Community center dedicates new mural

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on June 26 at the South Whidbey Community Center.

The South Whidbey Community Center will be dedicating its new mural on Saturday, June 26.

The event will kick off with some family fun at 10 a.m. There will be lunches and crafts, including rock painting, and the center will be giving away culturally diverse kids books in book bags.

The dedication ceremony, officiated by Scott Chaplin in his first event as interim mayor, will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The mural was painted by Columbus, Ohio artist Jeremy Jarvis, with assistance from 2009 South Whidbey High School graduate Max Cole-Takanikos.

The 70-by-38-foot mural, which depicts two children holding a flower, spans the center’s courtyard wall.

Whidbey locals, including children, also contributed to the mural on two “community paint days.”

Saturday’s event will also feature a second, smaller mural by Seattle artists Ariel Parrow and Sean Hamilton. Parrow and Hamilton were runners-up in the artist selection process.

Community center Executive Director Gail LaVassar said that when the center staff received some unexpected additional funding from the Washington State Arts Commission, they reached out to Parrow and Hamilton and commissioned a second mural.

Parrow and Hamilton’s mural, which they completed within a matter of weeks to make the June 26 dedication date, is painted on the South Whidbey School District bus barn close to the community center.

The South Whidbey Community Center, formerly South Whidbey Middle School, is located at 723 Camano Ave in Langley.