Community invited to mural dedication

Aug. 3, 2019 — The Public Arts Committee of the City of Florence, in conjunction with the Florence Urban Renewal Agency, invites the community to the “Stitching Cultures, Weaving Time” Mural Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at the site of the Central Lincoln PUD shop building on Quince Street, between Highway 126 and 10th Street.

Parking at the mural site is limited. Attendees are asked to please park at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., and walk to the location.

This large, bold mural is the most ambitious project to date from the city’s public arts program. The artist team, Marino-Heidel Studios, has completed the artwork depicting iconic Florence images like the Siuslaw River Bridge, wildlife, local plants and flowers and images of Native Americans.

The public art program’s objective is to display art that has the “wow” factor. It also represents the cooperation of several groups working with the city’s Public Arts Committee; including the Florence Urban Renewal Agency, Central Lincoln PUD, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

The Public Arts Committee is comprised of eight volunteers from the Florence area, including business owners and artists. This is the ninth project of the Public Arts Committee, but the first mural that will be installed under the guidance of the committee.

The Public Arts Committee’s mission is to “integrate art into the daily life of our community and inspire extraordinary creative expression that will enrich public awareness, enhancing the vitality, economy and diversity of Florence through the arts.”

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