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Artist puts finishing touches on mural at Capitol and Terwilliger

Angelina Marino received funding through anti-graffiti grant
by: Claire Oliver Angelina Marino, the mural’s artist, said she plans to complete the 700-square-foot piece by the end of the month.

HILLSDALE - Marking an entrance to Hillsdale with a reminder

of its past, 20-year Hillsdale resident Angelina Marino is putting the finishing touches on a mural that will grace the once-bare retaining wall along Southwest Capitol Highway at Terwilliger Boulevard.

Marino, a professional artist, has painted several other large-scale murals throughout the Portland metro area, including a recently completed 1,300-square-foot work for the Beaverton Arts Commission.

Her varied repertoire, however, also includes a series of 2' by 2' pieces now on display at Trinity Church of Portland as well as sculptures she's created in collaboration with her husband and fellow artist, Joel Heidel.

Heidel has been assisting Marino with the Hillsdale mural since she began painting at the end of August.

The 700-square-foot mural's design will hint at the Hillsdale area's dairy-farming past and honor the Terwilliger Parkway, which will celebrate its centennial next year.

Marino began planning for the project in February, introducing the idea to the community and gaining approval from various organizations and city departments, including Southwest Neighborhoods Inc., the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and the Friends of Terwilliger.

Gaining permission was a groundbreaking process, she said, as there had previously been no protocol for approving a mural on a public retaining wall.

Marino's work is funded through a SWNI anti-graffiti grant and money allotted by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, although she said she's still looking for a few thousand dollars to cover the remainder of her expenses.

She said the mural has been catching people's attention since she began.

'We get honks all the time,' she said, along with people of all ages wanting to try their hand at painting.

In addition to Marino's mural, a second large-scale painting commissioned by the Hillsdale Bike Coalition was recently completed in the Hillsdale Shopping Center - part of a recent push by the neighborhood for public art.

And Marino said she appreciates this effort.

'It gives people opportunity to communicate and relate to each other,' she said.

It also helps to make them aware of the history of the area and generate interest in art.

'It's not in a gallery; you don't have to pay to see it,' she said. 'It's for everybody.'

Once it's finished, Marino's mural will cover the entire retaining wall and will be covered with an anti-graffiti sealant.

She said she plans to complete the mural by the end of November,even if that means working between rain showers.