Three artists have received a Squamish Arts Council grant to create a collaborative, paint-by-number mural that the entire community will be invited to paint.
The 150 square feet outdoor mural will be designed by artist Tawx’sin Yexwulla in a traditional Coast Salish style.
It will then be turned into a paint-by-number image that the community will paint together with the help of Paintillio, an art company founded by Jess Devenport and Lyssa Kayra.
Although the mural’s location hasn’t been confirmed, it will most likely be in downtown or at a park.
“This will be a fun project for the community because it’s FREE, family-friendly, and people of all ages can participate in making their mark on this collaborative mural that will live in Squamish for years to come,” says Jess.
The trio hopes to complete the mural project in August.
“The idea behind this mural is to have the Squamish community come together to create a collaborative piece based on the theme of light,” says Jess Devenport.
A North Shore-based artist, Aaron Nelson-Moody/Tawx’sin Yexwulla works in the Coast Salish tradition, and his work includes the doors at the BC-Canada pavilion at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.
Paintillio creates custom paint-by-number kits and collaborative murals from any photo or image for individuals and groups to paint.
“No matter where we show up, we’re dedicated to bringing and being our best, while living into our purpose of making people happy through creativity, connection, community and collaboration,” says Lyssa Kayra.