Two Rivers Students Begin a North Bend Mural Project

  • Sarah Hughes showing student the wall shapeStudents at Two Rivers School are beginning an exciting community art project!  Local mural artist Sarah Hughes, who is a 2006 graduate of Two Rivers and owner of A Pinch Different, is leading this effort. Through this project, students will learn how to: research, design, receive feedback from a client, scale a design to fit a wall, manage a project, and paint a colorful mural for permanent display in downtown North Bend, Washington.  We are grateful to Hughes for sharing her time and talents to bring our students’ vision to life while celebrating the Snoqualmie Valley through art.


    Wall designated for muralThe wall designated for the mural is located on main street (across from the Meadowbrook Clinic). The owners of Pressed on Main, a new business that will be opening soon, have kindly donated the side of their building for this public work of art, requesting only that the theme be North Bend-related. Additionally, Ace Hardware in North Bend is donating $1000 worth of paint and supplies. Thank you!


    This project, the building location, and Two Rivers School hold a special place in Sarah Hughes’ heart. Years ago when she was a high school student, she quit Mount Si for a while to help her parent with their business Klassic Tans, which at the time was based in that very same building. When she was able to return to school, she enrolled in Two Rivers, where its flexible program enabled her to catch up and stay on track for graduation.


    Then two years ago, when her job went away during COVID, Hughes decided to pursue her dream and started a wall painting business, A Pinch Different ( You may have already seen some of her work – which includes an Opstad Otter mural, and most recently, murals in the restrooms of the new South Fork restaurant slated to open this month.


    Student sketching“I’ve been wanting to work with youth and do something for this community, so I’m thrilled to bring things full circle,” explained Hughes. “I also want to help students with an interest in art see how there are ways to embrace your passions AND make a living.”


    As this project comes to life, we look forward to sharing photos of their journey!  Photos this week show initial concept planning and sketching of ideas. Next, the students will choose their three favorite designs to present to the building owner.


    Elk sketch for TRS student

    If you would like to help support this effort, please contact Sarah Hughes at to learn about donor/sponsor opportunities for the Two Rivers Mural Program.