Several months ago, with encouragement from various arts organizations, individual artists, educators and supporters, and the Mayor's office, the Marysville Arts Coalition
was formed with a mission to promote the arts in the community through awareness, participation and appreciation.
In monthly meetings, interested community members have come together to brainstorm ideas to make the arts an integral component of Marysville's image. This month the Marysville Arts Coalition, in partnership with the Marysville Parks Department, the Greater Marysville Artists' Guild, Arts & Tech High School, and several local businesseses, is coordinating a community-wide art project to help showcase the city's holiday spirit while raising money to fund local arts opportunities.
A parade of unique plywood wreaths, decorated to represent families, service clubs or businesses, will be installed on light poles throughout the city beginning the week before Thanksgiving, to be displayed throughout the Christmas holiday.
In fact, the outdoor decorations will be stored for reuse for the next three years, said Parks director Jim Ballew, with additional styles added in subsequent years.
The 39" wreaths, manufactured by Arts & Tech students, will be available at several retail locations (listed below) beginning Monday, Oct. 10, and at the Parks Department's office at Jennings Park. The cost is $30 for a blank cutout, and will include suggestions for weather-resistant decorating ideas.
Buyers also have the option of having their wreaths created by professional artists and crafters for an additional $30 fee ($60 total).
The idea of the plywood cutouts is similar to projects managed by the Arlington Arts Council and Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA), but with a Marysville twist. The goal is to display at least 100 unique and festive holiday wreaths along Marysville's busy corridors in a show of community spirit and unity.
Proceeds from the wreath project will help fund opportunities to promote the arts in Marysville.
For more information about the wreath project, phone (360) 659-1100 during business hours.
Locations for wreath pickup (beginning Monday, Oct. 10):
Jennings Park administrative office, 6915 Armar Rd.
Carr's Hardware, 1514-3rd Street
CraftMart, Marysville Towne Center
HomeStreet Bank, 1238 State Avenue
E&E Lumber, 1364 State Avenue
North County Outlook, 1331 State Ave. #B
Ornamental Arts Gallery, 13805 Smokey Point Blvd. #105