California artist Bunnie Reiss painted a mural on the back of the McQuillen Creative Group/Lily’s Floral, Design & Gifts/ReadiTech building at 423 S. Main St.
The building already has an Aberdeen-themed mural on its south side along Fifth Avenue Southeast. It features Storybook Land, the Capitol Theatre, The Twist Cone and other scenes from around town.
The new mural features a pheasant, a sun and prairie hills. It’s on the east side of ReadiTech at 9 Fifth Ave. S.E. Troy McQuillen, who owns the building, sees it as an investment in his property.
McQuillen is owner of McQuillen Creative Group, publisher of The Aberdeen Insider and Aberdeen Magazine and a local historian. After seeing her work elsewhere, McQuillen hired Reiss to paint the mural, which adds another art element to the downtown area.
Reiss started working on the mural on Tuesday, June 13 and finished Friday, June 16. It’s around the corner from the blue, postcard-style Aberdeen mural and about a half-block east of murals at Malchow Plaza, 506 S. Main St., created by Aberdeen artists Nick and Nicole Fischer and Linda Roesch, who graduated from Northern State University.
On Friday afternoon, Reiss was adding details to the paining before she finished up. The mural is in the style of much of her previous work.