Mural takes shape in Layritz Park in Saanich – Victoria News

Layritz Park is now working on the third and final mural for Saanich’s community mural project. Painting started on September 21.

Local artist and resident of Saanich Jesse Campbell was selected to design and paint the mural, with contributions from Tsarlip First Nation artist Chazz Elliott.

“I lived in Saanich for many years and always thought there was an opportunity for more public art,” Campbell said in a press release. “That’s why I seized my chance when I saw the call for artists as part of this program.”

Campbell has been a professional artist since 2010 and has contributed artwork in the Greater Victoria area and beyond.

The artist, who is of Michif (Métis), Salteaux, Cree, Scottish and English descent, recently completed a mural of Métis matriarch Valarie Campbell for Calgary’s BUMP Festival.

In addition to his artwork, Campbell mentors youth in the field of murals and teaches various forms of indigenous art found in North America.

“Becoming an artist was a career path that chose me in a way,” he said. “I have tried many professions, but murals and art have always been a passion of mine and I am very happy to be able to do this full time.”

The mural is expected to be completed by mid-October. Claire Crawford’s mural at the entrance to Cedar Hill Recreations and Arts Center and Sarah Jim’s mural in Beckwith Park are now completed and ready to be viewed.

The next phase of the district’s community mural project will emphasize support for community-led murals.

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