can be extreme. painting 2The giant painting is now bolted to the easel, rather than welded to it

"The problem is the weather conditions we have here are somewhat different than they would be in Kansas or in Australia," said Klassen, referring to Cross's paintings in warmer locations. "There's a concern there as to if it'll be as effective as it is out there."

Another part of the repair project was using bolts to attach the painting to its easel, rather than welding it on like before. The bolts will allow the painting to come back down easier in the future, without having to bring down the easel with it.

Klassen attended the restoration of the painting, and admitted he was a little nervous to observe the process.

"My concern was somehow they would damage it while it was going back up, but nothing happened, it was really well done," he said. "It went very smoothly, they certainly knew what they were doing."

Klassen noted the painting is a well-known part of Altona, and he's happy it has been restored. He added people were curious as to why the painting was taken down.

"They will come just to Altona just to see the painting, and it's very important to the town," he said

Klassen added the total figures for the repairs aren't in yet, but estimates the total number to be $40,000, with about $17,000 or $18,000 being covered by insurance.

"It won't be totally on budget because of the fact it had to be more worked on than expected," he explained.

painting 3

More Local News

Organizers 'Switch Up' 2018 Corn and Apple Entertainment

The bands for the Morden Corn & Apple Festival have been announced! Jocelyne Durand, the Chairperson for the Corn & Apple Festival Jocelyne Durand, the Chairperson for the Corn & Apple Festival, says…

Local Pickleball Athletes Win Silver In 55+ Manitoba Summer Games

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America. Started in 1965 as a past time for all ages, the sport had a life of it's own. The rules and court requirements are a combination of many of…

Big Times In The Suncatch

Big Times in the Suncatch will take place every Friday and Saturday night. More Details

Local Dealer Says Phasing Out Traditional Cars "Makes Sense"

An announcement by Ford earlier this spring that it plans to stop selling most of its cars in North America raised some eyebrows, but didn't come as a total shock to a local car dealer. The plan…

Area Residents Hope For Another Low Mosquito Summer

Mosquito larviciding programs in the area are underway. Last year, the communities of Winkler, Morden and Altona did not have to fog against mosquitoes. Altona Public Works Manager, Clint Derksen,…

Emerson-Franklin Reeve Not Running In October Election

Emerson-Franklin Reeve Greg Janzen won't be seeking re-election in fall. He's finishing his second term as reeve, and looked back on some of his memorable experiences. "It's been quite an experience…

Winkler Resident Named Special Olympics Manitoba Volunteer of the Year

The 2017-18 Special Olympic Manitoba Volunteer of the Year is Winkler's Michelle Goertzen. Goertzen volunteers with the Valley Rollers 10-pin Bowling Club in Winkler, and coaches a Rhythmics program.…

Loose Dogs A Concern For Winkler Residents

Residents of the Pembina Valley have expressed concern after seeing a number of dogs walked off-leash. Kenton Hoeppner, Community Safety Officer for Winkler, says though owners may feel their dog is…

Are Ticks Increasing In Southern Manitoba?

Studies are being done to determine factors that play into the survival of ticks, but an increase in ticks is hard to determine. Kateryn Rochon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of…

Paddlefest, Boat Build Take Over Morden Beach (VIDEO)

The first Habitat for Humanity home got a fundraising boost this weekend thanks to the Beach Boat Build at Morden's Colert Beach. Organizer Sue Nelson explains eams of four frantically assembled…

Care Home Surprised How Swings Unlock Memories In Dementia Patients

Salem Home is raising money for more wheelchair accessible lawn swings. Staff say the swings have a unique ability to unlock memories and open up even the most closed off residents. "Sometimes… is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide