New Mural at Grandview Museum Pays Tribute to City’s History | Local
More and more public art is flourishing in Grandview.
On Tuesday, Larelle Michener began drawing a new mural on the west wall of the Grandview Museum. The sunset shifted from yellow to orange to purple behind her as she climbed onto a scaffolding and began to trace the chalk drawing. Michener will bring the wall to life with paint over the course of a week.
Michener, who grew up in the Grandview area and lives in Prosser, recreates the art of the billboards that stood on either end of town between the 1930s and 1960s. The new mural will be visible to anyone passing through Grandview on Wine Country Road.
The mural will read “A Grand Place to Live…Grandview” above one of the city’s old slogans: “Where Industry and Agriculture Meet”. The letters will be in black and white alongside a color illustration of fields and a rural factory.
Michener has painted several murals in Prosser and is thrilled to put up her first work in Grandview. She plans to use exterior latex paint for durability and hopes the mural will last.
“Community art is important. It excites people. said Michner. “The opportunity to do something like this at Grandview wasn’t something I wanted to pass up.”
One of those enthusiastic people is Ray Vining, the volunteer curator of the Grandview Museum. Vining said the museum’s board selected the design and asked Michener to paint it after hearing about his previous work.
“She did some wonderful murals in Prosser,” Vining said.
Vining said the mural, a tribute to Grandview’s history and its current economy, belongs beautifully to the museum.
The original signs were removed about 50 years ago after they aged, and Grandview’s mottoes have changed over the years. Vining hopes the new mural will connect the residents of Grandview to their roots while representing the current economy.
“It typifies the spirit of the times,” Vining said. “Our mission is to preserve the past for the benefit of the future.”
Michener said his work outdoors is weather-dependent. She had to wait for cooler temperatures for her paint to work properly. Michener mostly works in the morning even now, as the latest heat wave recedes.
On Tuesday, Michener waited until nightfall so he could trace using his projector.
Grandview City Council member Joan Souders drove out to look after hearing about the mural. Souders has lived in Grandview since 1995, and although she’s never seen the original signs, she’s still excited.
“It’s a good sign,” Souders said.