MURAL ACCOMPLISHED

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes More than a year of work on the Iris Festival Parade mural – all 1,400 square feet of it – was brought to conclusion at a dedication ceremony Saturday, Sept. 10. “The great thing about it is that (the mural) has history already,” said Jill Hagen, the project coordinator. “More than 1,500 hours went into the painting, 190 kids left hand and footprints, and we had some special things happen like Lorna Sulgit, a professional sign painter, pulling up to the site one day and offering to paint the lettering on the banner. She was a godsend.” About 75 people attended the dedication ceremony, some of whom have their likenesses painted into the mural itself. The mural features 27 identifiable likenesses ranging from Keizer’s mayors to the owner of Town & Country Lanes, Don Lebold, and a special appearance by Albert Einstein. The mural was a joint project of the Keizer Art Association (KAA) and the Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC), but it was made possible through some serendipitous timing on the part of Lore Christopher and Lebold. KPAC applied for and was awarded $2,500 for the mural through the Oregon Community Foundation, but KPAC hadn’t yet decided on a site, said Christopher. After the grant was secured, that’s when she approached Lebold. “They came and said they had some money to do...

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