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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Rodeo Mural Design Selected


The Ellensburg City Council approved the selection of a Rodeo-themed mural to be installed on the Craig’s Hill Water Reservoir, visible from the Kittitas Valley Event Center Rodeo Arena, in honor of the Ellensburg Rodeo’s 100-year anniversary.

The selected design, by The Rural Mural Plural, depicts a classic roping scene from the Ellensburg Rodeo, calf roping with the text “Ellensburg 100 Rodeo.” Minor refinements to the design will be made before the installation, which is expected to start in mid-June.

The mural was selected unanimously by a committee after reviewing 20 artist applications, and three finalist design proposals. The cost is $22,000 paid from the lodging tax tourism funds. 

The Rural Mural Plural is made up of artists Marlin Peterson, Heather Dappen, and Ellen Bruex from Wenatchee. The three members have artistic specialties that encompass digital design, anatomical realism, and typography. 

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