Experience Chehalis Plans to Erect New Mural in Downtown Chehalis, Calls for Artist Applicants


Experience Chehalis has plans to erect a new mural in downtown Chehalis.

According to a news release, the organization believes that through public art, a society can aim to not only beautify its surroundings but also create the opportunity to experience art in daily life. To make the project a reality, Experience Chehalis is seeking “creative, vibrant and engaging” design proposals for the mural. Artists are welcome to submit a proposal on their own or as a group.

The mural will be outdoors, along the National Frozen Foods’ processing plant wall adjacent to the sidewalk and facing West Street near the railroad crossing in downtown Chehalis.

Located at 436 NW State Ave., National Frozen Foods has granted Experience Chehalis dimensions for the mural of approximately 168 feet wide by 76 inches tall.

The partnership wants mural designs to incorporate and focus on a collage of the vegetables that are processed at National Frozen Foods, including carrots, peas, pea pods and corn. Other local vegetables and flowers can also be part of the design.

“In all cases, the mural must be congruent and appropriate with the vegetable industry in our area,” the release stated. “Artists do not need to have previous mural experience but are expected to possess the skills and expertise to create a mural.”

Applicants are encouraged to visit National Frozen Foods to get a feel for the canvass before applying, the release stated.

The selected artist or group of artists will receive a $3,000 compensation, and the muralist will be responsible for all costs associated with the creation of the artwork including all materials except paint and primer, which will be provided by Experience Chehalis.

Whoever is selected will have about four to six weeks after being chosen to complete the work.

To be considered for the project, submit the following to info@experiencechehalis.com by June 21:

• Basic information: Provide a name, mailing address, phone number and email.

• Artist profile: Submit a short bio outlining your experience as an artist.

• Detailed drawing of the intended mural design.

• Artist skills and qualifications: Identify a specific skill set and qualifications that will be utilized to create the mural.

• Artist reference and experience: Submit a minimum of three, but no more than five, examples of your prior artwork in PDF or JPEG format. Those with previous experience with murals should submit examples of them; otherwise, submit examples of typical artwork.

The artist or group of artists will be announced by July 8.

Email questions regarding this project to Experience Chehalis Design Chair Emily von Flotow at organdy.salvage@gmail.com or to Executive Director Annalee Tobey at info@experiencechehalis.com.