Mural of Flathead Valley finds new home

FLATHEAD VALLEY

POSTED: 1:55 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 10:18 AM Jan 14 2013
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KALISPELL, Mont. -

A 32-foot-wide, 6-foot-tall mural of western Montana's Flathead Valley has found a new home.
    
The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/VXYYB4) that the mural painted in 1960 by Robert Huck has been placed in the Flathead Valley Community College's Arts and Technology Building.
    
First National Bank commissioned the painting in 1959 and Huck completed it a year later. But the Fulbright scholar and Oregon State University art professor whose work was displayed around the world died in a car accident a year after completing the mural.
    
The First National Bank building was eventually purchased by the city of Kalispell and a renovation left no wall big enough for the mural.
    
But community members, the college and city officials worked together to find a spot for the mural that depicts mountains as well as cows roaming farmland.