Photos and story: Sheilagh Foster
The first in a series of murals, coordinated by local artists and created by generations of local residents, is now complete and on display on Main Street, McBride.
The Whistle Stop Gallery’s New Horizons grant involves generations of local residents in art projects. An artist donates time to design and coordinate the plan, and local residents get to help produce the piece.
An early forestry and logging theme was chosen (“Rafting Poles on the Fraser River 1935”) and the first mural was completed at McBride Centennial School. Members of the McBride and District Library and the Valley Museum and Archives interviewed and videotaped residents assisting with the painting of the mural and interviewing the participants. The video will be available through the Valley Museum.
The project is a Heritage Canada centennial project of the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council, in partnership with the Whistle Stop Gallery Society, the McBride and District Public Library, the Valley Museum and Archives and the McBride Centennial School.