REPORTING · 10th June 2015
Kitimat Artist Eileen Hutson returned to town this past week where she was present to unveil the new student mural at Nechako Elementary School. The previous student mural, created 6 years ago, did not survive Kitimat’s weather, although parts of it will be incorporated into the new mural. On Friday, June 5th, the mural was unveiled at a special assembly.
“I just can’t imagine all the stuff you’ve created,” said Hutson to the students. “It’s just incredible. […] You all learned a lot this week and you all made some great stuff. You can draw your very own leaf and you can decorate it anytime you want.”
“The beauty of your art is wonderful,” said Louise Avery, who was present representing Kitimat Arts for Youth, “as it was created by young minds with great imaginations.”
Councillor Rob Goffinet, a former teacher from Nechako, was present representing Mayor and Council. “I really love what you have done. There was a mural in a different part of the school, and I loved painting a little bit of the mural. I’m so glad that I’m looking at the people right now who have something on this mural. You’re going to come back to Nechako, and you’re going to look at that mural, and you can see where you’ve painted something,” said Goffinet.
He explained the city of Kitimat encourages young people to participate in art, band and drama and invests tax dollars into supporting art programs for young people such as Kitimat Arts for Youth.
Margaret Warcup, a school trustee, was present representing the Kitimat Community Foundation who also invested money into Kitimat Arts for Youth. “We’re pleased to get this money so that Kitimat Arts for Youth, along with the District funding and other support of teacher and yourselves can create this awesome Mural and it’s going to be a lasting legacy for your school.”
The students developed the technique using several practice Leaves. Penny Bailey with Kitimat Arts for Youth helped the students develop their talents. When it came time to create the Mural, each of the students added their own leaf or insect to the tree.
Principal David Mills presented the artists with a gift on behalf of the schools. The mural will be mounted outside the gym.