New mural brightens up drab wall at the St. Vincent de Paul

Sarnia artist Jorrie Kirby, 22, and part of a mural she’s painting at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and food bank on Davis Street. Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz

Many parts of the downtown core have been brightened up with a splash of colour provided by a wall mural.

The latest brick-and-mortar canvas can be seen at the St. Vincent de Paul on the intersection of Davis and Euphemia streets.

Sarnia artist Jorrie Kirby conceptualized and is executing a vibrant scene on the west-facing exterior wall of the food bank and thrift shop.

“I wanted to create a lot of depth,” explained the St. Patrick’s High School grad. “I wanted a lot of different things for people to look at, and catch their eye.

“I just wanted different perspectives.”

St. Vincent de Paul’s board commissioned the mural but gave the 22-year-old ‘carte blanche” and creative control of the project.

The mural, which is nearly finished, contains spiritual imagery back-dropped by a fertile pasture with livestock and farm-fresh food and wine.

“We didn’t know what we wanted for sure but we had an idea,” said Loraine Michieli, former manager of the Davis Street facility. “And it was perfect.”

Kirby has been working on the mural since June and, weather permitting, hopes to apply the finishing touches by spring.

“Whatever she does, it just keeps getting better and better,” said Michieli.

A new mural is brightening up the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and food bank on Davis Street.
Troy Shantz