Downtown Courtenay looking for artists for new mural

Mural to reflect entrepreneurial spirit

The Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (DCBIA) is putting out a call for artists interested in adding some colour to the downtown core this spring.

With the support of Benjamin Moore paints and other downtown merchants, the DCBIA is looking for an artist (or artists) to create the first of, hopefully, many, new downtown murals.

According to DCBIA vice-president Jenny Deters, the project’s aim is to “visually enrich the downtown community through creativity and animation by engaging local artists to tell the story of Downtown Courtenay’s past.”

The first building to receive a colourful new look will be the Golden Carriage Restaurant, owned by Norm Leung, former owner of Leung’s Grocery.

The mural is meant to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the family-run grocery and should have a vintage, 1950s feel.

Interested artists can submit a sample design, ideas and/or portfolio of other works by March 5 to or in person at Rattan Plus Home & Patio. Keep in mind that the medium will be paint on brick.

“Our Mural Committee will be narrowing it down to three artists by mid-March. From there we will decide if all three would like to work together or if one artist in particular stands out,” says Deters.

“We’re all very excited about this new venture. It’s a great opportunity for artists to collaborate and create a stunning shared vision that will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.”

Painting of the mural will occur in April and May. For further information and submission guidelines, email or call 250-338-0211.