The Guanajuato Mural will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29. The dedication of the mural on the wall on the west side of the Sesame Asian Kitchen restaurant at the entrance to Calle Guanajuato will be presented by Kathryn and Barry Thalden, sponsors of the project.
Kathryn and Barry Thalden presented the idea for the mural to the Public Arts Commission in December 2015. In need of a design layout to receive full approval from the commission, the Thaldens traveled to Ashland Sister City Guanajuato, Mexico, and interviewed multiple mural artists. They decided on Laura Rangel Villaseñor, a self taught artist. She has been working on the mural since the last weekend of May.
The Thaldens previously paid for a mural on the side of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank on Clover Lane. The muralist for that project, Denise Baxter, and Southern Oregon University students assisted with the Guanajuato project.
The project was paid for by the Thaldens after the City Council waived an application fee.
Dignitaries from Guanajuato will be present at the dedication, according to Ann Seltzer, staff liaison for the Public Arts Commission.