Essential Worker Appreciation Mural

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Essential Workers Mural Dedication Set for July 1

LAKEPORT, Calif – A new mural in downtown Lakeport recognizing essential workers will be
dedicated on Friday, July 1. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at 120 N. Main
Street, home of the Meals on Wheels Thrift Store.
Conceived as a gift to the community, the mural project was coordinated by the Lake County
Arts Council (LCAC) in collaboration with the City of Lakeport, Lake Family Resource Center,
Lake County Rural Arts Initiative, Lakeport Main Street Association and others.
“The COVID pandemic hit our community hard in so many ways,” according to Lakeport Mayor
Pro Tem Mireya Turner, a leader in the effort to express appreciation for the service, strength
and fortitude of our local essential workers.
“Some of us were able to shelter in place, while others could not do so because we depended
on them to keep our economy and community moving. Many of us left home every day to keep
our supermarkets open, our gas stations operating, to treat our sick, make deliveries, and
harvest our gardens, orchards and vineyards.
“Now is the perfect time for our community to come together and express gratitude to our
residents who gave so much of themselves to help us through this pandemic,” Turner urged.
Local artists responded to the call for proposals which were then evaluated by a panel
representing the sponsors. Four designs were made available for online voting by essential
workers to select the winning design and artist.
Emma Wakefield of Loch Lomond, a recent graduate of San Francisco State University in studio
art, was chosen to paint her depiction of a young boy sleeping under a large quilt which
contains patches with images of essential workers. Shown in the mural are firefighters,
doctors, farmers, construction workers, teachers, police officers, nurses and others. Her
concept represents these workers “protecting and nurturing future generations, keeping us and
our children safe,” she stated in her proposal.
Funds to support the artist’s labor and materials were solicited from the community to “support
this mural project to recognize our friends, neighbors and family members who, through their
actions, kept us strong through the pandemic,” stated Barbara Clark, executive director of the
Lake County Arts Council. “All funds collected are being used for the mural and related
expenses. Any excess funds will be retained for the next public mural project.”
More than one-half of the $8,000 goal for the mural project has been reached with
contributions from Lake County Rural Arts Initiative, Laurie Dohring, Keeling-Barnes Family
Foundation, Timothy Coffey, John Brosnan, Olga Martin Steele, Annelle Durham and Green
Blog Design.
Tax-deductible, charitable donations may be made to the Lake County Arts Council at
https://lakearts.org/essential-worker-appreciation-mural-project/ to support the mural.
The community is invited to the dedication ceremony, followed by the monthly First Friday Fling
at the LCAC Main Street Gallery, 325 N. Main Street, at 5:30 p.m., and the summer concert in
Library Park at 6:30 p.m.

The COVID epidemic has hit our community hard in so many ways since March of 2020. Some of us were able to shelter in place, while others could not do so because we depended on them to keep our economy and community moving. Many of us left home every day to keep our supermarkets open, our gas stations running, to treat our sick, and harvest our gardens, orchards and vineyards.

As we return to a sense of normalcy, now is the perfect time for our community to come together and express our gratitude to our residents who have given so much of themselves to get us all through this pandemic.

The Lake County Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Lakeport, Rural Arts Initiative and Lake Family Resource Center, proposes the installation of a mural on the Meals on Wheels Thrift Store wall in Lakeport 120 N. Main Street,  facing First Street; to express our appreciation for the service, strength, and fortitude of our local essential workers. We would like to thank these friends, neighbors and family members who, through their actions, kept our community strong through this time of need.

We now call on our community to aid us in this mission. The project requires a cash contract of $8,000 to the awarded muralist. All funds collected will go towards the essential worker mural and related costs. Once the $8,000 goal has been reached, the donation button will be removed. In the event of excess funds, any remaining donations will be put aside for the next public mural project.  

Help us thank police officers and firefighters who have continued to keep us safe. Help us thank those who kept food on our table and gas in our cars. Help us thank the doctors and nurses that have diligently cared for the many sick and injured. Help us show all essential workers how much we appreciate their service in this difficult time.

Mural design by Emma Wakefield