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PHOTOS: Community-minded mural pops up on West Center Street

by Casey Kreider
| August 6, 2020 12:33 PM

Artist Thomas Valenica, of Creston, is in search of a few helping hands. Valencia is in the process of creating a mural along West Center Street at Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell. He’s doing the painting himself but he’s in search of anyone willing to “lend a hand or two” in hopes of filling a white panel of space beneath the mural with painted hand prints.

Valencia began working on the project about two weeks ago and used GoFundMe to crowdsource money for primer paint, low-pressure spray paint cans for the detail work and additional supplies.

He primarily works on the project in the evening hours. He received permission to complete the work from the building owner, Valley Linen, and the city of Kalispell.

The mural will feature snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers and streams, wildlife, forests and flowers and will transition from a daytime to nighttime scene from left to right when completed. The project will span about half a block when finished.

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Artist Thomas Valencia spray-paints the hand of Raven Stanley as her sister, Violet, and father, Jordan, watch below a mural Valenica is creating along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the white horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Artist Thomas Valencia, left, of Creston, spray-paints the palm of Jordan Stanley in front of a mural Valencia is creating along West Center Street at Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia began working on the project about 10 days ago and used GoFundMe to crowdsource money for primer paint, low-pressure spray paint cans for the detail work and additional supplies. Valencia also seeks the community's help with filling the lower white panel of the mural with painted hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting a little spray paint on your hands. He primarily works on the project during the evening hours, which he received permission to complete from the building owner, Valley Linen, and the city of Kalispell. The mural features snowcapped mountains, rushing rivers and streams, wildlife, forests and flowers and will transition from a daylight to a nighttime scene from left to right. The mural will span an entire block when complete. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Painted hand prints decorate a wall below a mural created by Thomas Valencia along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Destiny Stanley has her hand spray painted by artist Thomas Valencia in front of a mural Valencia is creating along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the white horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Artist Thomas Valencia, left, watches as Jordan Stanley, right, helps his daugther, Violet, press her painted hand print onto a wall below a mural Valencia is creating along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the white horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Painted hand prints decorate a wall below a mural created by Thomas Valencia along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Painted hand prints decorate a wall below a mural created by Thomas Valencia along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A mural created by artist Thomas Valencia along West Center Street at Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Thursday, Aug. 6. Valencia began working on the project about 10 days ago and used GoFundMe to crowdsource money for primer paint, low-pressure spray paint cans for the detail work and additional supplies. Valencia also seeks the community's help with filling the lower white panel of the mural with painted hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting a little spray paint on your hands. He primarily works on the project during the evening hours, which he received permission to complete from the building owner, Valley Linen, and the city of Kalispell. The mural features snowcapped mountains, rushing rivers and streams, wildlife, forests and flowers and will transition from a daylight to a nighttime scene from left to right. The mural will span an entire block when complete. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Painted hand prints decorate a wall below a mural created by Thomas Valencia along West Center Street and Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Valencia is asking for the community's help in filling the horizontal panel with hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting spray paint on your hand. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A mural created by artist Thomas Valencia along West Center Street at Fifth Avenue West in Kalispell on Thursday, Aug. 6. Valencia began working on the project about 10 days ago and used GoFundMe to crowdsource money for primer paint, low-pressure spray paint cans for the detail work and additional supplies. Valencia also seeks the community's help with filling the lower white panel of the mural with painted hand prints, as long as you don't mind getting a little spray paint on your hands. He primarily works on the project during the evening hours, which he received permission to complete from the building owner, Valley Linen, and the city of Kalispell. The mural features snowcapped mountains, rushing rivers and streams, wildlife, forests and flowers and will transition from a daylight to a nighttime scene from left to right. The mural will span an entire block when complete. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)