Artists Now at Work on Major New Vernon Mural
(Vernon, BC) Anyone interested in the creative process will do well to visit Vernon, BC over the next couple of months. There they will be able to see an internationally renowned artist at work on a project of gigantic proportions.
Michelle Loughery and her mixed team of artists and local youth have just this week begun work on Downtown Vernonâ€™s 27th historic mural. Their canvas; a wall that 30 meters wide by 15 meters high situated across the street from the Vernon Civic Plaza. Helped along by equipment and paint sponsors Nor-Val Rentals and Cloverdale Paint, the project has got off to a smooth start.
It is expected work on the project will continue for 6 to 8 weeks, with the artists working mostly in the mornings to bear the heat that Vernon and the North Okanagan are famed for this time of the year.
Downtown Vernon Association Executive Director Earl Hansen says his organization is pleased to the prime force behind the mural project, which is also co-sponsored by the City of Vernon.
Said Hansen, â€œThe DVA is delighted to be able to bring one more cultural activity to Downtown Vernon this summer with the painting of the Ebring mural.â€
â€œDowntown Vernon has many interesting cultural and historic facilities and attractionsâ€, added the DVA spokesman,â€ with several art studios, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, and many of the original buildings from the early years of Vernonâ€™s establishment as the oldest incorporated city in the Interior of BC.â€
He continued, â€œThe Downtown area also needs cultural activities, so whether it is a series of outdoor concerts in the setting sun such as the Thursday night Civic Sounds summer concerts, or an exciting new mural project, the DVA likes to be a part of jumpstarting the creative process where ever possible.â€
The Ebring mural is being painted on a wall immediately opposite last fallâ€™s project, the Sveva Caetani mural, â€œCaptive Artistâ€, which was also painted by Michelle Loughery. When the two are complete it will create a new Downtown Vernon â€œartists corridorâ€ where future arts and cultural events are expected to be held.
Anyone interested in Downtown Vernonâ€™s murals can also take a scheduled mural tour that runs for about an hour and 15 minutes and costs just $7 (kids under 12 free per paying adult).
Information on the mural tours can be obtained at the DVA office in The Old Railway Station (Suite 4, 3101 - 29th Ave) or by calling 250-542-5851.