Bill Johnson initiates the mural unveiling of "50 Years and Counting" at Empire Collision in Edmonton.
Bill Johnson of Empire Collision speaking during the official and literal mural unveiling of "50 Years and Counting." Empire Collision donated a 1964 Mustang and a 2014 Mustang to be raffled off for the Kids Cottage charity; during the event the keys to the ‘64 Mustang were awarded.
Aaron Irving and Benson Cole of the Oil Kings graciously sign autographs and show both the Memorial Cup and the Ed Chynoweth Trophy at the mural unveiling. The team’s 51st anniversary of winning the memorial cup is shown at the far left and right of the mural.
Silk acrobats pouring wine helped ring in a grand celebration at Empire Collision.
Gracing my side at the mural unveiling was my amazing sister Jessie Roberts, who helped me appreciate months of working on an artwork as a good time!
I had the privilege of meeting Diane Jones-Konihowski at the mural unveiling. It was amazingly cool to meet a fantastic athlete I painted in Victory at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, who also saw my first Edmonton visit as a child. I was a blur in the stands, with my parents.
Bill Johnson, John Howard, myself, and Ken Smoley at the mural unveiling. Working with these clients who want to give back to the city that treated them well with a giant artwork was a great journey and story to capture in paint!