Marysville ready to hang artists’ wreaths throughout city

MARYSVILLE — Painted wooden wreaths are ready to be put up around the city.

The wreaths are part of a community art project organized by the Marysville Arts Coalition. Plywood cutouts manufactured by students at Marysville Arts and Technology High School were sold for $30 at the city’s parks and recreation office and other locations for several weeks.

Those who wanted their 39-inch wreath professionally decorated paid another $30, said Beckye Randall, chairwoman of the Marysville Arts Coalition. The funds from the wreaths will go toward opportunities to promote the arts in the city, Randall added.

About 30 painted plywood wreaths had been turned into the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department by Wednesday afternoon. A total of 65 were sold, and finished wreaths can be turned into the Jennings Park administrative office through Friday.

The parks department plans to install the wreaths beginning Nov. 28 on light poles between Third and State streets and possibly on 88th Street, said Jim Ballew, the city’s parks and recreation director.

“Our hope is to install them on the pedestrian lights where we also install our hanging baskets,” Ballew said. “Several are lighted, and that’s probably the best location for people to see some of the detail.”

The wreaths are all uniquely decorated, Ballew said. Some are three-dimensional. One represents winter scenes from Marysville’s history while another has size 15 hockey skates and a hockey stick hanging from it.

Marysville Historical Society board member Karen Burkhart came up with the idea for the organization’s vintage winter scene wreath.

It features a couple ice skating, kids building a snowman and the Marysville Water Tower decorated for the season among other scenes.

“Because of all the details in the painting (the Parks and Recreation office) said they would probably hang it low,” Burkhart said. “It’s a really neat project.”

The wreath was painted by local artist Janet Myer.

Randall gives credit to the Arlington Arts Council for inspiring the project with their own community art projects that include decorated wooden snowmen.

“They blazed the way for this and we’re tagging along,” Randall said. “I’m excited that we got participation for our first year. I’m hoping next year will go even better.”

When the holidays are over the wreaths will be taken down and put away for next year, Ballew said. The department and Marysville Arts Coalition is considering a similar umbrella art project in the spring, he added.

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491;

Talk to us

More in Local News

Suspected impaired driver crashed with Edmonds police officer

Both the driver and officer were injured Friday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Everett killer sentenced to 43 years for fatal home invasion

Edmond Overton, 26, broke into a home and shot two men in October 2017. One of them died at the scene.

Why does a left-turn signal go green when no cars are there?

A commuter noticed the anomaly at an intersection on Everett Mall Way.

Please stop killing bumble bees: They’re not ‘murder hornets’

Beekeepers say residents are mistaking bees and wasps for Asian giant hornets.

Seniors from Marysville schools mark accomplishment with parade

In an attempt to make up for losing the usual graduation, parents planned a city-wide parade Friday.

Burglary suspect identified after fatal Everett break-in

A homeowner shot the man Thursday morning. The slain man had served much of his adulthood in prison.

Edmonds mayor removes finance director with no cause given

Scott James joined the city in 2014. He’s the third department director to leave in the past year.

Neighbors oppose Everett’s possible sale of 92.5 wooded acres

The city has owned the land around Wood Creek, which was once its water supply, for decades.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday news conference here

He is to talk about statewide demonstrations over the weekend.

Most Read