Abbotsford artist places in top three of mural contest

Amy Guenther competed in the contest held by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaign

This piece by Abbotsford artist Amy Guenther won third place in a province-wide mural contest.

This piece by Abbotsford artist Amy Guenther won third place in a province-wide mural contest.

A submission by an Abbotsford artist placed in the top three entries in a province-wide mural contest held by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign and the Vancouver Graffiti Management Team.

Amy Guenther placed third with her submission and will have her art displayed at the Eating Disorders Association of Canada Conference taking place in Vancouver on Oct. 5.

The contest explored the question, “What does ‘love our bodies, love ourselves’ mean to you?”

In a description submitted with her artwork, Guenther said her painting illustrates “how we can surround ourselves with positivity to overcome any darkness.”

“The colours and chaos surrounding my character show the beauty you can see in yourself when you search to find it. We must accept our individuality, and in doing so embrace every flaw that makes us who we are. It is in the chaos of our minds that we find perfection. Beautiful perfection is not about society’s standards; it is about valuing our individuality.”

To view the other winners in the contest, visit http://bit.ly/2014Mural.

For more information about PEDAW, email pedaw@familyservices.bc.ca.

The PEDAW campaign is a province-wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, and building healthy body image and self-esteem.

The campaign is launched the first full week in February, with activities and events taking place throughout the year.

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