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AAC wraps up local projects


Sarah Arney

This salmon pole marks a special location where Portage Creek crosses 204th Street.

Arlington Arts Council has been wrapping up a few smaller projects this year.

A salmon pole marks a special location in Kent Prairie, where Portage Creek crosses 204th Street NE, on its way through town to the Stillaguamish River. The grassy area with a sign and gazebo was created when Kent Prairie Elementary School opened at the turn of the century.

The fish for the pole were created with the guidance of Mike Nordine, who taught members of the arts council how to lazer cut corten steel at his muffler shop on Fourth Street.

The post was acquired with assistance from Terry Marsh and installed by Eric Hentila and Ray Drake, of the city's Maintenance and Operations Department. Kelly Larson helped Mike and Tim Johnson, another AAC member, by providing a bucket truck to attach the fish to the pole on Friday, Aug. 5.

AAC has extra fish and plans to use them marking other fish-bearing streams around town.

Sarah Arney

Members of the Arlington Arts Council painted this mural, "Going to Ride," on a pillar under the Centennial Trail at Haller Park

Nordine and Johnson also installed a new printed metal version of the Sound Garden mural recently. It's bright and will last many years.

Members of the arts council also painted a mural, "Going to Ride," on a pillar under the Centennial Trail at Haller Park. The image was submitted by AAC member Janet Myer, of Marysville, and the mural was painted in four sessions by six members of the arts council.

AAC also installed two small murals at the community garden across the street from Arlington Library. Those two murals were painted by children and community members at last year's Art in Legion Park.

The art show is coming up again, on Sept. 10 and 11 this year, with music, more art activities, and a  beer and wine garden.

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