Blossoming painters: Evergreen High School club adds beauty near the dam by creating a blooming mural

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 11/16/22

The Evergreen dam garden is now blooming year-round.

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Blossoming painters: Evergreen High School club adds beauty near the dam by creating a blooming mural


The Evergreen dam garden is now blooming year-round.

A mural has been painted on two sides of the building behind the dam garden with flowers, insects and everything else that a blooming garden contains. That’s why it’s called “Evergreen Blooms at the Dam.”

The mural is a collaboration among the Evergreen Legacy Fund, the Evergreen High School Mural Club, the Evergreen Metro District, Evergreen Garden Club and professional muralist Bobby MaGee Lopez.

Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn and a member of the ELF board, wanted to bring the groups together to create a mural on the building. Evergreen Metro District agreed to allow its building to be used as the mural canvas, and the Evergreen Garden Club, which oversees the public dam garden, agreed to spruce up the area around the building.

The Evergreen Legacy Fund funded the project, and the EHS Mural Club under the direction of art teacher Sarah Grundemann helped design the mural and provided the labor. Grundemann went to college with professional muralist Bobby MaGee Lopez, who agreed to help the club with creating the design and painting the artwork.

The resulting mural was lauded by family members, friends and community leaders at a ribbon cutting on Nov. 12. The mural is beautiful during daylight hours, but it’s even more stunning at night with lights, provided by EMD, shining on it.

“It’s in a spot where drivers will see it,” Riley said. “I’m so proud of its beauty.”

The EHS Mural Club has already painted three murals at the school, and this was its first foray into more public art.

Student Bethany Reimers was proud of her work, and her dad Philip took pictures of her near the parts of the mural she painted.

Bethany said she joined the Mural Club because it sounded like fun.

“It’s cool,” she said of the dam mural. “I can come back and see it when I’m older, and say, ‘I did that.’”

EHS principal Skyler Artes said she loved that the mural was a collaboration, allowing the students to connect with members of the community. She lauded Grundemann for building partnerships outside of the school walls, a testament to her abilities as an educator.

John Ellis, a member of the metro district board, said he was proud to have the best artwork on EMD building.

“On behalf of the board, thanks for such beautiful artwork," he said at the ribbon cutting.

Evergreen high school, mural, art, dam


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