MURAL PROJECT EDMONDS
Don’t be alarmed if you see a hive of activity very soon in downtown Edmonds. Mural Project Edmonds (MPE) is excited to announce that its first mural will be installed starting September 22nd.
The first endeavor from the newly formed MPE, a committee under Art Walk Edmonds, is a mural that will go up on the very large, very visible location of the south-facing wall of Sound Styles at the corner of Main and 5th.
The journey first started when the committee chose to take on this particular wall. First, they had to eradicate the former mural - a vinyl overlay which had started to chip and peel. Removing the adhesive proved to be tricky and took some time and research to fully accomplish.
Next in the process was choosing a muralist. Because the committee was dedicated to a professional-level mural, picking an artist with just the right vision for such a visible location was not something they took lightly. Over 20 qualified muralists from Washington and Oregon applied, but the talented Gig Harbor artist Jake Wagoner stood out above the rest. With a long history in the art world, and over six years of experience in murals, Wagoner's background in environmental graphic design and mural art proved that he could build genuine connections between the site, the art, and the viewer.
“I feel artwork should have meaning,” said Wagoner. “On top of being beautiful, it should inspire the people that see it. Be it by merely brightening their day, young artists wanting to get better and do bigger things, or having a deeper meaning that would help change the world.”
Installation will begin with preparing the wall for the painting process. The artist and MPE anticipate it will take one to two weeks to complete the final design, depending on the weather.
So, what is the final design, you ask? Although MPE would like to leave the final reveal as a surprise, chairperson Denise Cole promises that it captures the pure spirit of Edmonds. “Make sure and take a look at all the details – they form a rich tapestry that, as a whole creates a cohesive image that is truly inspiring!”
One more mural is in the works for 2018 across the street on the east side of Mar•Ket Fish Mongers. That mural is going through permitting right now and should be installed in early to mid-October.
sponsorship & donation opportunities
MPE plans to develop a few new murals each year. Building owners and businesses who are interested in a mural next year should contact Art Walk Edmonds at email@example.com.
The overall goal of the new MPE is to bring professional-level, well-planned artistry to our community and to fit appropriately into the chosen space. To pay for these endeavors, MPE is using funds raised by Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Wine Walks, as well as donations and sponsorships by building owners.
Anyone interested in donating to the Art Walk Edmonds can do so here.
If you are an experienced muralist and are interested in future MPE projects, please email your resume and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Denise Cole, Chair, Art Walk Edmonds Director, Cole Gallery
Robert Gutcheck, Art Walk Edmonds Co-President
Lynn Hanson, Art Walk Edmonds Co-President, Artist
Clayton Moss, Art Walk Edmonds Vice-President, FORMA
Mark VonGunten, Ten Gun Design
Patti Greene, Art Walk Edmonds Secretary, Coldwell Banker Bain
Tia Benson Tolle