Fraser Mural Program returns for second year
Break out your brushes, smocks and paint because the Fraser Mural Program is returning for its second year.
The Fraser Public Arts Committee (PAC) created the program last summer as a way to beautify the town, helping to create four murals in the area. Several residents also took a cue and began designing their own works on their residences. But the program is expected to expand this year as the PAC tries to solidify Fraser as a haven for the arts.
“It’s just cool seeing the momentum starting to go the right way, and I just feel that the more art that comes up to Fraser is helping to create its identity,” said Eric Vandernail, a PAC member. “Hopefully we can get to the point where we are a creative arts district, and people want to come to Fraser to see all the art that’s happening up here.”
Vandernail said the PAC expects to complete murals on two or three government owned buildings this year, and that the program will be able to fund a number of other projects by private residents and business owners.
The town approved a budget increase for the PAC late last year, nearly tripling last year’s budget of $7,500 to $20,000. Interested parties can apply through the town for $1,000 grants offered by the PAC to create murals on their homes or businesses. The application should be finalized by early next month.
The PAC is also looking to create a sculpture program. This year three sculptures will be placed throughout town: “Otterly Pointless” by Pati Stajcar will be placed by the Fraser Historic Church, “Ribbon Dance” by Kendra Fleischman will be placed by the Fraser Valley Rec Center, and “Breaking Through” by Kevin Robb will be placed at Goranson Station.
“Those sculptures will be up for a year, and then hopefully we’ll get new artists to put up new sculptures,” said Vandernail. “As time goes on we’re hoping we’ll get more locations, and we’ll start doing more than three.”
On top of bringing a little extra art into the town, the PAC is also interested in creating a network of artists they can call on to help with murals, and just get as many people involved as possible.
“I think the more murals and sculptures we get up, the more they will attract that creativity to the town,” said Vandernail. “It brings people out of the woodwork that want to be a part of it. It’s amazing how many creative people are up here that just don’t really have any exposure, or who just want to create art without marketing themselves. It’s been really cool coming across those people, telling them what we’re doing and seeing if they want to be a part of it.”
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