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Former Blackville Resident Rodney D’Alessio Painting Installed at Edmonton Transit Station

A painting by former Blackville resident Rodney D’Alessio has been displayed at the University Light Rail Transit Station in Edmonton, Alberta.

The artwork, entitled I Hate It Here, I Want to Go Home, is part of a series of work centred around his experience at the Dr. Roberts Hospital School in Saint John, New Brunswick where he lived as a child.

Rodney, who has been painting for a few years, created the artwork from memory.

Read more about the project below. This article originally appeared on the Edmonton Arts Council blog. Visit to learn more about the Edmonton Arts Council.

Reprinted with permission.

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  1. Avatar Trudy Underhill on November 17, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    That is wonderful Rodney! So proud of you!❤️

  2. Avatar Daphne Jardine on November 17, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Congratulations Rodney. Well done.

  3. Avatar Wendy Brophy Astle on November 17, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Congratulations Rodney! 🙂

  4. Avatar Colleen Underhill on November 17, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Awesome congratulations

  5. Avatar Ryan D'Alessio on November 17, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Great job Rodney 👍👍

    • Avatar RODNEY on December 7, 2021 at 8:46 am


  6. Avatar Elaine Walls on November 17, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful work Rodney!

  7. Avatar Brad Hogan on November 17, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Great job Rodney.your looking good as well long time no see.

  8. Avatar David D Barker, MVHS Vice-Principal....Retired on November 17, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Way to go Rodney. Always enjoyed our chats when you attended MVHS. proud of your accomplishments.

  9. Avatar Don on November 18, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Congratulations, nice recognition

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