Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village to host celebration for first public artwork

Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village to host celebration for first public artwork

KENNEWICK, Wash. – After two years, the Latino Heritage Mural Project for the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village is finally complete.

The Port of Kennewick and the Latino community worked together to tell their story through quality public art.

"The Port of Kennewick has been investing in public art to revitalize Kennewick’s historic waterfront," said Tana Bader Inglima, deputy CEO of the Port of Kennewick. "We've put a number of pieces out on Clover Island and this is the latest installation."

The artist said he wanted to capture the essence of this region by exploring themes of agriculture and wine labor, and the Latino history in the Tri-Cities region.

"So far, I’ve had some very positive comments, I had a nice one last night, which made me feel like we're on the right track,” said Andrew Reid, the artist. “She said this represents me and my family and all the things that I remember. That's what this is all about.”

The imagery represents the values of family, a strong work ethic, and cultural pride.

"This mural helps celebrate the Latino heritage in this community and their contributions to wine and agriculture,” Bader Inglima said. “It's a perfect fit for the wine village."

Reid believes art can transform a community and serve as driver for tourism.

"It's become a tremendous trend to go look at public art," Reid said. “And I see that happening here.”

A celebration for the completion of the Latino Heritage Mural Projecting is coming Wednesday, May 23 at 2:00p.m. at 421 East Columbia Drive in Kennewick.

The community is invited to come to the event, see the mural, meet the artist, and enjoy live music along with a wine social hour.

"Come enjoy the public art that's helping us transform Kennewick’s waterfront," Bader Inglima said.

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