Through murals, students leave lasting mark on PHS


Katie Facklam and Tim Ruland courtesy photos Iconic imagery from around the area was the inspiration for all three murals that now adorn the walls of the Pinedale High School Library. Ninety-two art students from Katie Facklam’s class partnered with visual artist Kika Macfarlane to bring their visions to life. The collaboration was part of an artists residency sponsored by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council. Students from Katie Facklam’s high school arts class work on bringing their ideas of what they love about living in Pinedale to life on the walls of the library during a Pinedale Fine Arts Council-sponsored artists residency with Kika Macfarlane.

PINEDALE — A partnership between the Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC), a professional artist and Pinedale High School (PHS) art teacher Katie Facklam and her 92 students transformed the PHS library over a period of three days last week.

According to Tim Ruland, PFAC executive director, PFAC sponsored a visual arts residency at PHS, selecting Idaho-based visual designer Kika Macfarlane, who specializes in murals, apparel graphics, campaign and brand design and animation. Macfarlane is the art director at Two Toes Creative and has experience in the outdoor apparel industry.

Facklam explained the prompt for the project was “What I love about the Pinedale area.”

Her high school art students sketched the area’s iconic imagery, including White Pine, the view of main street with Bonneville Peak front and center, Rendezvous, the Indian paintbrush and meadowlarks as well as the beloved recreational opportunities that make Pinedale an outdoor recreationists playground, like hiking, camping, fishing and cross-country skiing.

The students’ sketches were sent to Macfarlane who interpreted their artwork into her own unique style. Macfarlane brought the renderings to the school to meet with Facklam’s art students. The group spent time reviewing the final designs and talking with the professional artist about her work before “going to town” on the library walls.

Among the 92 art students, Macfarlane and Facklam, the three murals were completed in three days, with the finishing touches added on the morning of May 11.

For over three decades, PFAC has teamed up with art instructors in both Sublette County School District No. 1 and Sublette County School District No. 9 to present weeklong visual arts residencies featuring accomplished artists with the goal of introducing a new genre of visual art to local students while complementing existing art curriculum in the schools.

Their work was shared on the official Facebook page of the U.S. Forest Service Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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For more information about Kika Macfarlane and to view her other works, visit

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