Come and See
By Linda Carlson
Over the past several weeks a drab concrete ramp wall has been transformed into a colourful and whimsical link between Fishermans Wharf and Fishermans Wharf Park.
A Great Neighbourhood Grant from the City of Victoria enabled the James Bay Neighbourhood Association (JBNA) to hire a muralist, who in turn engaged numerous children and youth from the community into the project.
Muralist Cameron Kidd came highly recommended to the JBNA by a prominent James Bay artist. In addition to being a successful artist, Cameron has worked on large mural projects involving youth. He invited about 60 elementary school children from the neighbourhood to draw chalk images on the wall of things they would find in James Bay. Based on the children’s ideas, Cameron painted shapes on the wall. A group of recent arrivals to Canada, aged 10 to 13 from the Inter Cultural Association summer camp, painted the shapes in solid colours. Detail was added by youth from the Volunteer Victoria Youth Group and Cameron finished painting the mural.
Jackson’s Ice Cream at Fishermans Wharf provided participants with ice cream, Cloverdale Paint donated the paint, and staff from Fishermans Wharf ensured site safety and comfort for all. The James Bay Neighbourhood Association thanks all who contributed to the success of this project. Come and enjoy this colourful addition to our neighbourhood!