As a gift to the Flathead Lake community, the Flathead Lakers will be installing a wall art mural outside the Salish Building in Polson (on the lakeshore between Riverside and Sacajawea Parks) where the organization is headquartered. 

The mural was designed to honor the natural beauty, tribal culture, history, and wildlife of Flathead Lake, one of most pristine and scenic lakes of its size in the world. The mural will cover two walls, which are 30 feet long each, and range from 4 to 9 feet in size.

“We think the mural will be a highly visible reminder of the beauty and biological diversity of the lake and the importance of protecting it for future generations,” said Kate Sheridan, Executive Director of the Lakers.

The mural was designed in collaboration with the Salish Kootenai College (SKC) art faculty member Cameron Decker and professional artist from Rochester, New York, known as “Thievin’ Stephen.”  Stephen will be in Polson painting the week of August 31.

Donors to the project include the Binger family who own the Salish Building, Flathead Lakers members, the Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF), and the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS).  The community is invited to stop by the week of August 31 to see the mural in progress, or later, once the mural is complete.  Plans call for a plaque acknowledging donors, and describing the themes and cultural symbolism depicted in the future.

The Flathead Lakers, a non-profit group with over 1,000 dedicated members, have been working for clean water, healthy ecosystems, and a lasting quality of life in the Flathead watershed in northwest Montana since 1958.