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Bill Mitchell — Self portrait with his '54 Autoette electric cart & wheelchair.

Anacortes Mural Project

When we first walked downtown we thought it would be fun to photograph all the colorful murals we saw.  We quickly abandoned this obsessive compulsive behavior when we realized that the number of murals seemed endless … there are well over a hundred. Most murals aren’t painted directly on buildings but are actually wood cutouts attached to the walls. The murals are based on photographs depicting life in Anacortes over the last century. They include an eclectic mix of local characters … bartenders, musicians, shopkeepers, and one of the artist himself. This collection of murals is known as The Anacortes Mural Project and is the brainchild of lifelong Anacortes artist and local history buff Bill Mitchell. Confined to a wheelchair, Mitchell has been painting the murals since 1984. We saw him scooting around town in his electric cart giving a personal tour. On our next visit we want to take a tour of his unique home-museum and studio … he promises that it will be "a mind expanding experience you'll remember for years”.

Anacortes Junk Co. — Mack truck with owner Mike Demopoulus & old paper. (1918)

That's Rudy Malland on the left ... The Banjo King ... he wore out 6 banjos during his long career. On the right ... saxophonist Bill McCallum.

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