Artist reception this Thursday for ‘Yukon Sunset’ mural

Tox Murillo will sign prints; T-shirt orders taken

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“Yukon Sunset” artist Tox Murillo stands in front of the vibrant and colorful cultural mural that adorns the east side of a City of Yukon-owned building, 528 W Main. The public is invited to an artist reception and ribbon cutting set 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 in downtown Yukon. (Photo provided)

An artist reception for the “Yukon Sunset” mural will be 5:30-7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 18 in downtown Yukon.

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The event will kick off with a Yukon Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at 528 W Main.

The public is invited to see Yukon’s newest public art project in person and meet with artist Tox Murillo.

Attendees will be able to purchase first-edition canvas prints and regular prints featuring the 21-by-50-foot mural, which has brightened Main Street. T-shirt orders also will be taken.

Proceeds will benefit the Yukon Main Street beautification fund.

The Yukon Sunset mural depicts a spectacular Yukon sunset.

The large painting features a prominent image of the state bird – the scissor-tailed flycatcher – and other elements of Oklahoma and Route 66.

It took about two weeks for Murillo to finish the mural, which adorns the east wall of a City of Yukon building that houses the Yukon Main Street office.

The Enid artist started June 18 and returned July 5 to add his signature.

Murillo was selected among 16 artists who submitted proposals for this Yukon Main Street mural project.

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FUNDS RAISED

Yukon 66 Main Street raised $15,000 to cover the cost of the Yukon Sunset mural. No public, taxpayer funds were used.

The work was funded, in part, by a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful roadside grant. Other funds were collected through sponsorships, donations, the adopt-a-bench program, Yukon Salutes banner program, and sales of Creative Crosswalk T-shirts.

The Yukon Sunset mural and other public art projects are part of ongoing efforts to beautify and further revitalize Yukon’s historic Main Street district.

For more information on Thursday’s artist reception, call (405) 350-5999 or email mainstreet@yukonok.gov

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