LOCATION: near 5514 Wharf Ave.
MURAL: Stoneshores, 2008
ARTIST: Jan Poynter
MEDIUM: Acrylic paint
As part of a Sechelt Downtown Revitalization Plan, the District of Sechelt and BC Hydro put out a call for artists to decorate various utility boxes. Local artist Jan Poynter was awarded the project, and ‘Driftwood’ was the theme selected. Each of the boxes depicts different ‘phases’ of driftwood - from log boom, to stranded high tide logs, to small bits of driftwood among the stones.
Stoneshores is painted directly onto a large BC Hydro utility box on Wharf Ave. It features the local seastone shoreline along with large stumps and driftwood jumbled in front of the dark forest. Pale grey beach grass and evergreen salal peek through the bits of wood. Perched atop stumps and rocks are seagulls and crows. Look closely and you may find a black bear peering from the darkness.
Jan Poynter studied Painting and Printmaking at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art Design) and continued in Art Education at UBC. Poynter now works as a professional artist, illustrator, and art instructor in Gibsons.