Community Canvas Mural Project adding a splash of colour to Saanich parks in time for fall

Community Canvas Mural Project adding a splash of colour to Saanich parks in time for fall
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The District of Saanich’s all-new Community Canvas Mural Project is about to kick off in hopes of adding some vibrancy to three parks, and locals are invited to get involved.

The pilot project, first announced in June, will see Vancouver Island artist Claire Crawford paint a mural at the entrance to Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre, according to the district.

In a news release, the district says Crawford was commissioned to design the mural and will lead the painting process, which is happening this Monday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Sept. 1.

“I was thrilled to see that the District of Saanich was running a program like this. To be chosen as one of the three artists was an incredible feeling and I can’t wait to get started,” said Crawford.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, she said she’d be priming and working on the mural’s background colour before “really digging into the fun” the following week.

While other upcoming mural locations include Beckwith and Layritz parks, details about those murals, including selected artists and installation dates, have not yet been revealed.

In its release, the district says the project’s goal is to inspire a sense of pride and belonging amongst residents and to celebrate community, culture and diversity through publicly accessible art in time for the fall season.

And with a paintbrush in hand, it’s an initiative Crawford can get behind.

“As part of this project, I’m planning to showcase my own unique style that focuses on the confluence of nature and social attributes within our culture,” she added.

For those wanting to contribute to the mural, the district is hosting a free community painting day at Cedar Hill Park this Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and locals can register beforehand.

No experience is necessary and all are welcome to attend the event, which will see Crawford on site assisting participants. More information can be found on the district’s website here.


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