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Art Fresco Public Art Project

As part of the #WRUnited Campaign, Explore Waterloo Region presents the Art Fresco Public Art Project: a whimsical tour of a series of unique picnic tables hand painted by talented local artisans. These extraordinary pieces are being hosted at various restaurants and patios around the Region to inject some vibrancy into a sector that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe the project embodies the core values of Waterloo Region: community, inclusivity, and creativity.

We invite residents and visitors to enjoy the tables, make memories, and take photos. Sharing on social media is encouraged using the hashtag #ArtFrescoDining. Scroll down to browse the full collection below, or view by municipality at the following links:

Cambridge | Kitchener | Waterloo | North Dumfries | Wellesley | Wilmot | Woolwich

We are Waterloo Region, and we are united.

A BETTER DAY
Better Tent City Artists
Downtown Kitchener

A CELEBRATION OF WR
Maia Lynch
EJ’s Tavern | Baden Hotel

ABE ERB’S GRIST MILL
Megan Lapoint
Wildcraft Grill + Long Bar

ACKNOWLEDGE
Chelsea Brunette-Hodzic
Thirteen Food + Beverage

AMETHYST
Behnaz Fatemi
Scran & Dram

BARN QUILTS
Donna Robertson
Jacob’s Grill

BEAUTY IN WR GARDENS
Salomé Perez
Kitchen Kuttings

BETTER TOGETHER
Jon Johnson
Short Finger Brewing Co.

CELEBRATING KITCHENER
Dayna Edwards
Schwaben Club

CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE
Michelle Dechert
Wilhelm’s Café + Bar

COTTON CANDY DREAM
Emily McDougall
Arabella Park Beer Bar

CRACKED EGGS
Amy Esplen
The Bauer Kitchen

CRAZY QUILT
Angela Grasse
Grammy’s Espresso Bar

DEATH BY ROSES
Andy McGeoch
Waterloo Brewing Company

EXPANSION: SHADE’S MILLS
Logan Soeder
Boston Pizza Bingemans

FACES OF COMMUNITY
Wilma Vanderleeuw
Cafe Pyrus

FLORALS
Alanah Jewell
Ambrosia Corner Bakery

FLYING BEAUTIES
Anne Williamson
Chrysalis Cafe

GALAXY PRIDE
Andy McGeoch
Graffiti Market

GINIW – GOLDEN EAGLE
Luke Swinson
Descendants Beer & Bev. Co.

JOSEPH & GAUKEL
Pia Braza
Abe Erb – Kitchener

JUST KEEP FLOATING
Kristina Bradt
Revive Game Bar

KOI POND
Victoria Shi
Wooden Boat Food Company

LAKE & SHORE
August Swinson
1909 Culinary Academy

LOTS TO SEE & DO
Shawn Murenbeeld
Cafe Pyrus Outpost

MIRRORED SHORELINES
Pearl Van Geest
Malt & Barley Public House

NATURE OF BRIDGEPORT
Allie-Marie Piggott
The Lancaster Smokehouse

OCHRE
Behnaz Fatemi
Swine & Vine

OKTOBERFEST: SAY ONKEL!
Andrea Lorentz
Edelweiss Tavern

ON FIRE
Tee Kundu
EcoCafe Village Roasters

PASTEL SUMMER
Tee Kundu
Sip & Bite Restaurant

PINK ZEBRA
Lucy Lan
Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters

PIXEL PRODUCE
Lauren Prousky
Patent Social

PLANTER’S PICNIC
Tara Cooper
The 86

SHORE & LAKE
August Swinson
Langdon Hall

STINGRAYS
Andy McGeoch
Four Fathers Brewing Co.

STRAWBERRIES
Alanah Jewell
Abe Erb – Ayr

STRIPES & COLOUR
Hannah Carroll
Bruce Craft House

SWEETS
Victoria Shi
Four All Ice Cream

TAKE A SEAT, STAY AWHILE
Shawn Murenbeeld
The Olde Heidelberg Restaurant

THE GRAND
Kristen Gear
The Village Biergarten

TRISHA ABE
Trisha Abe
Red House

TURQUOISE
Behnaz Fatemi
Fiddle & Firkin

UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Moumita Roychowdhury
Kitchener Market

WATER SURFACE: LILY PADS
Diane Boyer
Monigram Coffee Roasters

WATERLOO MAP No.1
Brubey Hu
Borealis Grille & Bar

WATERLOO MAP No.2
Brubey Hu
Taco Farm

WATERLOO REGION ARTS
Bari Parsche
Foundry Tavern | Tapestry Hall

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
Moumita Roychowdhury
Old Marina Restaurant

WE ARE UNITED
Ava Murenbeeld
The Village Colonnade

Acknowledgements

Thank you to our artist selection committee: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Executive Director and Curator Denis Longchamps, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Executive Director Shirley Madill, and visual artist Susan Coolen for evaluating submissions from interested artists based on concepts that both celebrate Waterloo Region and honour those things that make Waterloo Region unique.

The Art Fresco Project would not have been successful if not for the team at Lot 42 for providing an ideal venue that allowed the artists to work on their art while maintaining physical distancing. Sincerest gratitude is also extended to the Home Hardware head office in St. Jacobs and Beauti-tone Paint for graciously supplying all of the paint and supplies.

Lastly, thank you to to team at St. Clements Trim Inc. for filling our order of 50 picnic tables!