Mural could be back on track

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Initially, the process of putting up a public mural in Keizer looked to be easy. Then it looked like the project would be delayed by months – if not canceled altogether. Now the original timeline could be met after all. That was the information coming after the first Keizer Arts Commission meeting June 16. The meeting, chaired by Mayor Lore Christopher, lasted all of five minutes. Most of the meeting consisted of Rick Day, owner of Advantage Precast, talking about the shape of the west wall at Keizer Florist. Artist Colleen Goodwin-Chronister was selected last year to do a three-part mural which will depict irises, grapes, the river, a vineyard and other scenery. The original timeline called for the wall to be prepped in February and March, with the actual painting set to begin in April. However, questions over whether murals are allowed in city code and if the wall on a leased building can be utilized slowed things down. The Keizer Arts Commission was established in part to help projects get going. Day initially thought the wall would be brick and mortar, but instead found fiber cement. “It’s delaminating on the left side,” Day said. “We visited the tenant, Julie Wallace and I talked to Colleen this morning. She’s flexible. She’s planning to black out the background so we can condense it...

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