Aubrey Morgan and Erin Powers of the SoHi Art Club give the Salmon Wall on Binkley Street in Soldotna a makeover.
In 1988 the Soldotna High School Art Club proposed painting a mural on the Binkley Street retainer wall behind Safeway in Soldotna as a deterrent to graffiti. The mural images the life cycle of a salmon and has remained graffiti free since it was originally painted. This year the SoHi Art Club once again proposed giving the mural a face lift, “During one of our club meetings during school it came up that the wall was starting look a little faded and shabby, so we talked to the City of Soldotna about it and they gave us a $500 grant to cover the costs of paint and supplies. So now Erin and grandma are here helping me complete the project,” Art Club President Aubrey Morgan told the Dispatch with paint brush in hand and paint on her face as well. “It kind of just happens,” said Erin Powers, another art club member, “You get some on the wall, some on your face and some on anyone who gets close,” said Powers. Of the ten or so club members, Powers and Morgan and her grandmother were the two following through with the summer project.
Aubrey Morgan's grandma, Linda Nelson, helps out the SoHi Art Club project on Binkley Street in Soldotna.
According to Powers, the SPD had stopped by to be sure they weren’t vandalizing the mural. “We’ve made a few changes and we have some pictures of the salmon life cycle that we’re working from to make it a little more life-like, but I think they just wanted to be sure,” she said. “It’s fun and I just love being around my granddaughter,” commented Linda Nelson. The team’s signature will join the original art club members who created the mural in 1988 with the new restoration date, “The old names will be re-painted and then we’ll add our signatures with a ‘restored by SoHi Art Club 2007,’” said Morgan. Both Morgan and Powers graduated from SoHi this spring and will be leaving for college in the fall.
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