Artists seek a mural victory

Three vie for contest's $5,000 prize; vote through Friday on downtown artworks

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter



Vote for your favorite mural

“Brewery” by Tamra Pfeifle Davisson, Evergreen Boulevard and Main Street.

“Chinook Indians” by Travis Czekalski, Washington and Sixth streets.

“Our First Apple Tree” by Guy Drennan, Columbia and Fifth streets.

How to cast your ballot:

Web: Clark County Mural Society

Facebook: Mural contest

In person at the Art Walk on Friday in downtown Vancouver.

Three Clark County artists have spent hours this summer creating murals depicting scenes from the county’s heritage.

The public has a chance to vote through Friday for a favorite among the three murals created under the direction of the Clark County Mural Society.

The mural titled “Brewery” was created by Tamra Pfeifle Davisson and features four beer bottles with hop vines in a kaleidoscopic design. It’s on Evergreen Boulevard just west of Main Street between the Salmon Creek Brew Pub and Vinnie’s Pizza.

In Travis Czekalski’s mural, “Chinook Indians,” two Chinook people in traditional dress are accompanies by a plankhouse, a bounty of fish and the words, “We travel on the paths of our ancestors and hope that they are as proud of us as we are of them.” The mural is in a parking lot accessible from Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

In “Our First Apple Tree,” Guy Drennan filled the background with an expansive view of Fort Vancouver’s bastion and stockade, Vancouver Barracks and Officers Row. In the foreground, a girl plucks an apple from the circa-1826 apple tree in the original Fort Vancouver orchard. Drennan’s mural is at Torque Coffee Roasters on Columbia and Fifth streets.

All three murals are within easy walking distance of Esther Short Park.

The Community Choice Award (People's Choice) is determined by votes cast by the general population. Friday is the last day to vote. The Community Choice winner will be announced Saturday.

A panel of local judges consisting of art professors, business owners and city officials will determine the three cash award winners on Aug. 1. The winning muralist will receive $5,000. The second and third place muralists will be awarded $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.