Walk around DC: episode #7, downtown murals

Each week throughout the summer we’ll feature a Mile Zero milestone for locals to rediscover and tourists to check out for the very first time!

The Dawson Creek Art Gallery, the South Peace Art Society, and the City of Dawson Creek have been sponsoring a annual mural project in the business center of Dawson Creek since 2000. Each of the murals represents some aspect of the Building of the Alaska Highway and the community’s history relating to that important event. The murals are designed to enhance the alleyways of the downtown core and to provide an interesting experience for visitors to the community.

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The first mural, depicting an historical street scene of Dawson Creek during the building of the highway, was designed by local artist Inez Demuynck and coordinated by the Art Gallery in 2000.

In 2001 the second mural was completed. This mural was designed by artist Calvin Kruk, featuring images of significant people and representational groups in the community’s history.

In 2002 Monica Da Ros and Terri LeGear completed a landscape mural on the north wall of Picture It Framing and Gallery and Tiger Stationers. This work was a salute to the important farming economy of our region.

Two murals were completed in 2003. In the spring, a brightly colouredwork, designed by Yellowknife artist Dawn Oman, was installed on 102nd Ave. Dawn Oman worked with teacher Lorraine Beggs and the students from the Visual Art program at South Peace Senior Secondary to create this wonderful image of the north.

Throughout the summer, Shannon Tilley and Terri LeGear completed three panels depicting scenes of the Building of Alaska Highway in 1942. Included in the project is a historical map of the route from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks Alaska, as well as images of the challenging terrain that met the men and machines that built the highway.

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