Mystery brought to life

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Amherst Mural Project continues

Do you believe in ghosts? You would if you lived in Amherst in 1878 when the town, and the world, was captivated by the story of Esther Cox.

Mystery brought to life

Do you believe in ghosts? You would if you lived in Amherst in 1878 when the town, and the world, was captivated by the story of Esther Cox.

Coxs story, The Great Amherst Mystery, is being brought back to life in full colour as the latest addition to the Amherst Mural Project. Mural artists Richard Rudnicki and Susan Tooke are presently painting the projects 11th mural on the north side of the Preview Realty Building at the corner of Victoria and LaPlanche streets in downtown Amherst.

Its a mural thats been in the planning stages for quite some time and were pleased to see it going up on the building, Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society chair Beth Munroe said. It was one of the first murals identified by DARS and the mural committee to be completed. The key was conducting the research and finding an appropriate location.

Tooke, who is completing her fourth Amherst mural, and Rudnicki began the mural a couple of weeks ago and depending on weather conditions could be finished later this month.

This mural is just another example of how this project has helped raise pride in the downtown while educating people in the communitys history, Munroe said. This mural is not as traditional as doing Old Home Week 1910, but it depicts a series of events that were documented by reputable individuals as having taken place in Amherst. Its the one thing visitors and tourists ask about, but beyond the brochure theres very little information.

Munroe said the Sports Mural on the south side of Your Place Fitness Salon is just receiving a few touch ups and should be dedicated soon while plans are under way to eventually move the Hockey Heritage Mural from Dayles Department Store to its new home at the renovated Amherst Stadium. Dayles is planning a mural depicting the buildings history back to the Two Barkers a century ago.

Amherst has become known for its murals, both the quality and the magnitude of them. The program has evolved to include the tree sculptures and hopefully the sandstone sculptures, Rhonda Kelly of CREDA said. Its really enhanced the image and a lot of towns in the region are thinking of duplicating this.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society, Preview Realty Building, Sports Mural Hockey Heritage Mural

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Victoria

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