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Volunteer artists have begun painting a large mural along the west wall of the former Hazen Hardware store in downtown Clatskanie.

The Mural Crew

The mural painting crew at work.

The mural, 'Homeward Bound,' is the creation of Seaside artist Mark Kenny. His artwork has been selected following a mural image contest. The mural features Chinook salmon swimming up a river to spawn.

Fish Head

A volunteer works paint around the giant fish head on the new mural.

Taking Shape

The giant salmon mural is slowly taking shape along the wall of th former Hazen Hardware store in downtown Clatskanie.

Up High

This volunteer perches on top of scaffolding to reach the top of the mural during the painting project.

The Hazen Hardware wall will be the first to be painted in the project, with the Radio Shack building, just done the street and, a few blocks away, the Clatskanie skate park to follow shortly after.

The Clatskanie mural project is the vision of Jeremy Furnish, who is the Clatskanie Bloom Gallery president and founder of the Clatskanie Artists Network.

Furnish said his vision of the project is to establish several murals throughout Clatskanie in order to visually improve the city, as well as to encourage engagement, education and involvement from the community.

Follow development of the art projects here online and in the Friday print editions of The Chief.

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