Coleman Webb, Yaël Oosthuizen, Bethany Pardoe and Abigail Cole at the official opening of their mural on the front of the Nelson and District youth Centre on Lake Street. Missing from the photo is artist Soleil Babcock. See more photos of the full mural below. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Youth centre mural unveiled

A new painting on the Nelson and District Youth Centre was created by five local youth artists.

On Friday, the Nelson and District Youth Centre unveiled a mural painted by youth artists over the summer.

Soleil Babcock, Yaël Oosthuizen, Bethany Pardoe and Abigail Cole created the work, coordinated by artist Colman Webb.

Standing on the sidewalk, surveying the piece, the artists were all smiles.

“I am amazed there was so much that went into this, so many days, and it turned out so good,” said Oosthuizen. “It’s like when I see it I am instantly happy. It is definitely part of all of us.”

“I would like a chance to do this on every blank wall in town,” Cole said.

“I am proud of everyone and proud of myself,” Webb added. “We worked as a group through some struggles, but we worked through them all.”

The mural was a project of the youth centre, the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Nelson Youth Action Network.


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