That magic translates onto the wall as Kay first stretches out the big picture and then turns her attention to the little details that bring depth and context. This project is her first time creating a landscape mural and the inspiration hasn’t been hard to find.
“It’s a love letter to Vancouver Island,” she says. “I hope that I am communicating a real sense of movement in the piece, and when people look at it they can feel that because Power To Be is all about getting people moving.”
There is also a personal connection to the value of the work Power To Be does. Kay lived at Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Alberta for five years during her childhood, and the experience had a profound impact on her.
“I got to know how powerful outdoor pursuits can be as a technique for empowering people with disabilities or illness. Giving people rich and interesting experiences it really important work and I am really honoured to be painting something that is a tribute to that.”
The mural, located at 920 Johnson Street, will be officially unveiled Monday, June 12, 5-6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
From everyone at Power To Be, thank you to the team at Leadership Victoria for making this project happen, DNL Holdings for providing the wall space, Kay Gallivan for bringing it to life and the generous sponsors who support it (Richlock Rentals and Sales, Cloverdale Paint and Our Place).