To develop a comprehensive plan for the implementation of professional murals, seeking out appropriate locations for exterior wall murals which enhance and do not detract from the beauty, scale and sense of place of the city of Edmonds. With community involvement we will seek art which is sensitive to each specific location and the history, diversity and character of the City in a visually cohesive manner.
the edmonds mural project committee
Robert Gutcheck, Art Walk Edmonds Co-President
Lynn Hanson, Art Walk Edmonds Co-President, Artist
Clayton Moss, Art Walk Edmonds Vice-President, FORMA
Denise Cole, Art Walk Edmonds Director, Cole Gallery
Mark VonGunten, Ten Gun Design
MURAL PROJECT EDMONDS
In 2017, the Art Walk Edmonds Board started talking about ways to further their mission in the Edmonds community. A committee made up of volunteer board members, community members, artists, and Edmonds business owners to rethink the Edmonds murals. They formed the Mural Project Edmonds (MPE) with the concept that murals are not permanent, but like a gallery, may be continually changing and evolving in the creative process.
Previously, the Edmonds Mural Society - now defunct - created several murals from 2009 to 2014. The murals were each under a five-year agreement with the building owners to allow the art to be on display. Most of the murals are now past the terms of the agreement, and some building owners will be removing and/or replacing them.
Mural Project Edmonds - a new, unrelated entity - is working in concert with building and business owners as well as consulting with the City of Edmonds. MPE has formed a plan to create a new series of professional quality murals and assist in removing some that are damaged. Ultimately, it will be the building owners who have control over whether murals remain or will be removed or replaced. Although viewable by the public, all current Edmonds murals are on private property.
The first project of the MPE, begun at the end of May, was the removal of the vinyl mural on the Sound Styles wall on Main Street and the subsequent commission of a new mural in its place. Another project will be to work with the owners of the new fish monger and eatery, MAR•KET, to create a mural for their east-facing side wall. A call for muralists will be issued in the month of June.
MPE plans to develop a few new murals each year, opening a call for all interested muralists to submit ideas and concepts for the individual walls. Its goal is to incorporate the architectural elements of the building as well as taking into consideration the placement, perspective, and view from the street. MPE will be seeking a culturally rich and diverse selection of murals which will range in style from traditional to contemporary and abstract. Muralists who are interested in being considered should email Art Walk Edmonds at email@example.com.
mural sponsorship opportunities
To pay for these endeavors, MPE is using funds raised by Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Wine Walks, as well as donations. In some cases, building owners and businesses may sponsor the mural while MPE will manage the project. The overall goal of the new MPE is to bring professional-level, well-planned artistry to our community.
As one can imagine, high quality art comes with a high price tag. Anyone interested in donating to the Art Walk Edmonds can do so online at http://artwalkedmonds.com/donate.