Friday, February 17, 2012

Travelling Thru ...

Longview, Alberta

Driving down the backroads ...
east of Longview ...
saw a few Bald Eagles ...
was able to capture this one sitting in the tree ...

As we continued on our way ...
this beautiful building caught our eyes ...

We had to stop and take a few pictures ...
absolutely amazing ... !!!

Longview Hall gets an artistic facelift

Longview residents and visitors will now be seeing more of the village's history.
The Longview Community hall is now the home of a multi-wall mural on the exterior of the building that will tell the history of the site.
Local artist Matts Zoumer , assisted by Dakoda Merkley, a Longview resident and Alberta College of Art and Design student worked on the mural.  They couldn't stand seeing a bare wall so they thought a mural was a good idea.
 Some mock sketches were drawn up, presented and it went over well. They started on the project.

This is not the first mural Zoumer has done. He's done other murals in Longview, some in Okotoks and in Calgary, including with the Calgary Stampede. He does work for them painting scenes on windows for the iconic event.
After this project,  work began on a mural for the River Roadhouse in High River.

Some of the murals range from 50-feet high to 200 feet and he loves doing them.

Zoumer is also an accomplished cartoonist who has published books of his collections and also does chainsaw sculpture.

For this project he researched the history of the site and talked to locals about the area.
The site has been around since the 1920s but it's gone through a number of changes in that time. It started as a pigpen.
One of the walls will chronicle activities that have happened at the hall, such as some of Ian Tyson's legendary concerts and another side will celebrate the agricultural activities that happened on the site.

 The third side will be a landscape painting of the view from the hall.
It was mostly a farming community. No cowboys or ranching here. 
When the mural was finished,  60 brands of local families were painted around the edges.

"Everybody is really enjoying it," Matt Zoumer said. "It's quite personal for the people who have the brands here. It will be a nice window into history."

Hope to stop in a check out the inside of the Hall ...
 one day when we travel to High River, AB.

Happy Birthday Mike ... !!!!


  1. What a great look that is for the will have lots of reason to stop once you start traveling to HR.
    Good eye to capture that eagle,

  2. Love the pics. I think all buildings should have some sort of painting on it. Love Kendall


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