After battling record summer heat that dried their paint and blinding sunlight that burned their eyes, Gig Harbor artist Lita Dawn and Pacific Northwest muralist Bob Henry have completed the mural on the wall of Finholm’s Market & Grocery.
“We beat the rain and it’s done,” said Dawn of the finished piece of public art.
The Peninsula Gateway previously reported on the project when Dawn and Henry began on the 45-by-14-foot mural in mid-August. The pair finished the project late last month.
Monte Hester, who owns the building along with his wife, Teddi, has received a large amount of positive community feedback about the new mural.
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“It’s been well received by the community, which we intended,” Hester said. “It’s meant to reflect the shared history of the area.”
Hester and his wife have been receiving letters, texts, emails and phone calls as people in the community have reached out to express their appreciation over the mural.
Dawn echoes Hester with her own post-mural experiences.
“It’s all positive feedback,” she said.
Dawn said the project provided a venue for her to interact with people in a more public way.
“It went really wonderfully,” Dawn said. “I saw people I haven’t seen in years.”
To culminate the project, Dawn has arranged for an informal reception to be held in the Finholm district, by the new mural.
“It’s an opportunity to thank the Hesters, who commissioned the work ...(and) to have an impromptu, casual block party with the other businesses,” she said, adding that other businesses in the district have been invited to participate in the informal party. “It’s a casual excuse to toast public art and have a beer, soda or wine.”
Hester extends the focus of the party to the artists.
“The concept is to have the artists christen their fine work and let people meet them and ask questions,” he said.
He didn’t neglect the day’s main star, the mural itself.
“We want to give everyone else a chance to come and enjoy it as well.”
The reception is open to the public and is set for 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct 10) at Finholm’s Market, 8812 North Harborview Drive.