Mount Angel receives grants for Festhalle mural
A German inspired mural depicting Mount Angel's iconic locations will be installed on the Mount Angel Festhalle this summer.
The city received a $10,000 grant from the Roth Family Foundation to complete the mural, which will be mounted on the front of the building facing Highway 214.
The mural, designed by painter David McDonald, will be 26 feet by 18 feet, and will depict a group of lederhosen clad dancers ringing the Oktoberfest Joy fountain.
John Gooley, a board member of the Mount Angel Community Foundation, said the project was the result of a team effort and exemplified the spirit of donorship which originally made the Festhalle possible.
"If you've ever seen a project built by the community, this is it," Gooley said.
Gooley said that when he approached the Roth Foundation, Michael Roth and the Roth family said they would like to be part of adding the last touches to the building.
"I asked for another donation, and they've never said no," Gooley said.
The mural project received another $3,000 from the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce and $1,000 from the Elaine Annen Trust.
GK Machine of Donald also supported the project, supplying the aluminum sheets the mural will be painted on.
The mural was inspired by German beer halls, which feature large murals as a traditional decoration. The painting will be finished and installed sometime between June and August.
"It's the final touch that's gonna make this building come alive," Gooley said. "That's the wow factor, as we say in Mount Angel."
Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that Gooley was president of the Mount Angel Community Foundation. It has been corrected to indicate he is a board member. We apologize for the error.