Powell family donates painting to Town of Lovell

Lucy Powell wanted to give something to the community her late husband Bill loved so much, so last week she presented a painting to the Town of Lovell at the town council’s regular meeting on June 14.

Pictured at town hall with the painting donated by Lucy Powell to the Town of Lovell in honor of Bill Powell Friday were (l-r) Monte Laing, Lila May, Lucy Powell and councilmen Brian Dickson, Kevin Jones and Bruce Wolsey.

The oil painting depicts a boat roaring down Big Horn Canyon and was painted by Ezmé Aubrey based on a photograph of the first boat trip down the lake when the lake was filled in the mid-1960’s with Bill Powell’s boat – carrying dignitaries – in the lead.

That photograph hung in town hall for many years, but when town hall was remodeled, then clerk Phyllis Hill gave the photo to the Powells, who commissioned Aubrey to paint the scene. It hung in the Powells’ living room for many years and after Bill died on May 26, Lucy decided to donate the painting to the town, where – as a photograph – it hung for many years.

Making the presentation to the town on June 14 were Lucy, her daughter Lila May of Rock Springs and her daughter Monte Laing and husband Gary of Loa, Utah,

“We’re going to find a great place to hang it,” Mayor Bruce Morrison told the family. “We’ll hang it back up in town hall and make a plaque in Bill’s memory.”


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