TIETON, Wash. — A new fruit label mosaic mural has debuted in this Upper Valley town, with another set to appear in public soon.
Workers installed the large, colored glass tile reproduction of the Cowiche Growers Inc. Hy-Land-Kids brand label on the Wisconsin Avenue side of Boxx Gallery on March 2.
Crafted by artisans at Tieton Mosaic over several weeks, it features two boys wearing apple-inspired suits on either side of a giant, shiny red apple with the words “Yakima Apples” popping out in powder-blue letters below them.
It will stay there for a few weeks, until remodeling is complete at the Tieton Made store across the street, said Ed Marquand, founder of Mighty Tieton. The artisan incubator launched Tieton Mosaic in 2013 along with nonprofit Tieton Arts & Humanities and the city of Tieton.
The Hy-Land-Kids mosaic will be dedicated and the Tieton Made store will be open during Tieton Open House, the daylong celebration of everything Tieton on April 27.
“Two dozen people contributed to have that mosaic made, and then Cowiche Growers supplemented it to complete the budget,” Marquand said of the mosaic. “It was a nice group effort, and I really want to acknowledge Cowiche Growers for stepping up and making it all possible.”
Still in process is the Tie-It-On terrier mosaic, funded by a Kickstarter campaign last fall. That label for the F.H. Cubberley Fruit Co. will become the fourth of seven large reproductions of historic fruit labels.
Tieton Arts & Humanities was awarded a $45,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant in summer 2017 to create seven large glass mosaic murals based on vintage fruit labels from the Yakima Valley.
The first, a blue capital T and a ribbon with Tieton in red letters, debuted in August 2017. It hangs on the Mighty Tieton warehouse. The second, a reproduction of the Lloyd Garretson Co. Moon label, hangs on the side of Boxx Gallery that faces Maple Street and the town square.
“Once we move the Hy-Land-Kids to Tieton Made, we’ll hang the Tie-It-On terrier on Boxx Gallery, facing Tieton Made,” Marquand said. Inspired by Beam & Anchor in Portland, the Tieton Made store will feature items crafted in Tieton, along with some outdoor and picnic supplies and information about the area’s outdoor recreation.
“And then ... within the next week or two, we hope to announce the sponsors to the final three” mosaic murals, he said. “That will get us to seven, which is our obligation.
“If any more than seven are interested in participating, we are more than happy to add to that number.”
Each mosaic mural will have a panel with a brief related history. More complete histories of the orchardists and related businesses will eventually be available at www.tietonmosaic.com.