Fundraising is underway to restore and protect the large outdoor mural that overlooks Fairhaven Village Green.
Lanny Little of Bellingham painted the mural in 2000 on the north side of commercial buildings next to the green. The mural features an historic image of Fairhaven Hotel before it was gutted by fire in 1953, and portrays several people in faux windows.
Since then, Mother Nature has taken its toll on the mural.
"It gets a lot of wear and tear in the weather," Little said.
He plans to begin touching up and repairing the mural Aug. 1. The work will include applying a clear acrylic coating that will protect the artwork and make it easy to remove graffiti.
"Doing this now, it will last for decades until anything has to be done with it," Little said.
To pay for the project, donations are being accepted. People who donate $125 or more can have their name added to the lower-right part of the mural.
Also, raffles tickets will be sold during Saturday night movie presentations at the Village Green this summer. In August, the raffle winner will be chosen and that person can have his or her likeness, or the likeness of someone they choose, added to the mural.
In addition, Little plans to add Gordon Tweit to the mural.
Tweit, who grew up in Fairhaven, worked at Fairhaven Pharmacy for 50 years, first as a delivery boy, then as the pharmacist owner, before selling the business in 1991. Over the years, he has taken countless photographs of people at Fairhaven events, including Ski to Sea, Dirty Dan Days and Halloween, and put their smiling faces on display in the pharmacy's windows.
"He's such a good supporter of Fairhaven," Little said.
Details about donations, and a contribution form, are available at Little's website, lannylittle.com.
Volunteers interested in helping Little restore the mural should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or email@example.com.