- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Taste of Western mural from 2014. Created by Jason Pawley. [Photo by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman]

Taste of Western mural from 2014. Created by Jason Pawley. [Photo by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman]

Bigger is better for public art on Western Avenue.

For a second year, the lengthy stretch of local businesses will add murals to their buildings in celebration of their annual Taste of Western culinary event held at Will Roger’s Theater on Oct. 15. The event invites Western Avenue businesses to share their dining creations and promote Oklahoma artists.

Western Avenue Association executive director Rachael Taylor said last year’s murals elevated the district and gave the avenue a fresh identity.

“I like that it all happened in one big swoop,” Taylor said in an interview with The Oklahoman. ” We just did five at once to start the process. It was always intended that we’d add more each year until we ran out of space.”

Artists have until Saturday to apply. You can apply right here if you’d like.

Taste of Western mural from 2014. Created by Julie Robertson. [Photo by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman]

Taste of Western mural from 2014. Created by Julie Robertson. [Photo by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman]

Taylor said as of Tuesday only four artists have filled out applications. She urged artists to not let experience be a deterrent. Many of last year’s applicants hadn’t ever tackled a large public art display. Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway and Jason Pawley were among the artists who completed murals in 2014.

Three new locations will host artists for murals this year. The south side of the Ketch Design Centre has been selected as one venue and two others are undecided. A grant will pay for the costs associated with the murals as well as for compensation to selected artists.

Murals will be completed in time for the 14th annual Taste of Western event. Bob Moore Maserati in Oklahoma will provide shuttle cars to take Taste of Western patrons to the mural sites and share more about the artists’ process. The public will also be encouraged to vote for their favorite mural, as they were last year.

“These murals are a happy addition,” Taylor said. “We’ve added a more depth to the district.”

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