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Okotoks & AHSFA Potty Project

Alberta High School of Fine Arts students were approached by the Town of Okotoks Culture & Heritage Center and Parks Services September 2018 to design murals for the Town’s outdoor concrete washrooms.

Assisted by AHSFA Art teachers, Michelle Smyth (project lead) and Paul Rasporich, student teacher Tomikka Wallawein, and Calgary mural artist Rhys Farrell, students completed designs to be voted on by town residents.

Last spring (2018), five winners were awarded the opportunity to paint their designs at five locations about town, and dreams of painting began. The winning student artists were, Rori Golinski, McKenzie Osberg, Desirae Quinn, Lucy Watt, and Sydney Wayne-Nixon.

Unfortunately, due to the poor weather at the beginning of the school year, painting did not start until May 2019.  The following venues will display work from AHSFA students:

  • SHEEP RIVER PARK (2 Mountainscapes) – Michelle, Paul, and Tomikka, assisted Desirae Quinn in drawing and putting the first few strokes of paint on her two Mountainscape murals (May 9). Assisted by Abby Wygle, Bridget Tait, AHSFA Art teachers, Paul Rasporich and Michelle Smyth. 
  • RIVERSIDE PARK (Octopus) – Two artists painted potties next to each other: 2018 graduate, Qunicey Chiulli assisted with the Octopus mural by graduate, Lucy Watt. The octopus potty project (Lucy Watt and Quincey Chulli) was completed on May 14.
  • RIVERSIDE PARK (Sunflower)Abby Wygle and AHSFA Art teachers, Paul Rasporich and Michelle Smyth assisted Sydney Wayne-Nixon in starting her Sunflower mural. On June 17, painting efforts were assisted by Cristin Freehoff and Felix de Alva.
  • WYLIE PARK (Circles) – This potty received a white base coat on May 23 by Rori Golinoski. This project was assisted by Desirae Quinn, Abby Wygle and AHSFA Art teacher, Michelle Smyth.
  • HOWARD PARK (Puzzle) – This project was created by McKenzie Osberg. It was started on June 18, and nearly completed that day with the assistance of Felix de Alva, Cristin Freehoff, and AHSFA Art teachers, Paul Rasporich and Michelle Smyth.
The project saw all six potty murals completed on the last day of exams, June 27 :)

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Mayor Bill Robinson, McKenzie Osberg, Rori Golinski, Sydney Wayne-Nixon, FCHS’s Art teacher Paul Rasporich, Desiree Quinn, and Allan Boss (Town Culture & Heritage manager).

LEFT TO RIGHT: Art teacher, Tomikka Wallawein (helped create the project with FCHS’s Art teacher Paul Rasporich, and the town of Okotoks), FCHS Art teacher, Michelle Smyth, and Desirae Quinn (Gr 11).

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