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Although a work in progress, this mural already captures the vibrant and unique personality of the West End.

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Although a work in progress, this mural already captures the vibrant and unique personality of the West End. Photo Store

The West End is adding another mural to its collection.

Eighteen-year-old Bryn Vargas is this summer’s mural mentor for the West End BIZ (Business Improvement Zone). Her job is to paint a mural with the help of kids aged eight to 17 from the inner city.

The mural is currently being painted on the side of Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant at 533 Sargent Ave. between Langside Street and Young Street.

It will be "a picture of Sargent Avenue," Vargas said.

"The storytelling of Sargent Avenue, but in the form of a map," Vargas described. "Fun places people used to go to and fun locations in the community."

Right now, Vargas and the kids are working on the background, so the mural is mostly yellow.

Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant owner Elias Kebede said he is enjoying the painting process.

"She’s still working on it, but it’s nice, I like it," Kebede said.

Although he doesn’t interfere with the painting process, he likes to help out and talk to the painters as they work.

"I just watch her paint, and they come here to get cold water, use the washroom, and chat. The kids come and help her or make a mess," Kebede chuckled.

"It involves the whole community. She encourages the kids to come."

Kids are not required to sign up to paint the mural. In fact, all they have to do is show up and offer to help.

"I’ve had a lot of drop-ins in the morning, so families and kids come," Vargas said. "They’re like, ‘Hey, we want to paint.’"

However, kids under age 12 need to be accompanied by a parent.

The mural is expected to be complete in mid-August.

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