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Mural depicting Arroyo Grande history takes shape in Village

Colleen Mitchell-Veyna is painting a mural on the side of the building that used to house JJ's Market in the Arroyo Grande Village.
Colleen Mitchell-Veyna is painting a mural on the side of the building that used to house JJ's Market in the Arroyo Grande Village. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A large mural with scenes of Arroyo Grande’s history is coming to life on East Branch Street in the Village.

Visalia resident Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, who was recently selected to paint a mural on the east side of the former JJ’s Market building, started work May 12. She expects to finish well before her two-month timeframe is up.

“Morning hours are difficult because of the sun,” Mitchell-Veyna said Friday, sitting on a lift to reach the top portion of the wall. A blue tarp attached to the lift provided some needed shade.

Mitchell-Veyna started by outlining the larger pieces of the mural on the building, including a train, a farmer with horses pulling a plough, and other farmers with crops. The small detail work will come later.

“All I need is just a vague outline and then I can go from there,” she said. “By the end of next week, some good stuff should be showing.”

The mural is the city’s first public art project since public art guidelines were approved by the Arroyo Grande City Council in 2002, Community Development Director Teresa McClish said. The guidelines were amended in 2011 to outline the process for public art on private property.

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