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Youth Centre slated for next mural festival installment

Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
June 5th, 2024

The newest addition to the growing mural landscape in Nelson has been approved.

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) request to allow a mural to be painted on the City-owned Nelson and District Youth Centre — 608 Lake St. — is moving forward after City council gave the project the nod on Tuesday night during its regular business meeting.

NDAC was the driving force behind the request, put forth as part of this year’s annual Nelson International Mural Festival. Each year since 2018, council has approved multiple proposed murals for City property for the annual mural festival.

The mural — painted on the south facing rear wall of the youth centre — is designed by Madeleine Tetreault.

The City has already provided funding for the proposed murals through its grant to the festival, along with funds provided by the BC Arts Council and the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Area E.

Artist biography

Maddy Tetreault is a self-taught artist who grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Canadian wilderness.

She developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a keen eye for the vivid colours and textures of the world around her.

Her passion for nature is evident in her art, as she primarily paints acrylic landscapes and depictions of the natural world that capture its breathtaking beauty.

Her paintings convey a sense of wonder and awe, inviting the viewer to get lost in the idyllic scenes that she creates.

Source: Nelson and District Arts Council

Design concept

Against a backdrop painted in vivid, realistic hues that evoke the vibrant essence of a Kootenay sky, the simplicity of the white line-art mountains creates a striking contrast.

The intricate lines of the mountains not only depict the rugged beauty of the area, but also symbolize the diverse elements that collectively shape B.C.’s natural splendor.

Each stroke represents a unique facet — from the jagged peaks to the serene lakes and lush forests. The intricately crafted lines stand as a testament to the beauty of simplicity, showcasing the elegance of minimalism against the backdrop of the wild, colorful expanse.

Together, they form a harmonious depiction of the dynamic balance between the awe-inspiring landscape of the Kootenays.

Source: Nelson and District Arts Council

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