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Southgate Mall Exterior Mural Underway

Southgate Mall is working with a local artist to add color, texture and vibrancy to outdoor spaces for the community to enjoy as part of The Canvas Project. Southgate Mall has selected Missoula artist Ann Karp of Sideways Gaze Art & Sign for this installation.

Ann has been painting in Montana since 2009. She has painted murals for restaurants, non-profit organizations, private homes, and stores around the state. Inside Southgate Mall, visitors can enjoy several of Ann’s creations, including the “Missoula Strong” painting by Sunglass Hut.

Through the Canvas Project, local artists have a space to showcase their art within prominent areas of Washington Prime Group town centers across the country. While celebrating and supporting local artists is at the heart of The Canvas Project, it also provides an opportunity for the community to connect and grow together through art, emotion and imagination.

“Local artists make our community vibrant,” said Tim Winger, General Manager at Southgate Mall. “Their use of subjects, color, texture and composition awaken a sense of curiosity and connection to the world around us. The Canvas Project supports our local arts culture, while providing an opportunity for our community to grow together.”

Southgate Mall wanted this artwork to be highly visible to the community and guests. For that reason, the mural will enliven the exterior wall next to the new mall entrance that is currently under construction on the west side of the shopping center. Southgate Mall has worked closely with Ann Karp to create a plan for artwork that will inspire the community. The concept is inspired by the natural beauty of the Missoula valley. Painting has already begun, with the project expected to be completed over the coming weeks.

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