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The Pioneer Way Mural Project is done.

Artist Nancy Hakala had hoped to be finished by July, but finished on Sept.12. A huge thank you goes out to Diamond Rentals. They had agreed to 2-4 weeks use of their equipment but really helped by letting us use it for the two-month span it took for completion. Island Thrift’s generous donation gave me the belief that this dream of mine could really happen.

All of the paint and supplies were donated by Home Depot, Sherwin-Williams, Island Paint, Gene’s Art and Frame and MPG Painting.

Other contributors were Rick Almberg and the Clark Family,

Toppins Frozen Yogurt, Jim Campbell, Brenda and Bud Ackley, Karmin Landry at State Farm Insurance, Carla’s Shear Inspiration, Jim Campbell, Janette Ellis, Brenda and Bud Ackley, Cathy Horrobin, Mary Ann and Leslie Rientjes, the Oak Harbor Garden Club, and many other members of the community who gave to the “donation jar.”

As soon as I saw the work of Nancy Hakala, I thought that she might be the one to “muralize” the wall that desperately needed attention.

From all the comments that I have heard, I think we all agree that she did an amazing job. Peggy Darst Townsdin, Nancy, myself and many others worked hard to make sure that all of the historical details were correct. I was surprised at the number of decisions and conversation to “get it right.” We also had many discussions with local Indian tribes.

We even went as far as to worry whether the eagle featured in one of the panels is fat enough!

Nancy enjoyed working with high school students and also getting to know lots of us “locals.” Thanks to all who stopped by to support and admire her work.

We are working with local photographer Rick Lawler to create a commemorative bookmark that will be sold through the Wind and Tide bookshop. So, does anyone have another project for me?

Karen Mueller
Oak Harbor


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