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First mural of 2020 completed in Kelowna's Rutland neighbourhood

Artist Ali Bruce (left) completed her mural in Rutland over the August long weekend as part of the Uptown Mural Project.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Uptown Mural Project
August 07, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Rutland residents now have a colourful new mural to admire as part of the Uptown Mural Project.

The project started last year as a way to beautify blank walls around Rutland. The first of potentially six new murals for the 2020 season was completed this past B.C. Day long weekend by artist Ali Bruce. It features vibrant shapes creating the image of a woman inside a house.

The Uptown Rutland Business Association announced Phase Two of the Uptown Mural Project at the end of July.

The new mural is located at 170 Rutland Rd. North where tenants Rutland Vapes, Kinara Mortgages, Kim’s Hair Studio and Living Faith Miracle Centre lease space. Four to six more murals will be painted before the snow falls, said URBA executive director Karen Beaubier.

Last year, seven murals were painted on businesses around Rutland.

The mural project was open to artists in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

“The goal is to come out with beautiful art that’s not commercialized,” Beaubier said. “Each and every one of them are so different.”

With the mission to democratize art and revitalize the urban landscape, the mural project supports and improves the cultural, social and economic vitality of the Rutland community, according to a business association news release.

Beaubier will be updating the mural project’s Facebook page and the business association’s social media once an artist starts painting so residents can visit and see the process, she said.

To see the murals for yourself, visit the mural project's website here to find their locations.

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Uptown Mural Project

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