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New color for Fall City: Students start work with chalk artist Brian Majors on new town mural

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Fall City's student-created mural in the community art park is slated for a makeover, courtesy of Mount Si High School art students and chalk virtuoso Brian Majors.
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Members of the Art Club at Mount Si High School will start work this week on a new mural for Fall City’s Art Park.

The project, planned by Fall City Arts, will not only replace the six year-old mural, but also give students the opportunity to collaborate with a professional career artist on the design and creation of a piece of public art.

Visiting artist Brian Majors will start working with the Art Club students at their weekly meetings, starting March 2.

“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, and he’s been a chalk artist at Fall City Days for the last six years. He 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 wall 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.

Students should be done working on the mural just in time for Fall City Days, the weekend of June 18 and 19.

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, as well as 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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