Mural unveiled celebrating 100 years of Community Hall and Canada 150

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 6 2017

The Board of the Gabriola Island Community Hall Association (GICHA) unveiled a new mural on the outside of the hall this past Wednesday, May 31, created by Gabriola artist Hayden Harvey. 

Joyce Babula, GICHA director, said, “It was heartening to see so many community members yesterday as they came to support Hayden’s work and the community hall itself. The institution is celebrating 100 years of providing space for Gabriolans to celebrate, exercise and meet.

“We will continue to celebrate the hall and Canada’s 150 birthday at the Annual Salmon Barbeque on Saturday, August 12.”

The mural is entitled Tlaal’twx, which translates as “Rich Place.” Harvey’s assignment from the Board was to represent Gabriola’s history, including both the pioneer and First Nations components of Gabriola’s past. The building depicted in the mural is the old school house which stood where the Community Hall property is today. 

Harvey dedicated the mural to the late Jim Demler.

Babula said, “The community hall Board thanks Laurie Bienert, executive director at the Nanaimo Foundation, and Canada 150 for financial support of the mural project.”

Judges involved in the mural project were Mary Holdgrafer from the Gabriola Arts Council; Celestine Aleck, liaison worker, Snuneymuxw First Nations; Tony Vickers, former GICHA board member; Lisa Griffiths, president of the Gabriola Museum Board; and Babula.

Babula said Hayden has been active in the Gabriola art scene since she was a child.

“She could be found at the kids’ craft table at many community events, and as a young adult she helped out on art projects at the school as well as working with her mom on mosaic projects.”

The fish accompanying the mural were made by the participants in this year’s Adventure Day Camp through Silva Bay Kayak Adventures with Danielle Artuso and Hilary Masson. Helping them out was stained glass artist Darlene Mace. 

Artists creating the fish included Chantelle, Julieanne and Maria Hendriks; Finn Farr-Lamb; Everest Keane; Aurora Lissimore; Kate Pearson; Lillia Craig-Wilson; Henna Stok-Hills; Nico Bonder; and Tehya Haentjens Gillis.