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.”


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