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Terrace Park gets two new murals


August 30, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The landscape mural at the stage of Terrace Park painted by Arlington Arts Council president Sarah Arney and council member Vicki Johnson.

The Arlington Arts Council recently put up two murals at Terrace Park to give the local park a little more color.

A new mural covers the back of the stage at the amphitheater and one of an owl is now on the Terrace Park bathrooms.

The landscape painting at the concert and play stage replaces an old mural that was put up before.

"The mural we had last year was peeling, so we mended it," said Arlington Arts Council president Sarah Arney, who is also a North County Outlook reporter.

Their attempts at repairing the previous mural ended up unsuccessful through.

"During the winter it began peeling again, so it needed to be redone completely," said Arney.

Arney and Arlington Arts Council board member Vicki Johnson painted the landscape.

"We painted a landscape to represent the view behind the park," she said.

She enjoyed working with Johnson on the project.

"Johnson made the mural much more lively with splashes of bright colors that I would have been scared to use," said Arney.

While the council was gearing up to redo the mural at the park's stage, Arlington Arts Council member Erika Bruss proposed to do an owl for the park as well.

Bruss has added some owl art near Legion Park in the past and said she liked how this new Terrace Park project turned out as well.

"I love it. It's very bright and graphic, and it brightens up the park," she said.

Bruss said she enjoys seeing people's reactions as she is working on the public art.

"I like all the people who stop by and will comment on the art while I'm working on it," she said.

"There are a lot of people that will get happy when they see something new in one of their parks," she said.

The Arlington Arts Council has worked since 2003 to add public art like the two recent murals to the community.

"We do a lot of work in the community to make art like this," said Bruss.

Christopher Andersson

The owl mural painted by Arlington Arts Council member Erika Bruss on the bathrooms at Terrace Park.

Council members say that public art helps make the Arlington environment a little brighter.

"It really improves the whole experience of being part of the community," said Arney.

"It makes the community more beautiful," added Bruss.

Public murals also help get people to look around a little more in their parks, said Bruss.

"Art helps people want to go to different places in the community," she said.

"It makes it fun to walk around the town," said Arney.

The council's Art in Legion Park event is also happening on Sept. 9 and 10. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and features the work of local painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists.

More information about the council and their local events is available at their website at


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