The Regional Arts and Culture Council announced in July that Portland artist Gwenn Seemel will create a mural-sized portrait of Kirk Reeves, a Portland street performer and musician who passed away in November of 2012. The RACC-funded, 10-foot-by-30-foot mural,will be located along the east-facing wall of a building on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard, formerly the location of Rich’s Deli.
The portrait will show Reeves in his trademark white tux, black sparkly sweater, his trumpet and red sequined hat against a background of the first few bars of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a song Reeves often trumpeted, and a rainbow of the artist’s distinctive energetic marks.
RACC’s public art mural program, financed by the City of Portland, provides funding for murals reflecting diversity in style and media and encourages artists to apply regardless of background and experience. RACC-approved murals become part of Portland’s public art collection. More information is available at racc.org/murals.