The unveiling of the Circle of Gold Mural at the Curry County Fairgrounds occurred Oct. 3 before a crowd of Gold Beach residents.
“The mural idea started out as a passing shared thought in January that this was a blank wall that should have something painted on it,” said Becky Schafer.
So, she turned to her friend Janee Lensing, and the two co-lead the project.
According to Schafer, the idea received a nod of approval from the Curry County Fair Board in February, and the duo set off to pursue donations and community support that would allow them to completely fund the mural on the inside wall of the south end of the Livestock Pavilion.
Lensing applied for and received grants from the Curry County Cultural Coalition and Curry Art Inc., for $550 and $1,000 respectively. After that, private donations filled in funding gaps to meeting the $3,000 required to complete the project.
“Countless individuals have donated money or time or supplies, and many businesses have given of their professional talent for everything from painting the main wall white, mounting the mural panel frame on the wall, hauling the panels from the painting room, mounting the panels on the big wall, framing the artwork and even finishing touch up painting,” Schafer said.
All told, Schafer said the design, prep, and painting of the mural took over 500 hours, and started in July and finished in early August.
The mural was a “life-changing event for many,” said Schafer. “The big reveal was long-awaited, and it was exciting to show off what the community gave for everyone to enjoy.”