New mural in the works for Hillsdale Town Center
by: Submitted photo, This formerly blank wall overlooking the intersection of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Sunset Boulevard is undergoing a facelift, acting as the canvas for a new gateway mural for the Hillsdale Town Center.

HILLSDALE - More public art is on the horizon for the Hillsdale Town Center. Work is underway on a new gateway mural that will grace the back wall of Bank of America, overlooking the 76 station at the corner of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Sunset Boulevard.

Angelina Marino, artist behind the mural at the intersection of Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway, is completing the project. Volunteers helped prep the wall on May 19, and painting began on May 25.

The mural will be focused on welcoming people to Hillsdale, showing an active, vibrant place people love to be, Main Street officials said.

To raise funds for the project, the Main Street Program sold 10 of the faces in the mural, offering neighborhood residents the chance to enter a drawing by pledging $200 if they were chosen. Randomly selected winners were able to choose who they would like to appear in the mural, whether it be themselves, their grandchild or their dog.

Faces to be depicted in the mural include:

-Mike Ponder

-Mike Roach

-Rick Seifert

-David H. Newhall

-Gerry G. Newhall

-Siskiyou Baack, the "mascot of SWTrails"

-Ted Coonfield's truck, which has been frequently seen at the Hillsdale Farmers' Market over the years

-Josh Kadish's granddaughter

-Two selected by Richard Garfinkle, which were unknown at the time the Connection went to press

The project will be completed this month, and an unveiling party will be held Saturday, June 30 to showcase the mural, the neighborhood's redesigned north parking lot and several other projects that are finishing out for the fiscal year, Hillsdale Main Street Executive Director Megan Braunsten said.

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