Artist enhances ambience with mural at local watering hole
When Donny's Gateway Pub put out a call for an artist, Sandy native Chris Angelo answered.
The Sandy business at 39100 Pioneer Blvd. was looking to add some decorative hues to its house of brews. So far, Angelo, who works as a professional tattoo artist at STS Ink in Vancouver, Wash., has supplied a large music-themed mural on the pub's back wall for customers to admire while enjoying their drinks.
"I've been kind of a music fan my whole life," Gateway Pub owner Donny Williams said. "As a business owner, (I wanted) to give my customers something to look at and add some art to Sandy."
The mural depicts a colorful scene of Mount Hood surrounded by the faces of some of Williams' favorite late, great musicians, such as David Bowie and Janis Joplin.
From 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Williams will host an unveiling party. Angelo will be in attendance with a number of his artistic colleagues to chat with customers, and champagne will be served.
Every year, Williams makes donations to local nonprofit organizations and efforts, and he considers his attempts to further beautify his establishment as a contribution to Sandy.
"We want to try and give something back to the community," Williams added. "And, in this case, to our customers."