Murals beautify Stettler signs

Three mini-murals created by local residents were selected for parks in Stettler this summer.

Three mini-murals created by local residents were selected for parks in Stettler this summer.

Compositions by Shaelyn Dahl, Graham Scott and Nathan Spencer were top winners in a website contest by Heartland Beautification Committee. The winning entries become murals on the backsides of information signs at West Stettler Park, Lakeside Cemetery and the off-leash dog park.

“In 2012, our Communities in Bloom judges identified that the backs of our new information signs were empty,” said Rob Spencer, who chairs the committee for the Town of Stettler.

“They suggested that we place a mural or other artwork on the backs, as it would add an additional beautification feature in different parts of town.”

With 11 entries, contest winners each won 150 Heart of Alberta dollars, though Scott donated his back to the committee.

“As a committee, we decided to hold a contest to get local artists to submit their artwork capturing their concept of the themes that represent Stettler,” Spencer said.

“All submissions were placed on the town website and people had the opportunity to vote.”

The three murals will be printed and placed on the sign backs.

“One of the main reasons for this contest is to encourage involvement from the community and to collect material from talented folks,” Spencer said.

“It fits with our heritage conservation committee work at the same time and it will have themed material.”

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