Edmonds in running for ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ honor

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The mural that started it all: Pat Brier’s “A Day in Edmonds.”

Edmonds is one of five communities in Washington state in the running to be named one of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”

In partnership with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Stilwell of the Edmonds Mural Society entered Edmonds in the Prettiest Painted Places contest. Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn five entries from Washington: Coupeville, Edmonds, Leavenworth, Port Townsend, and Vashon-Maury Island.

During the next few weeks, the five Washington communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

The Paint Quality Institute has conducted its competition twice before, most recently in 2000. A wide variety of “places” have been entered in the competition. Nominees range from well-known places, such as Cape Cod, Mass. and Napa, Calif. to hidden gems like Bell Buckle, Tenn. and Holly Springs, Miss.

The names and locations of all of the nominees are posted on the Paint Quality Institute website at blog.paintquality.com.

The Edmonds Mural Society began in the fall of 2009 with the raising of its first mural, “A Day in Edmonds,” by Pat Brier. Funds to support the murals come from the 200-plus supporting members of the Edmonds Mural Society.

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