RUMFORD — In addition to being in the Top Ten of Mountain Valley High School’s Class of 2014, Rachel Averill is a talented artist — so talented she was given a huge canvas to create a mural.

As part of creating a mural for a classroom, Averill first checked on her client’s ideas.

She explained, “Mrs. Tanguay [family and consumer science teacher] said she wanted something scenic.”

Averill chose to paint Rumford Falls. She said, “What better than something the town is known for?”

The extent of the wall provided a challenge. Averill explained, “It was slow going at first. I had to make sure every thing was spaced properly with such a big canvas.”

Then there was the leaky roof that plagued the school.

Averill said, “The leaks got in the way a bit. One dripped on my paint sketch for a weekend before anyone noticed. So when I painted the mural, I had to go from memory a lot.”

During graduation week activities, Averill was awarded the Senior Art Award for her body of work over the four years.

Art teacher Steve McGinty said, “Painting such a large mural is a real challenge. Rachel did a wonderful job meeting that challenge and adding to the beauty of the school. For years to come, people will be able to enjoy her hard work and creativity.”

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: