L’Ècole Sentiers-Alpins student Emily Horn and local artist Isabelle Houde were hard at work last week painting a mural of Horn’s design outside the Nelson and District Credit Union. Photo: Tyler Harper

Mural designed by Grade 5 student painted at credit union

L’Ècole Sentiers-Alpins’ Emily Horn and local artist Isabelle Houde finished the mural last week

All Emily Horn needed for inspiration was to remember everything she loves about her hometown.

The Grade 5 student at L’Ècole Sentiers-Alpins had her colourful illustration of a bear painted on the back of the Nelson and District Credit Union building.

“When I was first drawing it, I wanted to do a bear because I thought it symbolized Nelson a lot,” said Horn. “There’s so many bears here and I wanted to add all the activities that happen in Nelson.”

The project was a collaboration between the school, the credit union and local artist Isabelle Houde. Nearly 100 designs were submitted by students to the credit union’s staff, who voted on their favourite.

Houde, who helped Horn paint the mural, said the only restriction was students’ imaginations. Horn’s design, she said, stood out.

“I love it. All the colours, the intricate pattern in the bear, everything is beautiful.”

The finished piece, which was financed by the credit union and had paint donated by Nelson Farmers Supply, will also be featured during the Nelson International Mural Festival in August.

Every piece of art submitted for the mural will be on display Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club. A silent auction for the art will raise money for the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated the art display at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club is Friday. It is actually Thursday.


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Emily Horn’s design was chosen by credit union staff out of nearly 100 submissions. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson and District Credit Union senior manager Tom Atkins adds a splash of colour with Horn, who also had help from L’Ècole Sentiers-Alpins students. Photo submitted

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