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Waldport’s Centennial Anniversary Mural, commissioned by the City of Waldport and the Port of Alsea Bay, is about half complete with its grand unveiling set for late-August, early September. Mural Artist Casey McEneny, an art teacher at Newport High School, says he’s painting seven days a week to get the project done on time.
The city and port commissioned the work and chose McEneny out of a field of five finalists, all of whom were very accomplished artists, some from out of state. The judges said that McEneny was selected because of his artistic talents and the fact he was a Waldport High graduate. He was also chosen for his active role in arts promotion, especially among local youth, and his deeply nuanced understanding of coastal Native American cultures and their historic contributions to Waldport’s evolution as a community all of which the port and the city wanted expressed in the mural. The mural is to be hung in two panels that will make the mural 10 feet high by 48 feet long and will be affixed to the south wall of the Waldport Samaritan Clinic downtown on Highway 101.
The Port of Alsea continues to accept donations to pay for the mural. Those interested in contributing should do so to the Port of Alsea and include “Mural Project” on the contribution. Contributions can be dropped off at the Port office at 365 NE Port Street, Waldport or they can be mailed to: Port of Alsea, P.O. Box 1060, Waldport, OR, 97394.
Port Manager Maggie Rivers, as well as the Port’s Board of Commissioners welcome Waldport’s Centennial Anniversary Mural as a great artistic and cultural addition to the City of Waldport and to the region. They hope this beautiful creation will be just the first in a series of murals depicting local history and folklore that can be enjoyed by area residents and visitors to Waldport and the Alsea Bay region.