Sisters tag team on mural depicting Mukilteo

By Brandon Gustafson | Sep 11, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Sisters Abby and Riley Kizziar painted this mural at local travel expert Pam Anderson’s home in Mukilteo throughout the summer. The mural depicts many key features of Mukilteo, such as the lighthouse and a ferry.

There are a few pieces of art across town unique to Mukilteo.

There’s the wood-caved totem at the roundabout at Lighthouse Park, the “hot dog man” wood statue where the old Neener Neener Weiner hot dog restaurant used to be, and the statues of men at Red Cup Café.

But there’s a new piece of art in town, located midtown off 80th Street Southwest at local travel expert Pam Anderson’s home.

The art? A painted mural that captures what people may think when considering Mukilteo, complete with “Welcome to Mukilteo” smack dab in the middle.

With the mural, you’ve got the Mukilteo Lighthouse, perhaps Mukilteo’s most famous icon. There’s also an airplane, representing nearby Boeing and Paine Field, as well as the aerospace industry that has been at the backbone of Mukilteo for many years.

Add in the water, a ferry, a sailboat, and a totem, and the mural seems to have captured the essence of Mukilteo.

Anderson and her husband, Steve, have lived in their house for a few years, and she said she’s wanted something like a mural on the concrete wall that separates her house from a neighbor’s for a while.

So she reached out to Kamiak High School’s art department, which introduced her to now-senior Abby Kizziar toward the end of last school year.

“She’d reached out to the school to see if anyone would be interested in a project like this, and my art teacher asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said yes,” Abby said. “Pam wanted the mural to be about the community, but she left it pretty open creatively.”

To help with the project, Abby recruited her older sister, Riley, who studies art at Central Washington University.

“It was her project,” Riley said. “I just got to jump on.”

“We’ve wanted to do a big piece together like this for a while,” Abby said. “We’d always talked about doing a mural together and this kind of came out of the blue. We always paint or do art at home, so it was fun to try something different.”

To start the project, Abby sketched some ideas on a plane back to Washington from North Carolina.

“Most of (the sketches and the mural) was freehand,” she said.

“We kind of just went for it,” Riley added.

As it was essentially Abby’s project, she did a lot of the base work for the piece. Riley said she and some friends helped with touching up various aspects and with lettering.

Anderson said she loves it.

“Isn’t this just so cool?” she said. “When I had the idea, I was thinking maybe orcas, fish, and the lighthouse. I went to Kamiak and saw they had all these amazing pieces of art and artists, and this was the result. It’s incredible.”

The sisters also added a stamp and postage symbol with “P” and “S” on it for Pam and Steve, alluding to Anderson’s work as a travel expert.

Another nice touch was with the lighthouse, which has three beams of light coming from the top.

“We did that to honor the three shooting victims in 2016,” Abby said. In 2016, there was shooting at a house party that left three 2015 Kamiak grads dead and a fourth injured.

The sisters started the project at the beginning of the summer and put the finishing touches on just two weeks ago, just in time for Abby to start her senior year at Kamiak.

The duo said they are proud of the end result, and are grateful to the Andersons for letting them achieve a longtime goal of theirs.

“We just really want to thank them for letting us do this,” Riley said.

“It’s super encouraging and inspiring,” Abby said. “None of this would have happened if Pam hadn’t reached out.”

Anderson admires both the girls and their work.

“Oh my goodness, well I love them both and their family,” she said. “We had a nice dinner together on Sunday and they are just a sweet and giving family.”

Anderson said the feedback she’s heard on the mural has been mostly positive.

“I love it, most of our neighbors and friends that have seen the progression love it,” she said.  “There are just a few negative (comments) and you can't get away from that.”

 

Abby and Riley Kizziar with a draft of the mural. Abby started sketching ideas while on a plan back to Washington from the East Coast. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
The mural captures different aspects of Mukilteo, such as the waterfront and airplanes. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
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