New downtown Vernon mural completed in memory of Dalvir Nahal

New mural completed

A new mural is gracing the streets of downtown Vernon.

The butterfly mural on 28th Avenue is on the south wall of the 105.7 Pure Country radio building.

It was painted by Vernon mural artist Michelle Loughery with assistance from several collaborators, in conjunction with Vernon's Gallery Vertigo.

It was created in memory of late Vernon councillor Dalvir Nahal who died in 2021.

It consists of large butterflies surrounded by "Okanagan sunflowers" (arrowleaf balsamroot) that covers Okanagan hills in the spring.

Brigitte Red with the gallery said the self-funded project "is in honour of Dalvir and the light she shone on our community."

It's part of the larger Sunflower Skirts exhibit at Gallery Vertigo, which tells women's stories.

Creating the mural "really had a sense of bringing the community together," said Red.

Loughery said some touch ups and glazing are still required, but the mural is otherwise complete.

"It was a positive, wonderful experience," Loughery said. "People were coming by, wanting to help and taking selfies in front of it.

"Sometimes all it takes is some colour to do good in the world."

During an opening reception for the exhibit at the gallery, a dedication to Nahal was made with about 100 people in attendance, including family members of the much-loved councillor.

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