Artist Marisa Philips has transformed the north wall at the Kootenay Child Development Centre from a blank canvas to a whimsical landscape of the four Kootenay seasons.
The mural depicts a transition from spring to winter with familiar scenes of several Cranbrook landmarks. Steeples Range, Fisher Peak and Mount Baker are all captured in the winter season scene, a babbling mountain brook flows through the spring, and a large, majestic tree stretches its branches over summer and autumn.
The mural is a special treat for Kids Connections Preschool. The preschool holds the mural in its outside play space – an addition sure to activate the imagination of the children who fill the yard.
Paq’mi Nuq’yuk Aboriginal Early Years, School District No. 5, the Cranbrook Early Childhood Development Committee and a donation in memoriam contributed to the project to help make it a reality.
Sandor Rentals donated the use of scaffolding for the project. Paint and supplies were from The Painted Crate – Benjamin Moore.
The Cranbrook Early Childhood Development Committee wishes to thank all of the above contributors – the mural is a reality because of you!
Theresa Bartraw is a Cranbrook Early Childhood Development Coordinator