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Four murals get new lighting in heart of downtown

HARLEY FORK, an electrician with Hire Electric, mounts the last of six lights that will soon illuminate this Federal Street mural downtown The Dalles. Lights are currently planned for all four of the murals along Federal. See more about project, A2.

HARLEY FORK, an electrician with Hire Electric, mounts the last of six lights that will soon illuminate this Federal Street mural downtown The Dalles. Lights are currently planned for all four of the murals along Federal. See more about project, A2. Photo by Mark Gibson.

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THE DALLES MURAL SOCIETY members pose with new lighting recently installed on the Celilo Falls mural on the Honald Building at East Second and Federal streets. Pictured from front to back are: Mary Stocks, Jody Cochenour, Jake Grossmiller, Gerald Richmond, Marilyn Keys, Matthew Klebes (The Dalles Main Street coordinator) and Gary Honald. Contributed photo

The Dalles Mural Society celebrated new lighting installation under way Jan. 2 of some of the first murals commissioned for downtown The Dalles, four in all.

The society envisions lighted murals drawing more people to help enliven the core of downtown The Dalles during the evening hours.

“This is the prime center of the city,” said society member Jake Grossmiller in an earlier presentation. “[These murals] get the most attention by people coming through.” Individual tourists and bus tours make a point of visiting the murals, he added.

The lighting project was funded with a combination contributions from the City of The Dalles, Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal, Northern Wasco County PUD, Wasco County Cultural Trust and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great to have the murals at this central intersection lighted,” said Matthew Klebes, coordinator of The Dalles Main Street. “It will totally change the atmosphere of downtown at night.”

The Mural Society hopes to eventually light all 14 of its downtown murals. A new brochure is available as a guide to them all.

The society will also be hosting the Chamber Business After Hours in March at La Cabaña and will be offering tours of the murals as part of that event.

The Dalles Mural Society is always looking for volunteers and sponsors, said Gary Honald. “We’re always looking for people to help.”

Online:

www.thedallesmuralsociety.org

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