New mural celebrates Omemee’s culture and heritage

Discover Omemee initiative also features community-attraction maps and guitar-shaped wayfinding signs

This new mural painted by artist Cliff Smith in the Village of Omemee is designed to encourage the drive-through traffic along Highway 7 to stop and explore the community. It is part of the Discover Omemee initiative, which also includes new maps and signage throughout the village. (Photo courtesy of the City of Kawartha Lakes)
This new mural painted by artist Cliff Smith in the Village of Omemee is designed to encourage the drive-through traffic along Highway 7 to stop and explore the community. It is part of the Discover Omemee initiative, which also includes new maps and signage throughout the village. (Photo courtesy of the City of Kawartha Lakes)

If you’re driving through Omemee, you may have seen the new mural on the west side of the Omemee Legion building at 46 King Street East.

The 24-by-16-foot mural, celebrating the culture and heritage of Omemee and acknowledging the service of veterans, consists of four panels painted by Mount Forest artist Cliff Smith of GoBigMurals.

Mural artist Cliff Smith working on a section of the mural in February 2018. (Photo: Kate Smith / Facebook)
Mural artist Cliff Smith working on a section of the mural in February 2018. (Photo: Kate Smith / Facebook)

“The mural acts as a tribute to the village of Omemee,” says Laurie McCarthy, City of Kawartha Lakes Tourism Development Officer. “It highlights some of the great assets, like the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, that attract international visitors to our region each year.”

The mural is part of the Discover Omemee initiative and is designed to encourage the drive-through traffic along Highway 7 to stop and explore the community.

Discover Omemee also includes community-attraction maps produced by artist and photographer Carrie Cockburn, a music-themed mural on the wall of the former library at Coronation Hall, and guitar-shaped wayfinding signs on village streets.

The Discover Omemee initiative includes guitar-shaped wayfinding sights, a tribute to Omemee's famous son musician Neil Young. (Photo: Omemee Downtown Revitalization Group / Facebook)
The Discover Omemee initiative includes guitar-shaped wayfinding sights, a tribute to Omemee’s famous son musician Neil Young. (Photo: Omemee Downtown Revitalization Group / Facebook)

The mural initiative was a community collaboration led by the Omemee and District Lions Club through partnership with the Omemee Legion and Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.

The project was funded in part by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the Kawarthas Northumberland Partnership Allocation Program. The City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development department assisted in the facilitation of the funding and project development.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony and public celebration of the new mural will take place as part of the Omemee Days event at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th at the Omemee Legion.

An illustration of a Neil Young themed mural.  (Photo: Omemee Downtown Revitalization Group / Facebook)
An illustration of a Neil Young themed mural. (Photo: Omemee Downtown Revitalization Group / Facebook)

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