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Chemainus Festival of Murals unveiling and dedication ceremony

Latest additions to the historical and community series proclaimed
Looks like Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews is spouting off beside town crier Ben Buss. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Saturday’s Mural Unveiling Festival hosted by the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society attracted a large crowd for a walking tour to witness the official dedication of the latest additions of art to the collection.

Four pieces were dedicated in the Society’s new Community Mural Series as well as two new murals in the original Historical Series, and a ‘welcome back’ salute to the Steam Train on Bridge over Chemainus River mural that was removed following the demolition of the old Visitor’s Centre and Fire Hall.

The celebration started at the Orca mural on the Chemainus Ace Hardware building, moved to the Kew Gardens Flagpole mural on the Back to Britain Pubs building, then to the Steam Locomotive on the Telus building, the Lest We Forget mural on the post office, the Five-Cent Candy Bar War mural at the back of Cowichan Neighbourhood House and the tour ended with the Chemainus Labyrinth at Waterwheel Park being proclaimed part of the Community Series.

Piper Bruce Oliphant directed participants to each mural and town crier Ben Buss added his informative touch at each site, alongside Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews.

Among those attending the ceremony was Karl Schutz, the godfather of the mural project that originated in the early 1980s.

“It’s absolutely super,” he said of the celebrations. “I’m so pleased after all these years, they’re still keeping that up.”

Schutz was especially captivated with Buss’ bugle playing and presentation at the Lest We Forget mural.

“That’s a very nice gesture,” Schutz indicated. “I just get tears in my eyes with this one.”

Entertainment was provided by Masimba Marimba from Bopoma Music and Chemainus Rotary Club members cooked up some hot dogs following the ceremony. Folks having passports stamped were eligible for prizes.

Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews, wiith orcas spouting off behind him at the Ace Hardware mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Murals guru Karl Schutz looks on during the festivities. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Artist Cim MacDonald with piper Bruce Oliphant at the Kew Flagpole mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Town crier Ben Buss at the refurbished Steam Train over the Chemainus River mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Directors Doreen Zielke and Shannon Bellamy in costume. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Town crier Ben Buss greets artist David Goatley at the Lest We Forget mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Five Cent Candy Bar War Mural at Cowichan Neighbourhood House. (Photo by Don Bodger)
At the labyrinth. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Entertainment by Masimba Marimba. (Photoby Don Bodger)
Overview of the crowd in downtown Chemainus around the revived Steam Locomotive mural on the Telus building. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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