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Otto Petersen Elementary Mural with artist Veronica Reeves
Artist Veronica Reeves

The Otto Petersen collaborative public mural is finally installed and dedicated. We officially unveiled the mural on June 21st, 2017, surrounded by friends, supporters, students and their parents, and community leaders. Kelly Powell, a previous principal of Otto Petersen, started out the dedication with praising the power of community involvement. Outgoing principal Whitney Hessong finished up with a long list of well deserved thank yous. We called up the 14 students who contributed designs to the mural and in ensemble, -this was my favorite part, they ripped the paper off the mural to the cheering of the crowd that spilled out into the street. This was after all the attendees had meandered through the building to see over 1200 pieces of student art, a student produced puppet show, and the performance of the scappoose Band Mentorship program including students from Otto Petersen Elementary, Scappoose Middle School, and Scappoose High School. What a wonderful night, a wonderful end to an arduous 7 month art venture, and a great beginning to what I hope will mean more public art projects in my future!




By V2R2

Veronica Reeves is an artist living and working in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

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