Quesnel Art Gallery directors Marguerite Hall (left) and Cyndi Cassidy react after unveiling the new Community Spirit mural Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Culture Days celebrations in Quesnel and the kick off of the Quesnel Downtown Art Walk. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Art Gallery directors Marguerite Hall (left) and Cyndi Cassidy react after unveiling the new Community Spirit mural Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Culture Days celebrations in Quesnel and the kick off of the Quesnel Downtown Art Walk. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Spirit of community shines through in new Quesnel mural

The mural, which was unveiled Sept. 26, features mosaic tiles painted by local residents

A colourful reminder of what you can achieve when you come together, the new Community Spirit mural is an eye-catching addition to the side of AC&D Insurance in downtown Quesnel.

The mural was unveiled Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Quesnel’s Culture Days celebrations and the start of the Quesnel Downtown Art Walk.

The Quesnel Art Gallery sold hexagons and paint kits to community members this summer, who took them home and painted them in a wide variety of designs using pink, orange, green and blue hues. The 115 individual tiles now form the leaves of a giant, colourful tree on the mural, which can be seen from Carson Street as you enter the downtown core.

Sandra Lewis, president of the Quesnel Downtown Association, thanked all the businesses that supported the project and organizations involved in bringing the mural to life in a ceremony at the Integris Credit Union parking lot that included a performance by the Aka Bellas.

“This has been a really difficult year to ask, but as always, everyone has given,” she said. “I do really want to thank everybody for buying a hexagon.”

The Community Spirit mural started as an idea from artist and Quesnel Art Gallery director Cyndi Cassidy, and the team of Lee-Anne Chisholm and Aaron Harder turned it into a reality as artistic directors, co-ordinating the painting of the background — which is a stylized landscape of the Quesnel Riverwalk — and installing the individual mosaic tiles painted by members of the community.

“The diversity and creativity of artists was super inspiring,” said Harder. “We hope it will remind people that even in difficult times, we are stronger together.”

Cassidy thanked everyone who was involved in the project.

“The community involvement in bringing this project to this point today is wonderful and almost overwhelming,” she said.

READ MORE: Latest Quesnel mural has hundreds of painters



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Arts and culture

 

Lee-Anne Chisholm and Aaron Harder share a laugh at the unveiling of the new Community Spirit mural Saturday, Sept. 26 in downtown Quesnel. Chisholm and Harder were the art directors for the project, which features 115 mosaic tiles painted by community members. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Lee-Anne Chisholm and Aaron Harder share a laugh at the unveiling of the new Community Spirit mural Saturday, Sept. 26 in downtown Quesnel. Chisholm and Harder were the art directors for the project, which features 115 mosaic tiles painted by community members. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The Aka Bellas perform Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of the unveiling of the new Community Spirit mural in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The Aka Bellas perform Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of the unveiling of the new Community Spirit mural in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Just Posted

Talia McKay of Williams Lake is a burn survivor who remains grateful for the support she received from the Burn Fund (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
’You have to allow yourself the grace to heal’: B.C. burn survivor reflects on her recovery

Learning how to stand straight and walk again was a feat said Williams Lake resident Talia McKay

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Worth taking another look at hemp for paper production

Ninety years after being deemed illegal, few are afraid of marijauna

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Milking cows and strangers on the premises

Cows in a milking barn may get upset if a stranger comes

Lake City Secondary School Grade 12 students Haroop Sandhu, from left, Amrit Binning and Cleary Manning are members of the school’s horticulture club. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
LCSS horticulture club a growing success

Aspiring gardeners at a Williams Lake secondary school are earning scholarship dollars… Continue reading

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
FOREST INK: Plenty of changes happening in forest industry

A new process produces a biodegradable plastic-like product from wood waste powder

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Poached trees that were taken recently on Vancouver Island in the Mount Prevost area near Cowichan, B.C. are shown on Sunday, May 10, 2021. Big trees, small trees, dead trees, softwoods and hardwoods have all become valuable targets of tree poachers in British Columbia as timber prices hit record levels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne.
Tree poaching from public forests increasing in B.C. as lumber hits record prices

Prices for B.C. softwood lumber reached $1,600 for 1,000 board feet compared with about $300 a year ago

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

Most Read