The library’s new mural extolls reading—and artistry!

Stirling McKelvie had an idea for her required Senior Project at St. Pauls High School. But it included replacing an existing, faded mural on the public library’s rear wall with a mural of her own design. The Town government owns the library  building, so the red tape began, but, undaunted, she set to work to wade through it

The first  obstacle to overcome was to get permission from the Town for the art project, then the second was securing the materials needed for it. Then she had to prime the wall, a pretty big project in and of itself. So the SPHS JROTC cadets, led by Moises De Dios Perez, stepped up and pitched in to help Stirling get the wall prepared for her artistic touch. On several Saturday mornings, art students partnered with the JROTC cadets to get the art project underway. Not only did the cadets prime the wall for Stirling, they also pressure washed the library fence. Stirling has since installed her colourful and exuberant downtown masterpiece, made possible by the Town, fellow SPHS students, the library board of directors and fellow art students under the supervision of art instructor Joy McGugan The cheerful, finished, mural proclaims that reading can take you anyplace!