Handprints on underpass mural link family to Aunty Patsy

ABOVE: The Nagas family follow the history of leaving a handprint on the mural painted by Aunty Patsy.

STORY by Susanna Freymark

The legacy of Aunty Patsy Nagas was remembered in the repainting of the mural at the underpass between town and the Kyogle skatepark today, Thursday, July 14.

Patsy’s daughter Arminel Nagas picked up her paintbrush and helped restore the mural that was damaged in the floods.

“It’s been so special,” Arminel said.

“This is the third coat.”

Her mother painted the first mural in 2006. It was last revamped in 2014.

Nagas family members including grandchildren made a handprint on the mural.

Artist Rebecca  Tapscott said there had been so many children come and leave a handprint. Rebecca would write their name underneath the print.

“It’s putting your hands back on country,” Rebecca said.

“It’s community and shows you are part of a group.

The Nagas family put their handprints together on the mural Aunty Patsy painted.

ABOVE: Artists Arminel Nagas and Rebecca Tapscott repainted the mural Arminel’s mother Aunty Patsy painted. Photos: Susanna Freymark
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