Richmond makes progress on one of its largest community murals

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Richmond makes progress on one of its largest community murals
All photos by Kathy Chouteau.

By Kathy Chouteau

Progress is being made to one of the largest community murals in Richmond history, but a little more help is needed from the community to get the job done.

A series of “Community Paint Days” are ongoing to help Lead Artist Richard Muro Salazar and Assistant Lead Artist John Wehrle paint The Parchester Village Soundwall Mural, located nearby the Parchester Community Center. The mural is slated to cover an expansive 88 panels of the sound barrier wall along Giant Road.

Photos show fast progress being made on the vibrant mural.

Volunteer shifts are available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on June 15, July 13, July 20, and July 27. A number of community members have volunteered on two previous Paint Days to get the project started, but more Richmond-power is needed.

Volunteers need not be pros to pitch in; the mural includes outlines of a variety of natural and community-themed scenes that just have to be filled in by painters.

The Parchester Village Neighborhood Council, Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, Meritage Homes, and Richmond Love Your Block are also involved in the project. During a recent visit, the Standard observed the Richmond Police Department keeping a watchful eye on the partially completed mural.

To register, click here. Refer questions to [email protected] or call 510-620-6563.