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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The town owns and features a number of public art installations, which are always on view.

Here is a complete list of the locations and descriptions of the public art installations.

Public Art Installations

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Emily May Rose, Something for Everyone (vinyl wrap), 2018

Artist Emily May Rose’s fun and bright mural design won.

The mural wraps the generator at the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre. It is made with careful consideration of colour and composition to create works that are both beautiful and meaningful.

The art reflects the community centre by combining aspects of the local arts and culture, recreation, nature, and history of Oakville.

Emily May Rose is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator.

She explores urban themes and her personal experiences living in the city. Emily generally places animals like raccoons into the scenarios. It is a humorous way to make light of their situation.

For more information about the artist visit

River Oaks Community Centre

Canada 150 Mural Mosaic

The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project brings together 150 communities and thousands of participants.  It creates community murals that visually shows the history and culture of Canada. Oakville’s unique mural is composed of 750 tiles. Residents painted them during registered workshops in February 2016.

Artist Lewis Lavoie and his Mural Mosaic Team based out of Alberta led the project. You can visit to follow the mural’s progress across Canada.

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

Louis Riel And The Church at Batoche, 1885

Artist Liz Pead used recycled hockey gear to create large-scale installation paintings since 2005. Her art speaks to the Canadian histories of textile, legend, sport and landscape painting through the Group of Seven.

This work involved cutting up and affixing the bits of recycled hockey gear to create an outdoor scene.

Town Hall

ArtWorks Oakville

Changing group art exhibitions throughout the year by member artists.

For more information about the art group go to:

Permanent Installations:

North Atrium

  1. Alvin Tan – Blooming, 1974
  2. Azhar Shemdin – Reflections in Blue, 1991
  3. John Alford – The Sinking of U-94, 1983
  4. Karl Woetz – Avancez
  5. Michel Foucault – Le Bucheron, 1988
  6. Neville Palmer – Standing Form (After Noguchi), 1974
  7. Neville Palmer – Vertical, 1974
  8. The Oakville Hooking Guild – Oakville Quilt Tapestry

Upper North Atrium

  1. Fred Schopf – Portrait of Allan M. Masson, Mayor, 1966
  2. Ian Lazarus – Maquette for “Falling Up”, 1983 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)
  3. John McKinnon – Maquette for “The Perfect Fit”, 1988 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)
  4. John McEwen – Maquette for “Still Life and Blind” (On loan from Oakville Galleries)
  5. Joe Smith – Oakville at the Millennium
  6. Josef Petriska – Untitled, 1982
  7. Manfred – A Moment of Trust, 1988
  8. Mark Lewis – The Smell of Books, 1993-1994 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)
  9. Susan A. Menzies – Summer Reflections: Sixteen Mile Creek, 1987

South Atrium

  1. Josef Petriska – New Life

Upper South Atrium

  1. Tim Rainey – Mystical Presence (East Side)

Meeting Room A

  1. Charles C. Lamb – Purely Rapids, Madawaska, 1967
  2. Norman Choo – Warm Shower Ends a Day, 2003

Meeting Room C

  1. Karen Walker – Inspiration Rattray Marsh

Bronte Room

  1. Sydna Bell-Windeyer – Old Bronte Harbour, 1988
  2. Thomas Mathews – Fishing Scene, 1974

Oakville Room

  1. David Newman – Untitled, 1962
  2. Thomas Mathews – MacDougald’s Warehouse
  3. Thomas Mathews – Sixteen Mile Creek, 1967

Trafalgar Room

  1. G.W. Goss – Methodist Meeting Hall and Works Department Building, 1961

Trafalgar Park Community Centre

Laura Marotta, Octagon for Trafalgar Park (stainless steel), 2018

With its polished stainless steel surfaces and geometric lines, the large-scale structure is designed as a social hub.

It invites exploration and reflection by visitors as they move around the piece and view it from its many angles.

An independent selection committee made up of visual arts professionals and community representatives selected Marotta’s sculpture. A Public Art Call process is outlined as part of the town’s Art Policy.

Laura Marotta is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate from the University of Guelph. Her artwork has been featured in curated exhibitions, festivals and public art commissions. For more information about the artist visit

Upcoming Public Art Installations

The next installation will be in the South-East Community Centre.  It must incorporate themes related to the history and significance of the former site and/or may consider the facility and park activities.

The South-East Community Centre is located at Reynolds and McDonald on the form site of the hospital. The new community centre opens in late 2020.


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