"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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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Theatre, anyone?

Attending plays, concerts or moving pictures were what Vernonites did for fun in the early 1900s. This mural celebrates the first production, "The Geisha" put on by the Vernon Musical and Dramatic Society.

The Geisha (2003)
by Michelle Loughery & Company

Located 3106-32nd Street, north-facing wall

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Celebrating winter

This mural commemorates cross country skiing and the Sovereign Lake ski area. In 1939 the City of Vernon donated a log cabin at Vernon Lake to the local ski club founded by Carl and Flora Wylie (pictured beside the cabin in the mural). The lake was later renamed Sovereign Lake after avid skier and citizen Bishop Art Sovereign. The mural is located at 3109 32nd Ave., west-facing wall.

Sovereign Lake (2005)
by Tyler Toews and Steven Skolka

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Celebrating Vernon's cultural melting pot

This mural celebrates the many cultures that make Vernon home. Included are (left to right) Chinese, Eastern European, Scandinavian, English, Aboriginal, East Indian, Japanese and Belgian. Pierre Eliot Trudeau, the Prime Minister who initiated many of Canada's multicultural policies is pictured on the far right. He died during the painting of this mural.

Unfortunately, in these photos the trees in full leaf hide many of the faces. I guess I'll have to come back in winter when the trees are bare to get the full effect.

Multiculturalism Mural - 2000
The mural is located at 3101 32nd Street, East-facing wall.
Painted by Michelle Loughery and her band of artists.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

1912 "Man of Machines"

Frank Reynolds owned a farm equipment dealership on 30th Street from 1905 - 1912. This mural depicting Vernon's "man of machines," his staff and a car from the Vernon Auto Company were painted by Michelle Loughery and her band of merry painters in 1999.

Frank S. Reynolds Warehouse - 1999
3103 - 30th Street - North-facing wall

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Fire Brigade

At first the Vernon fire brigade had only leather buckets with which to fight fires. An insurance company prompted them to purchase a hand-drawn engine equipped with a hand pump. The vehicle in the mural - a later upgrade - has a motor.

"Vernon Fire Brigade" - 1999
3002 - 32nd Ave., North-facing wall



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