Aaron Harder and Lee-Anne Chisholm (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Latest Quesnel mural has hundreds of painters

Over 100 hexagons were sold to the community to be incorperated in the downtown mural

How many artists does it take to paint a mural?

If you’re Lee-Anne Chisholm and Aaron Harder, at least 100.

They’re compiling a mural with over 100 tiles painted by local residents which will act as the leaves of a tree.

Chisholm and Hunter have started the backdrop, a stylized landscape of Quesnel’s riverwalk.

“Representing Quesnel, the riverwalk is a really big part of our outdoor activities,” Chisholm said. “It’s a great way to bring the community together especially with what’s going on.

Each hexagon is six inches across, and the Quesnel Art Gallery sold 128 of them.

“Hopefully we get all of them back. If not we’ll have an impromptu paint night,” Harder said, laughing.

Each hexagon was five dollars and came with paint donated by Cloverdale Paints. The tree leaves transition through the four seasons.

“There’s probably about 10 per cent we won’t get back,” Harder said. “I’ve already heard from a few people, they bought them all for their kids and one is a write off … if we get 100 back, it will be fantastic.”

The hexagon kits sold out within one week.

“We were thinking about promoting it on our social media, but we never had a chance,” Harder said.

Harder and Chisholm have painted other murals around Quesnel. The new mural will be painted on four separate four- by eight-foot panels.

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“We’ve done this enough times now that we we’ve got a pretty good idea of how our composition is going to go,” Harder said. “It’s really cool to see the community so involved and to see how excited everyone is, being that the tiles sold out in a week.”

The mural will be installed on the side of AC&D Insurance in downtown Quesnel on Sept. 26.

The Quesnel Art Gallery will be hosting a socially distanced reveal ceremony, with plans to stream it on Facebook.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: cassidy.dankochik@quesnelobserver.com


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