It was a grey day, last Saturday. We set out to visit the town of Craik in search of what the 100th anniversary of the town hall might hold in store for locals and visitors alike. Craik is a small town along the # 11 Hwy. Best known because of its Eco Village Craik is in the news often. This Event drew the attention back to the center of town.
Comments like ” When my husband and I courted we would come to a dance at the town hall every Saturday !” ” I used to clerk in the post office. It was just around the corner to the back of the building.” “Oh, we had such good times here…” were shared with the younger generation.
The impressive brick building, reasonably well preserved, continues to draw visitors and locals. Chairs are waiting… the press (AccessCommunications) was in attendance.
A beautiful building well worth preserving. The Farmer’s Market committee has raised funds to contribute to painting and news windows. The bell was inspected to ensure it was safe to ring it.
100 years – It’s good to see that the citizens of Craik are eager to preserve their Heritage.
The old fire truck sports a commemorative plaque from the 100th birthday celebration in 2007.
Color and strong lines, the old fire truck on the green has it all.
Walking down Main Street in Craik – was like stepping back in history until the old cowboy pulled out an iPhone to take pictures of the vintage cars…
Awaiting the speeches and festivities. Three townies in conversation.
After a taste of small town life and history we set out for Moose Jaw to meet a group of friends. The lighting on this grey day was perfect for photography.
A small group of Regina Photo Club members informally gathered last Saturday to walk and “shoot” the murals of Moose Jaw.
My favorite mural on the back of the Cultural Center is often overlooked. It borders on to a parking lot and alley. It is larger than life and depicts Main Street 100 years ago.
Anyone’s wisdom is just around the corner… I soon realized that I can document the mural any day. The graffiti and distressed surfaces might be repaired tomorrow. I quickly changed my focus.
Graffiti and paint – exposed to the elements. Velvety and inspiring…
Form follows function – a fire escape on a historical building just off High Street. I provided strong line and a path for the eye to follow.
…and we all know this famous mug – Mr. Al Capone, complete with bird droppings found on the sign of Capone’s HIdeaway.
More line and shape – love the distressed surface and complementary color scheme … with window.
Getting back to the main purpose of the walk, here is Moose Jaw’s newest mural, dedicated on September 6th, the day before we ventured out to document the town.
You can’t hide the art… crumbling stucco reveals the lettering of an old sign. Distressed surface, peeling paint and the question what might be beneath – I love a mystery! And might it have been the complimentary color scheme that attracted me to this patch in the wall?
A brick storage area next to a public parking lot – once again pattern and line lead the eye. Add some green to the red brick and voilá – serving up complementary color scheme # 3.
I hope you have enjoyed this little stroll through two prairie towns. The next time I post I will be in Europe… stay tuned and see what captures my attention there.