What can be more fun, than helping to create a community mural that is a mystery, until its final reveal! This was the idea that Stacey Oswald had in mind when as a member of Artists’ Association of Beaumont (AAB), she approached the Beaumont Agricultural Society. This year, the Rural Roots Fair hosted Indigenous presenters and as part of the celebration, a new community fence mural showcased what had been painted by members of the community. Marisa McKinney, a talented Indigenous designer that runs under her company name, “Feathered Away”, developed the design that will become a local landmark at the Agricultural Grounds. Marisa thoughtfully created the design concept indicating that “community is an important aspect of our culture that includes all sorts of gatherings – it allows anyone to come in and join, participate and learn.” The final reveal of the fence mural was during the weekend of the Rural Roots Fair, August 27th and 28th.
Want to know how the community was involved? The Painted Door on 50th St provided the boards for a donation, and step by step instructions along with the DIY art kit. Members of the community painted their own portion of the local landmark. We would like to thank Home Hardware (Beaumont) for their kind donation of fence boards to be used in this project, and to the City of Beaumont Community Grant Program for the funding provided for the project.
Written by Betty Schriver on behalf of the Artists’ Association of Beaumont