Planning meeting for "Save the Mural" group Tuesday, Oct. 15

About this time last year, there was an effort to “Save the Mural,” the four-season mosaic on the exterior wall of the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.  The mural was set for demolition with the reconstruction of the co-op. The expense of saving the entire mural proved to be too much, despite valiant last-ditch efforts by an active group of citizens. However, pieces of this student-created outdoor art were carefully collected and stored in hopes that the mural could be resurrected in some way. “Save the Mural” organizers are happy to report that work will begin soon on another mural project that will incorporate some of the old one.

Ann Mershon, one of the members of the Save the Mural group sent out a message to supporters reporting that organizers have about  $4,000 that will be used for a school-community collaboration to create a new mural. Robin and Mark Johnson of Johnson’s Foods have offered the west wall of their store for the project.

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jana Larson and art teacher Mary MacDonald have agreed to work with their students and local artists to design and produce a new mural.

Save the Mural representatives will be meeting with community members in coming weeks to organize fundraising and mural planning efforts. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to attend a planning meeting Tuesday, October 15. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help in some way is encouraged to contact Mershon at