A mix of more than 30 artists, citizens and local officials joined the board of Mural Project Edmonds (MPE) on Friday afternoon for a gala ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony for “A Mother’s Love,” the newest mural to grace Edmonds’ downtown core.
“My inspiration came from the saga of the J-pod mother Orca who mourned for weeks over the death of her calf,” said artist Jake Wagoner. “The story was breaking just as I was in the early planning phase of this project. It touched me and so many people in our community so deeply. I was moved to express this in my art, and the result is this mural dedicated to that J-pod mother and her baby.”
The ceremony was hosted by Denise Cole, owner of the Cole Gallery and a driving force behind both the mural project and Art Walk Edmonds (AWE).
“This is first new downtown mural in some time,” said Cole. “We’ve been very fortunate to have had some funds left over from AWE’s summer Wine Walks, and the AWE organizers decided to use this to infuse some new energy into our downtown murals. We believe in paying artists for their work, and we want to attract the best talent possible to MPE. ‘A Mother’s Love’ is the first in what we hope will be several new murals to grace our downtown.”
Cole points out that community support is critical to keeping Art Walk Edmonds and Mural Project Edmonds going, and that donations may be made at the Art Walk Edmonds website.
The next mural, already in progress, will be across the street on the east side of the Mar-Ket seafood café. A creation of artist Nick Goettling, it will be enjoyed by diners and visitors from Mar-Ket’s new outdoor dining area currently under construction and due to be completed over the next several weeks.
Learn more about Mural Project Edmonds and see a time lapse of the creation of “A Mother’s Love” here.