Whether you are riding up the chair in anticipation of your upcoming run or are inside warming up with a cup of hot chai, patrons of Whitewater Winter Resort can now enjoy the view from the Silver King Chair both inside and outside of the lodge.
Selkirk College’s Kootenay School of the Arts (KSA) students Ian Edmonds and Branda Shirlean Avis were recently commissioned to paint a “monochrome mountain mural” in the stairwell entrance of the Whitewater Lodge, using black and white latex paint and a matte varnish.
General Manager Brian Cusack was mainly responsible for soliciting bids for the mural. “I was feeling like the lodge needed a bit of ‘character’,” explained Cusack. “I spoke to KSA and within a week I had some interest from students. I employed the individuals that best suited my needs and could meet my expectations, timeframe and budget.”
The students, Branda Shirlean Avis and Ian Edmonds, are currently enrolled in the Fibre and Metal programs at KSA. The mural project fit in with their programs not only because it was an artistic endeavor, but also because it introduced them to the real-life experience of drawing up a proposal, working within a budget and meeting a tight deadline – all things they will have to be familiar with when they begin their careers in the arts
“We only had two weeks to get it done in the middle of exam time at school. It was a good opportunity to meet some pre-season ski locals and get our art on the wall where people are really going to see it,” said Branda.“The monochrome mountains seemed like a great way to fill the space in the time allotted for the project.”
The reaction to the mountain mural has been very positive. “It brightens up the lodge and even engages our clientele - the right tree on the mural is a tree that you can see from the Silver King lift. People like to try and find it on their way up,” said Cusack. “We are very happy with the product and are thoroughly impressed with the students’ work.”
First published on March 02, 2009