The Main & Vine Mural was an experiment in charcoal and ordinary house paint. Initially bid as two full color murals, the final palette shrunk to reflect a more industrial scheme that is prominent throughout the successful "local marketplace" concept in play at the old "QFC" grocery store. Mural artist Bob Henry created subtle motion in the waves that will make you seasick.
The mural sketches above represent Gig Harbor's contemporary recreational uses as well as the town's historic commercial fishing industry. (click to toggle between the two original design sketches)
Work on both murals began the first week in January 2016. They were completed the day before opening, February 1. The main floor mural features the 1929 purse seiner "New Oregon" owned by local fisherman, Andy Blair. His son, Rickie, is shown running the skiff.
Artistic license places Darrin Stutz, longtime skiffman for the "Memories", in the foreground. The "Mystic Lady" owned and operated by Michael Babich is shown far left under Mount Rainier. Once known as the most successful fleet in the Northwest, Gig Harbor's commercial fishing fleet still numbers over 35 vessels.
The "Memories" is shown with the shadow of skipper, Paul Ancich, in the tophouse. It is now owned and operated by cousin, Chuck Horjes and business partner, Mitch Clark. The Memories was built in 1957 and operated by my father, George Ancich, until he retired in the 70s.
The upper mural depicts contemporary recreational uses and the iconic lighthouse at the entrance to Gig Harbor.
Mount Rainier connects the murals...
Below, Bob Henry refines the seascape as Lita Dawn adds color to the charcoal skiff.
The main floor image measures approximately 14-ft x 17-ft high, with the 2nd story mezzanine level mural measuring about 14-ft x 8-ft high.
Tacoma News Tribune -- January 28, 2016