McLaughlin Day in Oshawa

This blog post is from Joan Murray, Director Emeritus.

Billiard Room. Image courtesy Parkwood Estate, copyright the Challener estate.

Billiard Room. Image courtesy Parkwood Estate, copyright the Challener estate.

Frederick Sproston Challener’s inspired mural paintings in Parkwood Estate, commissioned in 1924, are particularly well done. Located in the billiards room and hallway, the murals have a strangely perfect, yet ineffably wry quality which combines romanticism and history. His narrative includes the five daughters of Colonel Sam McLaughlin, including the patron of the Gallery, Miss Isabel McLaughlin, outdoor sports events engaged in by Mr. McLaughlin and his family, and a vision of arcadia with wholesome-looking young children, McLaughlin’s grandchildren. The entire effect is joyous, with just the right mixture of Twentieth-century details to balance the artifice before us with its woodland setting of birch trees and panel of Pan playing his pipe.

Enchanted Wood. Image courtesy Parkwood Estate, copyright the Challener estate.

Enchanted Wood. Image courtesy Parkwood Estate, copyright the Challener estate.

Challener was an artist who returned from a trip to Europe in 1898-99 with a passionate desire—to make murals. Fortunately for him, his wish fell in with a period of expansion in the theatre and architectural scene in Canada and he soon found himself hard at work executing murals in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, London, and Winnipeg. At the same time as his architectural commissions, he painted many easel paintings.

In celebration of McLaughlin Day, we honour here not only Colonel Sam McLaughlin and his wife Adelaide, but Miss Isabel McLaughlin, who was always deeply interested in mural painting, as well as the McLaughlin family, our friends.

Visit Parkwood Estate on McLaughlin Day on the August long weekend, for their wonderful Basement Tours. The tours are held August 3, 4, & 5, do not require pre-booking and will be available from 10:30 to 5:00pm. Admission is $10.00 per person, regardless of age. ($11.30 with the HST)

Click to read more about the basement tours.

Visit Parkwood Estate online.

Lakeridge Health Request for Proposals

Today we received information that Lakeridge Health Oshawa is seeking proposals for a mural in the new paediatrics department. Have a look below at all the details from LHO.

Building Today for Excellence Tomorrow

Lakeridge Health Oshawa (LHO) has a longstanding commitment to provide the best, most sensitive care to children in our community and across the Durham Region. As a designated Children’s Healthcare Centre, the Hospital provides many advanced services for newborns, infants, toddlers through to teens.  The current redevelopment and expansion project will increase the square footage of the existing Paediatrics space – increasing the number of beds so more children can get the care they need when they need it. Once completed, the Paediatrics Department will be newer, brighter and offer a more family-centered environment that is welcoming to patients, families and visitors.

Family-centered care has many benefits and is based on the understanding that family is the child’s primary source of strength and support.   This ultimately has a positive impact on parent and child, encouraging quicker recovery time and increasing the Hospital’s ability to meet our community’s paediatrics and surgical needs closer to home.


The Oshawa Hospital Foundation is soliciting through the Fair and Open Process for “Request for Proposal” (RFP) for the Paediatrics Program at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. 

RFP for Murals for Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Paediatrics Department

The Oshawa Hospital Foundation and all decisions makers for this project reserves the right to waive any and all formalities or altogether reject any RFP as is in the best interest of the LHO and the Foundation.  Awards made under the Fair and Open Process shall be made by those individuals/companies whose proposal is most advantageous to LHO and the Foundation.

Request for Proposals for Murals in the new Paediatrics Department at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. This proposed mural should be place on a surface that can be easily moved if need be. The Two-dimensional murals are intended to be whimsical and fun in nature that would put a child at easy in a hospital environment. Visually active/busy themes, are welcomed, the design should be picture–based, not word-based. Diversity in animation and characters is preferred.  

Space Dimension8ft in height X 20ft in length

Submission Information

Please submit proposals and include

a)      A one page letter of intent that includes your name and or a list of team members

b)      One full color concept image drawn or printed

c)      Name & phone number of contact / Team Leader

d)      All RFP should be returned in a sealed envelope, box or other container which bears the name of the proposer of the RFP clearly marked

e)      Provide references and include a detailed budget for the cost of entire scope of work

f)       Submit to Gloria Evans at The Oshawa Hospital Foundation
Oshawa Hospital Foundation
1 Hospital Court / 1st Floor, Room A-120 / Oshawa, Ontario  L1G 2B9
Phone: 905.576.8711 X 3422 / Fax: 905.743.5306

g)      RFP Deadline:             July 11th @ 4:00 PM

Selection Criteria

a)      Quality & suitability of submitted concept images

b)      Letter of intent including how design was selected and how the mural will function in the allotted space

c)      Project timeline: For completion in September, 2011