New Eccleshall mural graces Edmonds Theater lobby

The mural section by the balcony stairs is a montage of Hollywood icons dominated by Clint Eastwood, a particular favorite of the late Jaque Mayo, who purchased the theater in 1960 and retained ownership until his recent death.

The mural section by the balcony stairs is a montage of Hollywood icons dominated by Clint Eastwood, a particular favorite of the late Jaque Mayo, who purchased the theater in 1960 and retained ownership until his recent death.

Edmonds artist and muralist Andy Eccleshall is at it again, this time adding his signature fusion of art and local history to the lobby of the Edmonds Theater.

“The idea came up while I was doing the “Back in time on Main Street” mural on Fourth Avenue this summer,” he said. “A friend and I were talking, and this idea began to take shape. I was introduced to the theater owners, they liked it, and here I am!”

The mural panel closest to the door depicts Main Street in 1924, the year the Princess Theatre occupied the current building.  The theater was previously located across Main Street in the space currently occupied by the Edmonds Bakery.

The mural panel closest to the door depicts Main Street in 1924, the year the Princess Theatre occupied the current building.

The mural is in two sections. The one closest to the door shows an historical view of the theater in the mid-1920′s, shortly after it relocated to its present location from across the street (the original theater occupied the space currently home to the Edmonds Bakery). The sign on the front identifies it as the, “Princess Theatre,” the name which it retained through many decades until being renamed the Edmonds Theater.

The next section closest to the balcony stairway depicts a montage of Hollywood stars including Clark Gabel, Clint Eastwood, Bette Davis and James Dean. “I proposed several of these, and the theater staff picked their favorites,” said Eccleshall

The artist puts some finishing touches on James Dean. Under his elbow is a likeness of former Edmonds dentist and owner of the Edmonds Theater, the late Jaque Mayo.

The artist puts some finishing touches on James Dean. Under his elbow is a likeness of former Edmonds dentist and owner of the Edmonds Theater, the late Jaque Mayo.

One face that may be unfamiliar to most is on the far right. His name is Jaque Mayo, the retired Edmonds dentist who purchased the theater in 1960 and retained ownership until his recent death. Mayo was a great fan of Clint Eastwood, whose portrait fittingly dominates this section of the mural.

This is Eccleshall’s fifth major work on public view in Edmonds. This latest commissioned effort joins his three outdoor murals and an indoor work which graces the main staircase of the Edmonds Police Station. In addition to murals, Andy’s work includes numerous large canvases, some of which can be seen (and purchased) at the Cole Gallery. Known for sweeping views and dramatic skies, many of his works are inspired by Puget Sound and the Olympics.

Eccleshall, a transplant from the UK, lives in Edmonds with his wife and son. “It’s truly an honor to work in one’s own town,” he says. “The more work I do here, the more I become invested in the community; it’s like leaving a part of me with each work I do, especially with the public pieces. It truly becomes a personal thing.”

The new theater mural will be finished this week, and will be ready in time for the Dec. 13 opening of “The Hobbit.”

– Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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5 Comments

  1. Awesome. I can’t wait to see it in person.

  2. We are SO fortunate to have Andy in our community! Thank you for your gift, Andy.

  3. Yeah Andy! Another wonderful art addition to our town. Thank you!

  4. Andy Eccleshall is one of many reasons to love Edmonds. His local work is great and the mural he did in Shoreline (you can see as you drive to I-5) is also a wonderful addition to the local area.

  5. What a wonderful artist Andy is, and such a gentleman!
    We are so lucky that he chose Edmonds and has given us the gifts of his artwork around our town.

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