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Last piece of mosaic going up this week

MOUNTAIN MUSE - Wendy Sargent works on the last corner of sky on the North Creek mosaic wall. The final piece to the panel will be placed during a ceremony starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at this Main Street location.

MOUNTAIN MUSE - Wendy Sargent works on the last corner of sky on the North Creek mosaic wall. The final piece to the panel will be placed during a ceremony starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at this Main Street location.

— It’s time to place the last piece! The first panel of the North Creek Mosaic Project is almost complete, thanks to the efforts of nearly 500 volunteers over the past three summers.

The large community mural, on retaining walls along North Creek’s Main Street, depicts a scene celebrating the nature and recreation of our area on an ideal spring day — the river, mountains, sky and trees, with accents of skiers, boaters, fishermen, plants and creatures. The scene was created using broken bits of tile, glass, seashells and stained glass, much of which was donated by local residents and businesses.

As the mosaic’s top half was being completed this summer, lead artist Kate Hartley and a few steady volunteers began talking about “the last piece” of the first huge panel. They decided it should be placed with an audience of the local folks who have been so enthusiastic about the artwork. And why not make it a fundraiser, too? They’ll be raffling off the right to place the final piece of the mosaic — a piece of an antique bottle from the Riverside Bottling Company.

If you’d like to be the one to place the last piece, raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each. You can purchase them in advance at barVino or Café Sarah, both on Main Street, North Creek. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event. The “Last Piece Party” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. at the mural, across from Café Sarah and Braley and Noxon Hardware. Raffle drawing, and last piece installation will be at 4:30 p.m.

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