New mural coming along in Edmonds

The mural will be the only created this year
By Brian Soergel | Aug 20, 2019
Courtesy of: Bob Sears Pete Goldlust works on his mural in Edmonds, which he plans to finish in a few weeks.

Pete Goldlust said the working title for his mural under construction in Edmonds – a collaboration with his wife, Melanie Germond – is “Float City.”

“We usually employ our 11-year-old son Ezra to come up with the names,” said Goldlust, whose family calls Eugene, Oregon, home. “He charged us $10 for this one, so we figure it must be a good one.”

The mural is the third from Mural Project Edmonds. It is located on the alley wall around the corner from Edward Jones on Main Street. The mural is not yet finished, but Goldlust said he and Germond will be back within a couple of weeks to finish it.

Before arriving in Edmonds to begin the mural, the couple installed a sculptural installation at an elementary school. They’re currently working on other public art projects – murals, sculptures and cut-metal work – in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Eugene.

“We’ve had a great time working in downtown Edmonds,” Goldlust said. “It’s been a lot of fun chatting with neighbors and visitors. Everyone has been very kind and supportive. We’re grateful to the community and to the folks at Mural Project Edmonds for the opportunity to do a rare project in the Northwest, relatively close to home.”

Mural Project Edmonds, formed by Art Walk Edmonds, completed two works last summer, both on Main Street. They are “A Mother’s Love” on the wall outside Sound Styles, and “The Salish Sea,” on the east-facing wall of The Mar-Ket Fishmonger & Eatery.

“We were hoping to have a second mural this summer, but at this point we will not get everything in place for our second before bad weather hits,” said Denise Cole, Mural Project Edmonds chair.

The original Edmonds Mural Society was created in 2009 by the husband-and-wife team of Manya Schilperoort and Jeff Stilwell, who run MaJe Gallery on Main Street. (They also were the original creators, in 2002, of the third Thursday art walk.)

Artists created 15 murals during the next four years, two of which have since been removed. The first, which was in poor condition, is now home to “A Mother’s Love.”

MPE plans to develop a few new murals each year, and has opened a call for all interested muralists to submit ideas and concepts. Its goal is to incorporate the architectural elements of the building, as well as taking into consideration the placement, perspective, and view from the street, Cole said.

 

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