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Mount Si art students to learn from professional artist on Fall City mural

Fall City Arts is planning to replace a six year-old mural in the Art Park with a new, collaborative piece by professional artist Brian Majors and Mount Si students.

"He is so great with kids," said Jennifer Vierling, a member of Fall City Arts. "The kids love him and we are so thrilled he is willing to travel to our community to work with the Art Club at Mount Si."

Majors lives in Blaine, but he's been a chalk artist at Fall City Days for the last six years, and has worked with youth groups on murals "... from soup to nuts," said Vierling.

She is spearheading the project to update the mural, on the corner of 335th and Redmond-Fall City Road. The original 25-by-14-foot mural, completed six years ago by two Chief Kanim Middle School students, featured a rain theme. The new mural will cover the same area, but everything else will probably be different.

"We're leaving it pretty open with Brian, and he'll figure out the theme," said Vierling, adding "We don't have any ... method to our madness. It's just time to replace the mural."

The new mural will be the work of about eight high school students, all members of the Mount Si Art Club led by art teacher Bryce Meserve. The group will meet with Majors for about 10 weeks on Wednesday afternoons to learn the skills needed to create their own mural. Vierling noted that the project will be a great addition to students' resumes and portfolios, as well as an opportunity to learn from a professional artist who makes a living at his work.

Students will begin working on the mural in March or April, and should be done in time for Fall City Days, the weekend of June 18-19, 2011.

Fall City Arts is working to raise about $6,500 for the project, which will cover the costs of paint, brushes, tarps, scaffolding, other supplies and the artist's fee. Vierling said that general donations made to Fall City Arts will be specifically reserved for the mural project, and that a fund-raising event may be coordinated for this spring.

Donations can be mailed to Fall City Arts, PO Box 446, Fall City WA 98024.

Learn about Fall City Arts at www.fallcityarts.org.

For more information on Brian Majors, visit www.majorarts.com.

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