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Mural Dedication at Campbell Valley Park


(above) Photograph of mural on South Carvolth School

Inspirations for Artwork on a Mural, Once a Local Landmark in the Park
This image is a small reproduction of a larger, 30 x 60-foot mural covering a gymnasium wall of South Carvolth School. For 18 years, the mural was a local landmark facing 200th Street.  I was located in this park, on the south side of the nearby parking lot that was built after the school was demolished.
In 2000, the mural was painted by two local artists and longtime friends, Toni Williams and Judy Jordison. Toni donated 3 months of her time to create the mural with Judy’s assistance. Toni writes about the creation of the mural:
This mural was to reflect our community and love of nature.
 
As South Carvolth School was in the capital of the horse community, the nieghbouring Belgium horses became my focal point. These well-known horses died tragically in a fire, months before, and we all grieved.
 
Also featured are significant historical and local barns and the Lochiel Schoolhouse. The school’s natural surroundings were incorporated in the mural’s theme including paths, fences, and landscapes of Campbell Valley Regional Park. I designed it to flow with South Carvolth’s background of Mount Baker and its foreground red maples and grasses. My models were from the school, family and friends as were the other horses depicted. Local animals and birds were also painted within.
 
This was my millennial project and my way of giving back to my children’s school and community. I asked my longtime friend, Judy Jordison to paint with me as it was such a large project.


Judy Jordison (left) and Toni Williams (right) in boom box of mechanical crane, supplied by Charlie Williams, to assist artists to paint the upper reaches of mural.