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Visit some familiar faces with help from local artist

Mairi Budreau poses with the real — and the painted — Mel Rothenburger at her Walks of Life oil-painting exhibit in Kamloops.
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KAMLOOPS - NHL veteran Mark Recchi never played for the Edmonton Oilers, but he can be seen in oil in downtown Kamloops until next week.

His portrait is part of Mairi Budreau's 'Walks of Life' series of oil-based portraits representing significant Kamloopsians. The art exhibit is on display for one more week at the Kamloops Arts Council in the Old Courthouse and features faces remarkably familiar within the Tournament Capital.

The exhibit was designed to showcase citizens who were either born in Kamloops and went on to do something significant or who came to the city and did something significant.

The series consists of 13 portraits showcasing the likes of NHL superstar and Kamloops native Mark Recchi and Kamloops' weatherman for Global TV, Mark Madryga.

And you don't have to be a television star to be recognized in Budreau's exhibit either — also showcased are Kamloops Symphony Orchestra music director Bruce Dunn and Zofia Cisowski, mother of Robert Dziekanski who was tasered to death by police in Vancouver.

Budreau's portraits are impeccable and instantly recognizable. Some are easily mistaken for photographs, and it's likely due to Budreau's lengthy artistic resume, a passion that began for her at the age of 10 when she met a Group of Seven member. Throughout her artistic career she worked as a private contractor, and practiced with acrylics, pencil, photography, carving and film before finding significance in the Tournament Capital.

She sunk roots in Kamloops herself in the mid-2000s and graduated from T.R.U. with a graphic design diploma. She now works at the university and lives with her husband in Kamloops. More of her work can be found online.

The exhibition is open to the public at the Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour St. W until Oct. 26.

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