By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

The Painted Whale launches first guided mural tour


“Cultural Tourism” is being brought to life in Seward.

Justine Pechuzal, owner and operator of The Painted Whale, announced last week that she would be launching a new summer activity for visitors, and locals as well—a guided tour of the city’s murals in downtown.

“This is the first and only guided mural tour in Alaska,” said Pechuzal. “It’s a great new way to connect visitors with our community, and to deepen locals’ understanding of and appreciation for our fantastic outdoor gallery and collective story.”

These artist-led hour-and-a-half-long tours will highlight the history, art and culture of Seward, which the Legislature has declared the Mural Capital of Alaska. Until now visitors and locals have relied on a self-guided mural experience, a sort of scavenger hunt to locate the many examples of Seward’s community art. Pechuzal said the guided tour focuses on a key set of murals, with details on the mural themes, the mural-making process, and the artists involved.

“Since the first (group) mural was painted in 1999, our collection of public artworks has truly blossomed and is beautifully featured in the tour,” she said.

Tours throughout the month of July are free for locals and seasonal tourism workers. You can find more info about The Painted Whale and mural tours at or by calling Justine at 907-521-0311.

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