New mural completed at Westbank Museum – West Kelowna News
New fresco at the museum
The Westbank Museum got a little brighter over the weekend with the addition of a new mural.
The mural, painted on the side of the building, represents a historical perspective of the orchard and fruit packaging industries.
Executive Director Jeremiah Ryder said the museum has been working on a revitalization project for several weeks.
“Last year, during shutdown and COVID-19, we did a bunch of work inside. We cleaned, rearranged and repainted it and felt that with no improvements inside, we wanted the interior. “Exterior matches. Because this end represents a packaging factory that was common here in the early 20th century, we decided to have a mural here that reflected that as well,” he said.
A local artist named Barb Hanington created and painted the piece. The fresco was completed in the space of two months.
Ryder says the community has had a very positive reaction.
“We raised funds this spring. Each family who has donated $ 1,000 or more will receive a commemorative plaque that will represent an old box of apples or fruit. It will be placed on the boxes at the back of the truck.
The money raised will help the non-profit museum cover its operating costs.