New mural brightens Jamieson's Building in Whitehorse

A group of young artists has been given an 'awesome opportunity' this week to put their creativity to work on a large mural.

Young artists learn the art of spray painting at Splintered Craft studio

'It's pretty fun, there's a lot of room to be creative,' said Lia Fabre-Dimsale, one of the artists working on the mural. (Sandi Coleman/CBC)

The newest piece of work from Whitehorse's Splintered Craft art studio is hard to miss — it covers two sides of the highly-visible Jamieson's Building, on Fourth Avenue in downtown Whitehorse.

The mural has been a group project this week, for a couple of young artists and an experienced graffiti artist who's teaching them some of the finer points of spray-painting.

One of the artists, Lia Fabre-Dimsdale, said the design "doesn't really symbolize anything."

"This is my first time doing something this big," she said, wielding a spray can. "I don't want to make it too weird looking."

'It's looking pretty good,' said Jona Barr, with Fabre-Dimsdale. (Sandi Coleman/CBC)

"I kind of just put up what I thought would be odd to see, like not necessarily pleasing, but just something like, 'oh, that was different today, I wonder what I'll encounter tomorrow,' you know?"

Jona Barr, who helps manage the Splintered Craft studio, called it an "awesome opportunity" for the young artists.

"They're both pretty amazing artists, as you can see. That's why we picked them to participate," he said.

Barr says the mural is already grabbing attention. Some people have inquired at the studio about enlisting young people to design other colourful walls or fences.

"Hopefully this will turn into a few more mural jobs that we can hook the youth up with and they can learn and create," Barr said.

With files from A New Day


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