Chemainus loves a good party, and the unveiling of three new murals on Saturday, Aug. 20 was a great opportunity to celebrate.
In addition to seeing three additions to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society’s Emily Carr collection, everyone got to see a fun puppet show, meet “Emily Carr” AKA Molly Raher Newman, beat the heat with some cool jazz by keyboardist Larry Blatchford, meet some friendly Mounties, and celebrate the work of muralists, Mario Labonte and Cim MacDonald, who is also long-time curator of the mural collection and was given an award for her work in maintaining this important tourist attraction in Chemainus.
North Cowichan Coun. Al Siebring, deputizing for Mayor Jon Lefebure on the day, said that although the murals have been part of the Chemainus scenery for a long time now, their appeal never fades as the number of visitors to the community is up this year.
Restoration work has been going on all week as well as artist Arthur Cheng refreshes his mural, Memories of a Chinese Boy.