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They're noted for their authentic products; now they also will be noted for the new mural on their building

DAVID F. ASHTON - This colorful mural, based on designs by 12-year-old Indigo Nellis-Ultreras, and painted by muralist Christian J. Barrios, is brightening up the corner of Flavel and S.E. 72nd in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. After months of delays, due to delays in obtaining necessary permits and exterior construction on the building, a project finally got underway on January 30th to create a mural on the south-facing side of Brentwood-Darlington's "Three Sisters Nixtamal" organic masa producer and tortilla bakery.

The idea for the scene depicted in the mural came from 12-year-old Indigo Nellis-Ultreras, the son of the woman who maintains their website and creates labels for their product packaging, Sandra Ultreras.

"My mother and I were sitting at the table, thinking about what kind of design would make a good mural for the side of the building," young Nellis-Ultreras, told THE BEE. "We looked at books showing Mexican and Aztec culture, and the image of 'Quetzalcóatl' really stood out to me!"

Quetzalcóatl is a deity in Aztec culture and literature, whose name comes from the Nahuatl language. About this colorful bird-appearing god, Ixtlilxóchitl – a descendant of Aztec royalty, and historian of the Nahua people – wrote, in the 17th Century, "Quetzalcóatl, in its literal sense, means 'serpent of precious feathers', but in the allegorical sense, it means 'the wisest of men'."

"I added other elements [to the mural], like corn, stone grinding, and Quetzalcóatl eating the corn, all under the bright sun," Nellis-Ultreras explained.

One of the company's owners, Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate, said everyone at "Three Sisters Nixtamal" really liked the concept of the art. "And, because we believe that 'art makes life', and because it's on such a visible corner along S.E. Flavel Street at 72nd Avenue, it truly expresses what we're doing inside the building."

"We like the tropical colors and artistic expression that he designed," smiled Ferbel-Azcarate. The actual mural painting was performed by muralist Christian J. Barrios.

Despite the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, they've stayed in operation. "Although restaurants have been challenged to stay open, thanks to an uptick in retail sales, we're grateful that we've been able to keep our people employed," Ferbel-Azcarate said.

To learn more about the company, go online – www.threesisterspdx.com


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