[dropcap]T[/dropcap]The seventh and latest mural of the Richmond Heritage Mural Gallery, a project of the Richmond Village Association Inc., was unveiled June 16th to a volley of musket fire and the approval of a large gathering attending Richmond’s 200th Celebration Weekend.
The latest mural, by Richmond artist Karen Xarchos adds to several of her works proudly hanging on the exterior of the Richmond Arena where the Heritage Mural Gallery resides.
The first mural in the Heritage Mural Gallery, depicting the clearing of the Richmond Road, was unveiled November 8th, 2000. Subsequent murals depict Richmond at various points in history over the past 200 years. It has been almost eight years since the addition of the last mural highlighting the Second World War and honouring those who served from Richmond and Goulbourne.
It goes without saying that the artist’s latest mural captures and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the village perfectly. With scenes depicting the founders of the village, the 100th regiment, the fox, early landmarks, milling, farming, the Jock, the Richmond Fair, our Olympic Golf Gold Medalist, other notable sports history and even the Richmond Bakery the story is told in vivid detail!
During the unveiling ceremony, Tino Bevacqua representing the RVA, called for assistance citing the need for people who were good at “pulling strings” to help unveil the mural. Spotting Pierre Poilievre M.P. in the crowd he pressed him into service, followed shortly by Goldie Ghamari MPP, Councilor Scott Moffatt and RVA President David Proulx. Adding to the ground crew a number of spectators pitched in to help out.
In a welcome show of Federal/Provincial/Municipal/Community-wide co-operation the mural unveiling was completed without incident for all to enjoy!