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Water reservoir with mural at Vista Drive and Thornton Street (August 23, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

Volunteers complete water tank mural

Back in May of this year, a call was put out for design ideas for a mural on a large water tank at the intersection of Thornton Street and Vista Drive. Ultimately a design was chosen from a number submitted to the Ferndale Arts Commission.

Volunteers have been painting since August 18th and today the project was deemed complete.

Ferndale Art Commission Member Colleen Harper described the mural, “It illustrates Hovander Park, Pioneer Park and Riverfront park. It also displays some of the iconic industries of Ferndale, berries, salmon and cattle. A bald eagle flies towards the busy intersection with a salmon clutched in its claws.”

The design for 10-foot by 140-foot mural was created by Ferndale High School Junior Guyan “Guy” Cool. Cool says he is “pretty active in art at school as well as online.” As for the mural project, “I’m glad I got to experience working on the water tank and I’m thankful to all who helped make it a reality,” Cool said.

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Ferndale studio artist Karen Theusen offered to provide design and painting help to execute the project. Theusen has painted many murals in Whatcom County as well as in King and Pierce Counties.

Harper said, “We really could not have asked for a better team of artists and volunteers. Cool’s fabulous design and Theusen’s years of expertise made this project a huge success. We look forward to painting more murals for the City of Ferndale.”

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