This mural is about the beginnings of the town of Beverly in Edmonton; their growing, their evolution, and celebrating their 100th anniversary. The neighbourhood's history becomes alive in a giant snapshot of the past, showing what it would be like to be there back then. A bright palate was used with earthy yellows and ochres for a warm country feeling, to bring the past alive in the viewer’s eyes.
Beverly Beginnings was the 11th mural from the Giants of Edmonton, a partnership program between Capital City Clean Up and 630 CHED radio. As a large and bright way to deter graffiti and beatify Edmonton, the Giants of Edmonton mural program chose local subjects to honour Edmonton's best, as voted by the public.
‘Beverly Beginnings’ depicts the past one hundred years of the original Town of Beverly, and traces its 19th century coal mining roots through the agricultural era of the 1930s and 40s.
“Edmonton is a city of diverse communities with rich, varying backgrounds, and it’s important that we honour their past while looking ahead to their future,” said Councillor Tony Caterina.
“The Giants of Edmonton program allows us to commemorate the rich history of the Beverly area while beautifying our city and deterring graffiti vandalism.” The mural was created by local artist Kris Friesen and is located on the east wall of the Pioneer Jewellery & Loan building located at 3906 118 Avenue.
“Beverly is a vibrant community full of locally-owned businesses, and this mural exemplifies the civic pride that exists here.” The Giants of Edmonton mural program is a partnership between Capital City Clean Up’s Graffiti Management Program and 630 CHED.
The City of Edmonton helped start centennial celebrations for one of the city’s neighbourhoods Thursday with a mural depicting the area’s history.
A mural, called ‘Beverly Beginnings’ by artist Kris Friesen, was unveiled Thursday morning in the area of 39 Street and 118 Avenue.
The painting outlines the area’s 19th century coal mining history, through the agricultural era of the 1930s and 1940s.
The mural is the first of several celebrations honouring Beverly’s centennial.
In celebration of the centennial of the Town of Beverly, they received a giant from the city.
The mural is part of The Giants of Edmonton mural program which is a partnership between Capital City Clean Up’s (CCCU) Graffiti Management Program and Corus Entertainment.
We work with them and the community to make sure it is a good fit.” The mural was created by local artist Kris Friesen and is located on the east wall of the Pioneer Jewellery and Loan building located on the corner of 3906 118 Ave. “The Beverly mural came about because there originally was a mural on the building, but it was deteriorating and unfortunately was no longer in a state to remain on the building,” Hayes said.
It is about the first beginnings of the town; their growing, their evolution and celebrating their 100th anniversary.” For information on the program and a list of past Giants of Edmonton murals, visit edmonton.ca/capitalcitycleanup.
Artist Kris Friesen stands in front of his work called Beverly Beginnings, depicting the past 100 years of the original town of Beverly on the east wall of the Pioneer Jewellry & Loan Building in 2014.
The east wall of Pioneer Jewellery and Loan (39 Street and 118 Avenue) hosts this latest edition to the Beverly mural collection.
The mural on the north wall of R.J. Scott School depicts the founding industries of Beverly: farm life, the Prins farm, the bush Mine offices, Reg Carter’s Garage and the Grand Trunk Pacific train crossing the new Cloverdale Bridge in 1909.
This mural project represents the champions who enabled the sports programs in Beverly.
Personal investments of time and money made the hockey, baseball and soccer programs viable.
Beverly Beginnings Mural Main page content begins here by Kris Friesen, created 2014 Pioneer Jewellery & Loan 3906 118 Avenue Long before it amalgamated with the City of Edmonton in 1962, the community of Beverly declared itself a town in 1914.
It was built on the seams of coal that ran beneath its feet, the local farmers who shopped at its stores and the small businesses that thrived on its main street.
Beverly Beginnings celebrates the 100th anniversary of Beverly as a town, and is the 11th Giants of Edmonton in our series.
The Beverly Beginnings mural unveiling event!
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