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Community Canada 150 art project presented to town

Artists of all ages contributed to wall mural

They say ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, that counts, and it is true that the journey that led to a large painting which hangs on the wall at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre is worth a story.

It all began when a committee was formed to come up with a project for Canada’s 150 birthday.

Sharon Johnston, chairman of the Rimbey Art Club was part of this committee and she recalled the idea was born to create a mural with a local theme.

The mural was created by using acrylic on five 16 by 40 inch canvas panels.

People from the ages of four to 94 took part. Donna Pecharsky from the homecoming committee was instrumental in encouraging people who had come to celebrate the Rimbey homecoming to stop in at the art club’s studio and take part in creating the mural.

Using a zigzag pattern, the artists created a replica of the buildings at Pas Ka Poo Park.

“We wanted the community to be part of it and we wanted diversity,” said Johnston.

On Sept. 15, the finished artwork was presented to town council.

Rimbey Art Club will hold a free art show on Fri., Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 30 until 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at their studio located at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre.