Olivia Bellin, 8, assists at the Keizer Mural Project Friday, July 15. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Olivia Bellin, 8, assists at the Keizer Mural Project Friday, July 15. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

On July 23 and 25, organizers of Keizer’s mural project at Town & Country Lanes are hoping area children turn out to leave their mark.

On those dates, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., kids up to 13 years old (including newborns) are invited to leave their handprints on the base of the mural located at Town & Country Lanes, 3500 River Road N.  Parents will need to accompany children hoping to participate and permission form will need to be completed before painting.

Jill Hagen, the project manager, said things are coming along nicely, but there’s still much work to be done.

“We need a lot of volunteer painters,” Hagen said. “While we are starting to work on the portraits, there are still buildings and shadowing to complete, and those are paint-by-numbers to a large degree.”

Hagen is looking for help in tracking down sprayers to apply an anti-grafitti coat sometime in August. Spraying equipment and people to operate it are both needed. The protective coating is already secured.

Hagen is also hoping to drum up new lighting fixtures to enhance the look of the mural at nighttime.

“We already have some exterior lighting on the building, but we would like new fixtures. If someone is willing to donate the fixtures and installation, Don Lebold (owner of Town & Country) has agreed to keep them lit,” Hagen said.