It’s last call for Everyday mural

The mural at the Everyday convenience store will be painted over around July 9; the exact date is not yet known. Artists also will go before the city’s Design Review Board on July 9 to make a presentation on plans for a replacement mural. Enlarge photo

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The mural at the Everyday convenience store will be painted over around July 9; the exact date is not yet known. Artists also will go before the city’s Design Review Board on July 9 to make a presentation on plans for a replacement mural.

Time is of the essence to get your picture taken with Felix the Cat, a robot, a tribal chief or any of the hipsters depicted on the side of the Everyday convenience store at College Drive and East Eighth Avenue.

The mural will be painted over around July 9; the exact date is not yet known, said artist Aaron Schmitt of Durango.

But July 9 is the date of the city’s next meeting of the Design Review Board, when the artists and the board will discuss the next mural design for the Everyday convenience store. The store is already collecting donations for the new artwork.

“There is not enough that I can say for my gratitude toward the people supporting the gas station and the mural,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said he has invited an Arizona-based artist named Jetsonorama to propose the next design. If the Design Review Board approves it, the new mural will be installed within the month of July, Schmitt said.

The artists ran afoul of the city for failing to submit a design the first time. As a compromise, the Design Review Board allowed the current mural to stay until early July as long as artists agreed to submit proposals in the future.

City officials review signs for commercial buildings to determine whether they’re advertisements, which are subject to certain specifications such as size and shape.

The first mural was painted in early April when artists from all over the country were in town for an exhibit on public art at the Durango Arts Center.

Also city officials have complained that the gas station wall was not prepped or primed for the mural. The art has begun to peel.

To address city concerns about maintenance, the artists propose to do a new mural for the space every four months.

“We want to see the opportunity for many different artists to participate this project,” Schmitt said.

He likes that the art has an expiration date. It increases the level of appreciation, he said.

“Everything is temporal, and it is beautiful to see some embrace of that reality,” Schmitt said.

For the current mural with Felix the Cat, Schmitt said, this “is your last chance to really experience the artwork.”

jhaug@durangoherald.com

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