fbpx
#25. 316 Victoria Street – The Mystic

#25. 316 Victoria Street – The Mystic

The Mystic Mural

“The Mystic” mural painted by Ken Wells in 2017 has an intriguing story behind it. The tale revolves around an old mystic man is sending his roses out into the world with his doves. The roses are received by the lady (painted at the front of the building) who doesn’t know where they’re coming from. The intention of this mural is the promotion of peace and love throughout the world. The moral behind the tale is one of sending love without knowing who the receiver is. The ladies’ patio in the painting seamlessly blends in with the office balcony that overlooks Victoria Street.

The story behind this mural remains something we can all learn a lesson from. Remember to send out love and gratitude to the universe knowing it will be received and sent back to you.

Ken Wells designed elements within this piece to camouflage parts of the building structure, thus the window became a bird cage. By using this technique, the artwork is not diluted by the building, nor the building diluted by the artwork.

Do you enjoy this mural? Let us know and check out more work done by Ken Wells by looking at his Flickr here. Additionally, you can check out more of his murals by scrolling through the mural gallery on our website.

 

#24. 301 Victoria Street – Homage to the Leland Hotel

#24. 301 Victoria Street – Homage to the Leland Hotel

Homage to the Leland Hotel Mural

The “Homage to the Leland Hotel” mural was designed as a tribute to celebrate Kamloops’ rich history.

Situated behind the McDonald’s on Victoria Street, this mural represents the buildings history. Created and painted by Evan Christian and his two assistants in 2017, the mural pays homage to a building destroyed in 1980. The Leland Hotel, built in 1905, met its end in flames. Conceptually, this mural pays homage to the rich history that Kamloops offers. It does so by recreating the memory of the Leland Hotel in a modern and unique way.

This colourful and energetic work of urban art was created with a combination of wall paint and spray paint. It’s a dynamic and contemporary addition to the collection of murals that we have accumulated downtown.

Although this is the only mural done by Evan Christian, this mural demonstrates his talents nicely.

Are you interested in going on a free tour of the back alley art murals? If so, you can contact the CAP team and let us know so we can arrange a time for your booking. But if you’d rather sit at home and take a tour though the murals, you can always tke a look at the back alley art gallery on our website!

#23. 366 Victoria Street – Bee City

#23. 366 Victoria Street – Bee City

Bee City Mural

The “Bee City” mural adds colour and creativity to the downtown core. The mural, painted by a number of local artists, brings a pleasant atmosphere to the area. The artists responsible for this mural are Alexx Moir-Porteous, Ken Wells, Evan Christian, Marianna Abutalipova and Kelly Wright. Artists worked on “Bee City” in the parking lot of the Kami Inn.

This collaborative mural decorates the side of Jonathan Buchner jewellery store and complements the parking lot nicely. Painted in a variety of styles by an array of artists, the flowers and bees in this mural allude to a much needed environmental awareness.

During the weekend of the Spring Festival in 2017, artists came together to combine their skills in this unique collaborative mural. Spring Fest of 2017 remains an exciting art event wherein an artist completed a mural over the weekend. Overall, the vivid display of colour and vibrancy adds to the atmosphere that we hope to perpetuate in downtown Kamloops.

Additionally, many of these artists designed other murals found around the downtown area.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the murals done by these artists, check out the back alley art gallery on our website.

Or if you’d like a free tour of the downtown murals, contact the CAP team to book one!

#22. 219 Victoria Street – Italian City

#22. 219 Victoria Street – Italian City

Italian City Mural

The “Italian City” mural painted by Ken Wells in 2012 is a unique perspective of an Italian neighbourhood. This painting offers a magnificent glimpse into Italian architecture. An archway creates a window into vibrant neighbourhood. With the theme of a meeting place, standing near this mural can offer a similar feeling of meeting with a dear friend.

Ken Wells painted a number of the murals located in downtown Kamloops. Within many of his murals, the viewer may see a small white dog painted in the scene. This breed of dog, a Welsh Sealyham Terrier, is a symbolic nod toward Wells’ mother, a dog breeder and artist  located in the United Kingdom.

After seeing this beautiful mural, you might be interested in checking out more of Ken Wells’ artwork. If that’s the case, you can find more of his work here.

If you’d like to see more of the murals from this back alley art gallery project, you can check them out on our website.

Additionally, the CAP team offers free tours of all the downtown murals. If you’re interested in booking one of these tours, contact the CAP team for more information. We would love the opportunity to share the beautiful art in our city!

#21. 231 Victoria Street – Tuscan Villa

#21. 231 Victoria Street – Tuscan Villa

Tuscan Villa Mural

The “Tuscan Villa” mural was painted in the alleyway of the 200 block of Victoria in 2011. Ken Wells’ art often features beautiful Italian scenery that create a nice cultural atmosphere in the downtown area. Similarly, there are other murals downtown featuring various cultures. The incorporation of the design of the building with the painting is an impressive aspect of this mural.

The mural consists of a few different parts. For instance, on one side a woman sits on a bench gazing toward a fountain and there are beautiful flowers above her head. Above the flowers a cat sits perched and peering down out of a painted window. One of the co-artists on this project can be found on the other side of the mural, Tyler wears beige overalls and reaches toward a light bulb. Beside him sits a red bike and nearby stands a woman on a ladder tending to the flowers on window sills.

Ken paint many of the excellent murals throughout the downtown area. Consequently, with such talent we keep asking him back for more. And you can check out more of these murals on his Flickr.

Did you know that the CAP team offers free tours of the downtown murals in Kamloops? Want to make a booking ASAP? You can do so on our website by following this link. Or you can contact us by email: capteam@downtownkamloops.com.

 

#20. 241 Victoria St. (Big Boot Inn) – Shoe Window Display

#20. 241 Victoria St. (Big Boot Inn) – Shoe Window Display

Shoe Window Display

The shoe window display mural located behind Big Boot Inn on the 200 block of Victoria depicts a storefront. Painted by artist Janice Gurney, this mural recreates the look and feel of a traditional old-style shoe shop. The “Shoe Window Display” mural presents a visual representation of a main street store front in an alleyway. This shoe shop mural placed conveniently behind a store for shoes has an amusing tinge of playfulness to it. This fun sense of humour is a unique illustration of the personality that illuminates the downtown Kamloops area.

The year of completion for this piece is presently unknown. But if you have any information regarding the date, we’d be happy to hear form you!

Do you want to see these murals up close and personal? Come on downtown to check them out. And if you’d like a free tour of the murals, you can contact the CAP team by email or phone. Our contact information can be found here. Alternatively, you can book the CAP team on our website here. If you provide us with all the relevant information, we can get in touch with you as soon as we can to arrange a time and date!

#18. 249 Victoria St. (Golden Buddha/Kennell’s Shoes) – Lady and the Shoe

#18. 249 Victoria St. (Golden Buddha/Kennell’s Shoes) – Lady and the Shoe

Lady and the Shoe mural

The “Lady and the Shoe” mural painted in 2002 by Alex Moir-Porteous contains two parts. The whimsical “House in a Shoe” painting portrays a massive shoe/house located behind Kennell’s Shoes. Although not the only shoe-themed mural on a shoe shop, this mural adds to the charming and playful nature of this theme. And beside that mural is a painting of the Bodhi Tree on the wall behind Golden Buddha. This mural is a beautiful representation of the celebrated Buddhist bodhi tree. The Bodhi Tree is where the Buddha experienced enlightenment.

The owner commissioned this mural in 2002 to brighten up the alleyway and deter graffiti. Ken tells Kamloops News that it’s “likely that people will leave art alone”. More often than not, this has proven true throughout the history of the mural project.

Moir-Porteous participated in the creation of a number of mural in downtown Kamloops. You can find more of the back alley art gallery on our website.

However, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals if you’re interested in a guided tour, additional information, and a couple of friendly faces. Contact us by e-mail at capteam@downtownkamloops.com or book a tour on our website.

#17. 250 Victoria St. (4CATS Art Studio / Art We Are) – Artist Mid Creation

#17. 250 Victoria St. (4CATS Art Studio / Art We Are) – Artist Mid Creation

Artist Mid Creation mural

The “Artist Mid Creation” mural is a particularly distinct piece in the mural project. The building owner requested something unique for the alleyway behind 4 Cats Art Studio and Art We Are. After completion in 2015, this one became one of a kind in the Kamloops core. Artist Kylene Cachelin used a fun, modern, street-art style that complements the alleyway in a gorgeous allure of colour and personality. Overall, this creation gives a bright and spunky addition to the gallery’s collection of back alley murals.

Furthermore, this mural is specifically fitting due to the location behind two artistic shops. With art based businesses in the building, the image of an artist in her studio in the midst of creation seems perfectly fitting for this alleyway. Cachelin did a wonderful job at executing something unique for both the building owner and the community.

Are you looking at this mural wishing you could see it in person? Come on downtown and check it out!

Or better yet, book a free mural tour with the CAP team. You can arrange a mural tour by shooting us an e-mail at capteam@downtownkamloops.com or by online on our website with the booking calendar!

 

#16. 255 Victoria Street (Oronge Board Shop) – Italian Villa Courtyard

#16. 255 Victoria Street (Oronge Board Shop) – Italian Villa Courtyard

Italian Villa Courtyard mural

The “Italian Villa Courtyard” mural painted by Ken Wells is located at 255 Victoria Street. Wells completed the mural in 2011. Although similar to many of Wells’ other murals, “Italian Villa Courtyard” brings a little bit of Italy to our alleys.  The mural features a set of stairways in an Italian courtyard framed by bricks. This forced perspective mural style causes the image to appear three dimensional on the wall. Many details and techniques are incorporated in this painting. While Wells creates a variety of different Italian scenes, one aspect remains in many of his paintings. Can you guess what we’re referring to? That characteristic dog from many of Wells’ murals once again sits perched at the top of the stairs in this painting.

Find more of Ken Wells’ artwork and check out his incredible artistic talent on his public Flickr account.

Come downtown to see the murals in person and let us know which one is your favourite by tagging us on social media!

You can also arrange for a free mural tour with the CAP team who are happy to share some of the art Kamloops has to offer! If you’re interested in booking a tour, e-mail the CAP team or use the booking calendar on our website.

 

#15. 263-265 Victoria St. (Tenisci Piva) – Downtown Scene

#15. 263-265 Victoria St. (Tenisci Piva) – Downtown Scene

Downtown Scene Mural

This “Downtown Scene” mural depicts a bustling downtown street scene. This piece incorporates many of the aspects that make Kamloops special and a variety of activities that one can partake in within our beautiful city. Ken Wells painted this mural to represent the 200 Block of Victoria Street. The mural is a street view that would be seen if the building was not there. This mural veers drastically from the other ones completed by Ken Wells but still embodies his characteristic and unique style.

If you’re an appreciator of Ken Wells’ incredible artistic style, then perhaps you’d like to check out some more of the work he’s done on the downtown murals? You can find his Flickr here on which he had uploaded many images of murals painted by him. We also offer an online collection of images from the back alley art gallery. Or you can always come on downtown to check them out in person.

Did you know that the Kamloops CAP team offers free mural tours? We would love to share a piece of the beauty of downtown with each and every one of you. You can book a mural tour with the CAP team on our website by following this link.

#14. 273 Victoria St. (Kipp-Mallery) – Urban Art

#14. 273 Victoria St. (Kipp-Mallery) – Urban Art

Urban Art Mural

This “Urban Art” mural is one of the original downtown murals completed prior to the start of the KCBIA’s mural program. Two young men painted this mural approximately around the year 2000. These two men eventually moved on to Toronto where they began careers in the arts. The mural showcases a collaborative style of street art on the 200 block of Victoria Street behind the Kipp-Mallery Pharmacy. Additionally, a small lego replica of the famous video game character Mario sits perched at the top of this mural.

Want to see more of these murals? Check them out on our website gallery by following this link. However, we encourage you to come downtown to take a look at the many murals that downtown Kamloops has to offer.

There are so many murals downtown that it might seem daunting to find them all but don’t worry! The CAP team offers free tours of the murals all year round! If you’re interested in participating in one of these mural tours, then you can get in touch with the CAP team. There’s a booking calendar that can be found on our website here, or you can find our email address here.

#13. 319 Victoria St. (Blue Grotto) – Kuan Yin

#13. 319 Victoria St. (Blue Grotto) – Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin mural

The mural titled “Kuan Yin”, created in 2011 by Alexx Moir-Porteous, utilizes symbolism from Buddhist culture. The owner of The Blue Grotto gladly welcomed the mural behind their business as a means to negate graffiti. In Buddhism, ‘Kuan Yin’ (also spelled ‘Guan’ or ‘Kwan’) represents the Bodhisattva or any person on the path towards Buddhahood. Said to be the deity of compassion, Kuan Yin is a Chinese term, short for ‘Guanshiyon’, which means “one who perceives the sounds of the world”. This mural also features a diamond-shaped mandala used as a spiritual guidance tool for focusing attention to aid meditation. Mandalas are said to embrace the four facets of life: unconscious, conscious, emotional, and spiritual.

The locally well-known artist, Alexx Moir-Porteous worked on a variety of murals in downtown Kamloops. Another mural created by Moir-Porteous, The Jaguar Gate, demonstrates the various style of his artwork.

Come on downtown to check out the murals or check out the gallery on our website. Additionally, the Kamloops CAP team offers free mural tours of the back alley art gallery. If you’d like to arrange a tour, then you can book a date on the calendar on our website here. Moreover, if you need to get in touch with the CAP team, you can find out contact information here.

#12. 329 Victoria St. – (Eyes International/House of Carmond) – Music in Venice

#12. 329 Victoria St. – (Eyes International/House of Carmond) – Music in Venice

Music in Venice Mural

As common in other murals completed by Ken Wells, this mural features a scene from Venice. In the “Music in Venice” mural, the faces of the building and business owners are creatively included. This piece adds another exquisite scene from Venice to the collection of cultural murals located downtown.

Many of the works done by Ken Wells are featured on his Flickr, which you can check out by following this link. Another option would be to come downtown and check out some of the works created by Wells.

Do you want to check out all of the murals but you’re not quite feeling up to wandering around the downtown alleys? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can find an online gallery of the mural collection on our website.

Furthermore, you could always book a free mural tour with the downtown Kamloops CAP team. The CAP team is eager to provide help for a variety of needs you may have in the area. Find the booking calendar on our website to arrange for a mural tour with our fantastic CAP team. For any other inquiries, you can also find our contact information on our website if you follow this link.

#11. 347 Victoria St. (Castles & Cottages) – Underwater Scene

#11. 347 Victoria St. (Castles & Cottages) – Underwater Scene

Underwater Scene Mural

The “Underwater Scene” mural was painted by Kelly Wright in 2012. This mural depicts a fantastical oceanside scenery that illuminates the alley behind Castles & Cottages on the 300 block of Victoria Street. Painted on two different walls, one side of this mural features a mermaid sitting on a rock. The other side of the building features Poseidon standing tall with his trident. This mural, originally meant to be based on the bottom half of the building, inspired the artist so heavily that he continued to paint. But Wright became so inspired by the creative process that he kept going. The mural took approximately six weeks for Wright to complete. The conceptualization for this mural makes the view feel encompassed by the many dimensions.

Kelly Wright participated in the creation of many of the murals located downtown. Would you like to see more of Kelly Wright’s artwork? You could come downtown to check out more, or you can take a look at his website gallery here.

Incidentally, the CAP team offers free tours of the back alley art gallery to the community. If you’re interested in getting a tour, then you can book one on our website here. Do you have any questions for the CAP team? You can find our contact information here. Shoot us an e-mail or give us a call and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

#10. 350 Seymour St. – Marilyn

#10. 350 Seymour St. – Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe Mural

The “Marilyn Monroe” mural painted by Evan Christian in 2013 features the face of famous 1950s movie star Marilyn Monroe. Christian did a brilliant job of portraying Marilyn Monroe’s beauty in this mural. Located behind Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine, this mural adds vibrancy to the Kamloops core. This mural by Christian brings Marilyn Monroe’s elegance to life and enlivens the vicinity with bright colours and elaborate details.

Evan Christian painted a few of the murals in the downtown Kamloops area, and each time he does an exceptional job! Are you interested in seeing more of the murals done by Christian? You can find the mural gallery on our website by following this link. Check them out. Or better yet, why not come on downtown to take a look at all of the murals throughout the downtown Kamloops area!

Additionally, did you know that the CAP team offers free mural tours? You can book a tour with us on our website here. The CAP team is more than happy to help out whenever we can.

The Downtown Kamloops CAP team is available all year round for a variety of different tasks. You can contact us anytime via email or phone.

 

#09. 353 Victoria St. (Viva Bridal) – Italian Countryside

#09. 353 Victoria St. (Viva Bridal) – Italian Countryside

Italian Countryside Mural

This “Italian Countryside” mural, painted by Ken Wells in 2012, depicts the countryside in Italy. During the creation of this mural, the business owner, Anthony Salituro, presented a number of images of Italy to Wells. Wells then worked from these images to create this mural. The mural features five pillars which form an intriguing perspective of the countryside, almost as if the viewer is looking at the scene from inside. In the scene, a dog sits amongst wildflowers with a field and hills rolling out on the horizon. This mural is located behind Viva Bridal on the 300 block of Victoria.

This mural is not the only one done by Ken Wells. In fact, he has contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. The KCBIA has an online gallery where you can check out the murals here. Another of Ken Wells’ murals titled “Downtown Scene” can be found here. If you’re interested in this piece you can find it here.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free mural tours to individuals interested in getting up close and personal with the murals. You can contact the CAP team today if you’re interested in arranging a tour. Follow this link to book the CAP team today as we are more than happy to help.

 

#08. 357 Victoria Street (Carlos O’Bryans) – Wheel in the Sky

#08. 357 Victoria Street (Carlos O’Bryans) – Wheel in the Sky

Wheel in the Sky Mural

The “Wheel in the Sky” mural depicts a festive evening in 1920 Ireland. Located behind Carlos O’Bryans, this mural features a carnival with a Ferris wheel in the center. This Ferris wheel inspired the name of the mural. The pub in the mural called “An Ighean Dhamsa” is Irish Gaelic for “The Dancing Maiden”. A magician breathes fire as the city folks bustle throughout the street while they go about their daily activities. This festive scene represents the boisterous and jovial atmosphere of the restaurant. The scene adds life to the downtown back alley art gallery.

Alexx Moir-Porteous completed this mural in 2016 and has had an active role in the completion of many of the murals in Downtown Kamloops. If you’d like to check out more of his murals, you can find them on our website here. We keep an online inventory of all the murals completed in the Downtown Kamloops area.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers a free tour of the downtown murals. If you’re interested in getting up close and personal with the murals and you’re not sure how to find them all, book a mural tour with the CAP team. You can arrange a time for the booking here.

 

#07. 120-5th Ave. (Cactus Jack’s) – Billy Miner Train Robbery

#07. 120-5th Ave. (Cactus Jack’s) – Billy Miner Train Robbery

Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural

The “Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural” painted by Alexx Moir-Porteous in 2010 features a scene from an infamous train robbery. Located behind Cactus Jacks, this mural features a scene from one of the robberies in which Billy Miner partook. The scene depicts a train at night time. On the train, a family is getting held-up at gunpoint by Billy Miner.

This infamous train robbery coordinated by Miner is widely known as the first train robbery to occur in British Columbia. Fredrik Fulton, a local community leader, prosecuted Miner in Kamloops in 1905. Allegedly, Miner coined the phrase “hands up!”. As the story goes, after his initial success Miner attempted another robbery in Kamloops. Unfortunately, this attempted robbery proved unsuccessful and led to Miner’s incarceration. Sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, Miner escaped soon afterward without getting re-captured.

Additionally, Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. If you’re interested in his work, you can find more on our website where we host a gallery of all the murals completed. Follow this link to take a look at the murals from the comfort of your own home.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in downtown Kamloops if you’re interested. Contact the CAP team today to book a mural tour on our booking calendar here.

#06. 422 Victoria St (Karateristics) – Fantasy Garden

#06. 422 Victoria St (Karateristics) – Fantasy Garden

Fantasy Garden Mural

The “Fantasy Garden” mural, painted by Alexx Moir-Porteous, was the first installment in the mural program. Completed in 2010, this mural showcases a forested area with a cabin incorporated into the scene. The scene depicts a path between two oak trees which acts as a portal to a fantasy garden. Alexx Moir-Porteous also included the building in the mural by featuring a cabin alongside the garden. On the wall behind Karateristics, this mural adds a unique flair to the building. The mural integrates the look of the building to create an unusual and aesthetic scene.

Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to a number of different murals in the downtown Kamloops area. The KCBIA has an online gallery of the murals. If you’re interested in taking a look at more of his work, you can find it here.

Additionally, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in downtown Kamloops. If you’d like to book a tour with the CAP team, you can arrange a tour on our booking calendar here. The CAP team also offers a variety of other services to the community and businesses of downtown Kamloops. Let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. Find our contact information here.

#05. 126 4th Ave. (Central Station Pub) – Alley Oasis

#05. 126 4th Ave. (Central Station Pub) – Alley Oasis

Alley Oasis Mural

This “Alley Oasis” mural, painted by Kelly Wright in 2013, depicts a scene of a sunset paired with a forested oasis. The greenery in the photo adds a vibrancy to the alleyway behind the Central Station Pub. This mural wraps around the corner of the building and leads to the wall underneath the pub’s patio. The owner of the Central Station Pub wanted this mural to relate to the theme of an oasis, which the artist conducted in an excellent manner. This mural lends a new perspective to the back alley art gallery that all residents of Kamloops can appreciate. The oasis behind the Central Station Pub brings a life of its own.

Kelly Wright worked on many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. The KCBIA hosts an online gallery of each of the murals. If you’d like to see more of Kelly Wright’s mural work, you can find it on our website here.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in the downtown area. If you’re interested in booking one of these mural tours, you can do so on the booking calendar on our website here. Additionally, the CAP team accommodates for a variety of different services. If you’re interested, find the CAP team contact information here.