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.