The Canada Post Building at 3101-32nd Ave. in 2000. Michelle Loughery’s Multicultural Mural is almost complete. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #21630)

The Canada Post Building at 3101-32nd Ave. in 2000. Michelle Loughery’s Multicultural Mural is almost complete. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #21630)

Vernon history in pictures

A look back as Vernon artist Michelle Loughery puts the finishing touches on one of her terrific murals

Vernon artist Michelle Loughery has done a lot for downtown Vernon.

As pictured, Loughery has been partly responsible for beautifying Vernon’s historic downtown with murals, including the one shown which is Loughery completing the Multicultural Mural in 2000 that graces the outside of the Canada Post building on 32nd Avenue.

According to tourismvernon.com, the murals of Vernon “are known around the world for their depiction of the history of the town over the years. They portray the history, culture, scenery, and folklore that made Vernon what it is today. These 28 works of art cover several points in time from cowboys to geishas and as well as important locations, people, and events in our history.”

The murals were painted by local artists, including Loughery, as a multi-year collaborative effort of youth employment, revitalization, and heritage conservation strategies.

You can take a virtual walking tour of the murals here.

In the summer, guided tours may be available through the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives by calling 250-550-3140.

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