Many buildings that were spread out over the Old Towne of Beverly are brought together for a mural showing one street scene, giving a giant painted snapshot of what it was like to be there back then.
As a Canadian mural artist I love working with my hands to create art. These blue collar coal miners would have toiled with their hands to provide light and power to Edmonton in their day, showcasing the town’s coal mining roots.
Locally owned businesses like the Danilowich Store and the Dando Block helped the town of Beverly become what it is today. The mural has these small businesses brought together so their buildings form one street scene.
The mural shows how farming was the life of the Prin Family in Beverly, a historical neighbourhood now part of Edmonton. Like many farm families of their time lunch was served outside for all the farm hands, beside their freshly tilled sienna coloured fields.
The historic mural of Beverly starts on our left with the Humberstone coal mine in the foreground and the Beverly Coal mine in the background, and it’s iconic coal tipple. A photo of the coal tipple is used for the Beverly Historical Society's logo, so it was important to paint a recognizable likeness.
The Beverly Central School, Beverly Cenotaph, and Beverly General Store illustrate the community's history in this mural. Having Alberta's oldest cenotaph the Edmonton neighbourhood recently restored their monument in time for Remembrance Day ceremonies, so the public can pay their respects like the figures painted in the mural.
Pedestrians walk by the old Beverly Town Hall, a brick building which is brightly painted with purple hues. Next door, a mechanic at Carter's garage prospers with a variety of old cars to work on, while the garage itself is in yellow ochre to contrast and compliment the town hall and bring colour harmony to the mural.
Jacob and Aafje Prin settle down for coffee outside in their field, and enjoy all the hard work behind their farming life. Behind them farmhands lead a horse pulling a cart loaded with seed, ready to plant the red earth fields painted in the mural.