And so it begins … actually, the mural on the back wall of the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy was an idea that has been in the wind for several decades.
“When I came to work for Plumas Arts in the later part of the 1980s, the organization was involved in mural projects in Quincy and Greenville,” explained Roxanne Valladao, director of Plumas Arts and the author of California Arts Council grant applications that funded two of the murals.
In the years following, other priorities, organizational stability and a turbulent economy challenged Plumas Arts, but the notion of a mural on the back of the theater never left Valladao’s mind.
Enter Rafael Blanco, Feather River College’s new arts instructor and accomplished muralist. “We took up the mural on the theater once again,” Valladao said.
Last September, Plumas Arts made a grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts to pay artist fees for a mural with matching funds coming from a generous donation by Wells C. “Captain” Carl Clark.
“We learned that we had been funded in January. Then there were several months of paperwork through state and federal historic preservation offices that was completed in May.”
Once funding was secured, Blanco and Valladao began the concept and design process. “I had had some ideas in my head, but as we tried to get them on paper they just did not work,” said Valladao.
In the search for a visually interesting and appropriate design for the building, photo files were searched. A working design came together in the last week and is on its way through final approval processes, so now the game is afoot. The background painting began last weekend.
The community is invited to watch the evolution of the mural over the coming weeks.