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New mural taking shape at the Edmonds fountain


September 26, 2018

A new mural is taking shape on the northeast corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue North in Edmonds.

The murals are back.

After a four-year hiatus, a new one is being sketched on the very visible, south-facing wall of Sound Styles at Fifth Avenue North and Main Street.

The mural is courtesy of Mural Project Edmonds (MPE), a committee under Art Walk Edmonds, which sponsors the monthly art walk and occasional wine walks.

When finished, the mural will replace Pat Brier’s “A Day in Edmonds,” a vinyl overlay that was the first mural put up by the former Edmonds Mural Society. That mural was degrading and in poor condition.

In choosing a new muralist, the MPE committee was dedicated to selected an artist with just the right vision for such a visible location, said MPE spokeswoman Rachel Dobbins.

“This was not something they took lightly,” she said. “Over 20 qualified muralists from Washington and Oregon applied, but 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.”

Said Wagoner: “I feel artwork should have meaning. 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 began this week 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.

Although MPE would like to leave the final reveal as a surprise, chairwoman Denise Cole said it will capture the spirit of Edmonds.

“Make sure and take a look at all the details,” she said. “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 The Mar•ket Fishmongers & Eatery. That mural is going through permitting now and should be installed by mid-October.

MPE plans to develop a few new murals each year. Building owners and businesses interested in a mural next year should contact Art Walk Edmonds at info@artwalkedmonds.com.

The overall goal of the new MPE is to bring professional-level, well-planned artistry to the community and to fit appropriately into the chosen space, Dobbins said.

To pay for these endeavors, MPE is using funds raised by Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Wine Walks, as well as donations and partial sponsorships by building owners.

Anyone interested in donating to the Art Walk Edmonds can do so online at www.artwalkedmonds.com/donate.

Companies or entities interested in sponsoring a new mural should contact Art Walk Edmonds at info@artwalkedmonds.com.


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