HAVING A HEART FOR ART

Left to right: Felicia Gray, Laura Service, Kathy Baldwin, and Sandra Choate are ready to launch Art at the Heart, a new public art project in Goldendale

An art project aimed at helping beautify and inspire Goldendale has been announced. Called Art of the Heart, it’s a public art project featuring large outdoor works by local artists and conceived to revitalize Goldendale’s downtown area, starting at Columbus and Main Street, states the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

The initial phase of Art at the Heart of Goldendale will be completed this fall at Round 2 on Main Street with alarge-scale mural by Felicia Gray depicting autumnal scenes and a fall-toned mosaic by Sandra Choate. Laura and Rob Service, owners of Round 2, gave the Chamber a go-ahead to start with their building right away. “I’m so excited to be part of this and can’t wait to see it,” Laura said.

Kathy Baldwin, Chamber board member and director of Art at the Chamber (a program of arts by local artists on display at the Goldendale Chamber office), is leading the project. “We have over 50 area artists involved with Art at the Chamber. The caliber of their work is astounding and is the spark for Art at the Heart of Goldendale. Beauty and color inspire and heal the human heart and do the same for a community,” she said. This fall’s installation will be the first of four planned at the corners of Columbus and Main Street to serve as a proof of concept, an inspiration for downtown business owners, visitors, and the community to patronize shops, restaurants, and bars in Goldendale’s downtown.

Increasing the number of visitors and their overnight stays while supporting local entrepreneurship and business relocation to the area are mainstays of the Chamber’s mission. “We’re sponsoring this multi-year project because it will have a direct and lasting impact on how visitors, business owners, prospective investors, and community members perceive the City of Goldendale,” said Nicole Lundin, Chamber Executive Director. “We know tens of thousands of people visit our area every year for the parks, museums, the Goldendale Observatory, wineries, and to attend events, so let’s get these folks into the heart of the city, our county seat, and show them what they’ve been missing.”

The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors say they owe thanks to the City of Goldendale and Klickitat County Economic Development for their support of this first phase of Art at the Heart of Goldendale. The Chamber will gladly accept donations for the next phase of the project, slated for 2022. To donate to Phase 2 of this project, or ask questions, contact Lundin at the Chamber at (509) 773-3400, or email execdir@goldendalechamber.org.