"This isn't a watercolor, it's a mural." - Erich Segal

The banner mural of ships and fishing supplies decorates the fence of a parking lot just off Marine Drive in White Rock B.C.
(Artist unknown)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

War Posters

These poster murals are also from Vernon. They're drawn on walls near the cenotaph. Their messages obviously come from a different era.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wartime efforts

A whole street of buildings facing the cenotaph square in Vernon has paintings in memory of wartime. These can be viewed from Cenotaph Park - 31st Avenue and 30th Street. Again Michelle Loughery was the lead artist.

In Memory - 2001

Unfortunately there was a truck parked right in front of the handsome soldier, so I only got a very oblique shot of him.

I love the amazing sky in the mural below.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Alice Parke Diaries

Alice Barrett Parke's daily journals were the inspiration for this mural. In 1891 this Port Dover, Ontario resident moved to the Okanagan Valley to be a housekeeper for her brother. She married Harold Parke, a former Northwest Mounted Police officer and wrote in her diaries about work, health, religion, race and gender relations, and women's lives.

Her diaries later became the book Hobnobbing with a Countess and Other Okanagan Adventures: Diaries of Alice Barrett Parke, 1891 - 1900, edited by Jo Fraser Jones.

Alice Park Diaries
2002 by Michelle Loughery lead artist
2910 - 31st Avenue in Vernon.

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I like the handwritten journal page background and granny glasses. I wonder, when she was writing those diaries, did she have any idea they would someday be published?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Vernon murals

We spent a few hours last Saturday mural hunting in the Okanagan city of Vernon. (Yaaay - new murals at last!) Vernon's mural project, which consists of 27 murals scattered throughout the downtown area, is described on their website:

The mural project was a multi-year collaborative effort which included both a youth employment and revitalization strategy. Initial core funding came from Human Resources Development Canada as part of a job creation program.

Over 54 youth were hired and gained valuable life skills and real work experience. Many of these youth have gone on to rewarding careers. Two of the youth, Steven Skolka and Tyler Toews have created their own company called Canadian Murals. ...

The mural project created pride in our heritage and was a catalyst for revitalization of the heritage character of Vernon's downtown business center.

In the days ahead, I'll be posting my photos of these murals here. Today we begin with the mural "Shuswap and Okanagan Railway" created in 2000. It is located at 2899 - 29th Street and Michelle Loughery was the main artist.

Shuswap and Okanagan Railway

This spur of the CPR was begun in Sicamous in 1890. It reached Vernon in 1891. Though it was officially called the S&O, it was nicknamed the Molasses Ltd. because people said they could make the trip faster by foot.

(Information about the murals comes from The Heritage Murals of Downtown Vernon website.)



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