Maynard Johnny and his cousin Charlene Johnny are extraordinary artists. Just wait to see what develops on this marine plywood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Maynard Johnny and his cousin Charlene Johnny are extraordinary artists. Just wait to see what develops on this marine plywood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Johnny hard at work creating the next Chemainus mural

Final product by Coast Salish artist to be unveiled soon

The next addition to the Chemainus Festival of Murals’ outdoor art collection is taking shape.

Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny has been working diligently on creating a mural, utilizing four sheets of marine plywood at his Duncan studio. He’s been receiving valuable assistance from his cousin Charlene Johnny from the Lower Mainland, who has incredible expertise in mural painting for a young person.

Charlene Johnny came to Chemainus in June to work with students on a mural at Chemainus Secondary School.

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The components of Maynard Johnny’s mural were sketched on the plywood first before adding the colourful paint.

Johnny said last week his plan was to “work non-stop til it’s done.”

Shannon Bellamy of the Festival of Murals Society noted the target date for the mural to be finished is Aug. 15.

“It will be mounted after that,” she added.

Mark Staples will create the platform and install the mural. It will go up in downtown Chemainus next to the Sandy Clark mural H.M.S. Reindeer Arriving in Chemainus.

Bellamy indicated the society is planning a mural festival in September to officially unveil the murals and sculptures added since the pandemic started. That will go back to the In Tune With Nature piano outside the Chemainus Public Market and everything new since then. Stay tuned for details.


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Maynard Johnny at work in the formative stages of his mural in his studio, using marine plywood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Maynard Johnny at work in the formative stages of his mural in his studio, using marine plywood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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