FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Totem Mall is now home to two beautiful murals painted by local students.

The most recent mural was painted by 12-year-old Mariana Miranda in August and shows the northern lights above three moose.

The first piece, ‘Reaching Hands‘ by Emylie McCabe, was painted after mall management decided to beautify its former seating area.

Benches and carpets were removed from the areas following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which left the spaces looking bare.

Farin Ellwood, with Totem Mall, says the murals showcase local art and some really talented kids in the community.

“It’s something for somebody to look at as they’re walking through. It delights you, gives you a little bit of fuzzy feeling to see something nice that doesn’t have a mask attached to it or COVID sign,” said Ellwood.

The mall put out a call to local artists in March and received around 25 submissions from artists of all ages.

Ellwood says the mall isn’t taking any submissions at the moment but says she is “open to great ideas.”

“I hope that we can continue showcasing local artists, and I really would love to take that on to our vacant unit spacing and walls and such, so if anybody has great ideas, feel free to send them my way.”