Our Aberdeen gets money from city for mural restoration

The city of Aberdeen has awarded the Our Aberdeen group $3,800 to print art-related brochures and restore the centennial murals that have dotted the Harbor since 1986.

The allocation comes from tourism tax dollars the city collects from residents staying in local hotels and motels.

Denny Lawrence, who sits on the Our Aberdeen steering committee, says the group has its eye on two murals right now, one by the Aberdeen Transit Station and the other by the westside Swansons.

“We’ve been trying to get funding to get the murals redone,” Lawrence said Friday. “We want to spruce them up and make them presentable.”

Many of the murals have simply faded away over the past 25 years. A mural that hung on the old LaVogue’s Building in Hoquiam was torn down when the wall was replaced.

Lawrence said that Our Aberdeen is trying to contact the original mural artists, but if they can’t be reached, they may try to find someone else to help.

Hans Rehder, who did the new mural on the exterior of the Star Wars store in Aberdeen, had said he always wanted to do restoration work on the centennial murals.

“Give me money for paint and I’ll do it,” Rehder said in December. “If you look close, a lot of these murals just need a good power wash. Maybe there’s mold and mildew and the paint is peeling.”