Muralist Michelle Loughery is perched upon her usual spot high above the ground on some scaffolding as she once again turns a blank architectural expanse into an historical splash of colour.   The new mural of local potter and homesteader Axel Ebring will share space next to the Sveva Caetani mural across from the Vernon Museum and Archives.

Muralist Michelle Loughery is perched upon her usual spot high above the ground on some scaffolding as she once again turns a blank architectural expanse into an historical splash of colour. The new mural of local potter and homesteader Axel Ebring will share space next to the Sveva Caetani mural across from the Vernon Museum and Archives.

Artist brings history to life

Michelle Loughery's latest downtown Vernon mural features potter Axel Ebring

Anyone interested in the creative process will do well to visit downtown Vernon over the next couple of months. There they will be able to see an internationally renowned artist at work on a project of gigantic proportions.

Michelle Loughery and her mixed team of artists and local youth are working on Downtown Vernon’s 27th historic mural.

Their canvas; a wall 30 meters wide by 15 meters high situated across the street from the Vernon Civic Plaza. Helped along by equipment and paint sponsors Nor-Val Rentals and Cloverdale Paint, the project has got off to a smooth start.

It is expected work on the project will continue for six to eight weeks, with the artists working mostly in the mornings to bear the heat that Vernon and the North Okanagan are famed for this time of the year.

The mural features potter Axel Ebring who settled in Vernon to take advantage of the unique quality of its clay. He was held in high esteem by pottery collectors for the outstanding glazes that were a trademark of his work, some of which is on display at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives.

As well if anyone has any stories about Mr. Ebring, send them to hschmidt@downtownvernon.com, or drop by the DVA.

Downtown Vernon Association executive director Earl Hansen says his organization is pleased to be the prime force behind the mural project, which is also co-sponsored by the City of Vernon.

“The DVA is delighted to be able to bring one more cultural activity to Downtown Vernon this summer with the painting of the Ebring mural.

“Downtown Vernon has many interesting cultural and historic facilities and attractions,” added Hansen. “With several art studios, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, and many of the original buildings from the early years of Vernon’s establishment as the oldest incorporated city in the Interior of B.C.”

He continued: “The downtown area also needs cultural activities, so whether it is a series of outdoor concerts in the setting sun such as the Thursday night Civic Sounds summer concerts, or an exciting new mural project, the DVA likes to be a part of jumpstarting the creative process where ever possible.”

The Ebring mural is being painted on a wall immediately opposite last fall’s project, the Sveva Caetani mural, Captive Artist, which was also painted by Loughery. When the two are complete it will create a new Downtown Vernon “artists corridor” where future arts and cultural events are expected to be held.

Anyone interested in Downtown Vernon’s murals can also take a scheduled mural tour.Visit the DVA office in The Old Railway Station (Suite 4, 3101 – 29th Ave) or by calling 250-542-5851.

The tour runs for about an hour and 15 minutes and costs $7 (kids under 12 free per paying adult).