QUEEN’S PARK – Young St. Thomas artist Kayla Goulding was on hand with her family at Queen’s Park today for the unveiling of one of her paintings in Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek’s office.
When she was twelve, Kayla put paint to canvas and created a piece depicting St. Thomas’ historic City Hall. With the hanging today, Kayla joins a distinguished roster of artists – including many Group of Seven painters – whose art adorns various hallways and offices at Queen’s Park.
Yurek recognized the artist and her family in the legislature by stating, “I have four special guests here today: Kayla Goulding from my riding painted a beautiful picture which we’re unveiling today at 1:30 in my office, room 444, everyone’s welcome, and her friend, Brie Welch. Marg Goulding is here and Al Goulding is here, who’s a co-founder of Railway City Brewing, whose Dead Elephant Ale is served every day in this fine establishment.”
Yurek went on to say that he was proud to have such talent in the riding and likes having City Hall on his office wall.
“I’m privileged to have this beautiful piece of art. I like that I can be reminded of home just by looking up from my desk.”
Being a 13 year old, Kayla does not know what her plans are or where her painting will take her. However, one can be assured that talent such as Kayla’s will continue to be recognized and appreciated.
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