Mural labour of love for Brookswood artist

A newly unveiled mural that stretches along the east wall of the Royal Bank building in Brookswood has a simple message: community.

The introduction of the acrylic art piece was a highlight of Summerfest at RBC Saturday afternoon, June 13.

Artist Felicity Holmes joined dignitaries including Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Holmes completed the piece in roughly four months, working at her home studio in Brookswood.

The mural features images distinctive to the area, including Tattoo, the fibreglass horse statue that was vandalized in Brookswood Park just before last year’s Summerfest.

“You’ve got everything to do with family and everything that you can offer a family here,” she said, describing the mural. “You’ve got your BMX, you’ve got your skateboarding, you’ve got horse riding, you’ve got the playhouse, you’ve got the ukulele that’s very reminiscent, and you’ve got the soccer and the kids playing, so it’s all about family and all about community.”

Holmes used high-grade acrylic paint and received wood from Dependable Industries to create the mural.

“I am so honoured for everyone who came to help me and put my name forward to do this,” said Holmes, who has lived in Brookswood for the past 19 years. “Art is everything.”

Holmes said she used “bright colours intentionally so that people can really see it.”

Art is a hobby for Holmes, who works as a weekend manager at Backyard Vineyards in Langley.

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