Robin Thibodeau was down at the Okotoks Municipal Centre Friday, June 25, working hard to finish a new mural for the town.
The town was interested in another stronger together kind of mural, but Thibodeau wanted to keep it fresh and exciting.
They decided on a "Choose Kind" mural, highlighting various acts of kindness stretching out across the window as if on a stage.
"I was inspired by the word 'composure.' Composure can mean maintaining composure when you're in a bad situation. It also means art and acting and expressing yourself, right. So I'm like, 'That's perfect," so we did a whole stage, which turned out to be a lot more work than I thought, but whatever. It’s normal for me. I do this all the time."
Erica Spencer, one of the young artists working on the mural, had a good quote for them to base their work on.
"Given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
Between May and June, they planned out as many different acts of kindness they could think of to best represent that statement.
Sue Visser, the mother of one of the artists, was pleased with the results.
"My daughter is one of the artists, Aoife, and it's just really encouraging to see her be able to contribute to the community in a way that's visible to everyone. And I'm really happy with how it turned out. I think it looks beautiful."
Ashley Jordan, their mainstay, took special care in perfecting the one mural segment where a cat is being rescued from a tree.
During the working process, they had to tape paper to the outside of the window to prevent it from getting too hot and drying the ends of the markers out while creating each design.
Thibodeau has been quite busy working on the mural while also teaching her art class.
"Every Friday I've been here. I get here at 10, and I rip home and teach my art class until 6:30 because I'm crazy, it's true. But you know, whatever. It all works out. May not get much sleep, but it's fine."
Thibodeau also noted that the town thanks the youth for their hard work by providing gift certificates for local places in town.
This is their second mural this summer.