The third and largest-to-date Scotts Valley Mural-in-a-Day project is set to cover the side of Scotts Valley Library, 351 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley on August 3 and 4.
The 100-foot by-21 1/2 foot mural incorporates elements of designs from University of California, Santa Cruz student Aiden McCarthy and Santa Cruz artist Jen Raynes. It will feature some of the rich history of the Sky Park Airport which operated from 1947 to 1983. The main subject will be a landing airplane that seems to be coming toward the viewer.
“The mural gives you kind of a feeling for the place,” said Dawn Teall, the founder of Scotts Valley Artisans, the driving force behind the Mural-in-a-Day projects in Scotts Valley. “It’s a real dynamic mural that feels like it’s moving.”
Additionally, the mural will include, in the background, faces of local residents and business owners who have contributed to the project as well as certain elements of the history of Skypark.
Teall said the airport was originally opened to train pilots under the GI Bill who were leaving the army after World War II. It became a municipal airport for small crafts and activities included air shows, lessons as well as drag racing, funny car racing and motorcycle racing in the 1950s. Perhaps most famously, Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple, famously crashed his Beechcraft Bonanza while taking off from Sky Park in 1983.
Scotts Valley Artisans still seeks sponsorships for the mural, although many have already stepped forward, Teall said.
Both painting days will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the majority of the mural being painted by the end of the second day.
Teall said the group is still looking for volunteers who are willing to paint a section of the mural.
“This is essentially a paint by numbers,” she said. “You don’t have to be an artist; you just have to stay within the lines.”
For information: Scotts Valley Artisans, www.scottsvalleyartisans.com, or 439-9094.