Artist brings a lit­tle San Fran­cisco to Springville

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick

Springville is known as the Art City and it has a new piece of art on dis­play. At 296 S. Main is the Pier 49 Pizza Par­lor and it has a new mu­ral of the Golden Gate Bridge on the south side of the build­ing. It is an eye-catch­ing paint­ing and cer­tainly an at­trac­tive way of ad­ver­tis­ing the lo­ca­tion of Pier 49 Pizza. What is re­ally in­ter­est­ing is the story of the man who did the paint­ing.

The mu­ral was painted by Mark Ship­ley, whose daugh­ter and son-in-law own the res­tau­rant. Mark is a leg­end in the live the­ater busi­ness in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. From 1967 to 1989, he owned and pro­duced pro­duc­tions at the Gallery The­ater, which was first lo­cated in Up­land and then in On­tario, Cal­i­for­nia. Mark and his wife Jeanne Black, a singer and ac­tress, did ev­ery­thing to make the com­mu­nity the­ater work. That in­cluded not only act­ing but also build­ing and paint­ing sets, mak­ing cos­tumes and pub­li­ciz­ing the shows.

Af­ter clos­ing the the­ater in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, he ran a the­ater pro­duc­tion in Hilo, Hawaii, for 14 years be­fore re­tir­ing to Maple­ton to be near his chil­dren that live in the area.

Mark’s daugh­ter Tan­nia and her hus­band An­drew Hjorth had been fas­ci­nated with the Pier 49 Pizza busi­ness since their days many years ago as de­liv­ery driv­ers for the pizza par­lor. Af­ter they pon­dered a mu­ral cov­er­ing the en­tire wall. the pur­chase of the busi­ness for a few Next came the idea of a mu­ral on the out­side years, the owner agreed to sell them the south-fac­ing brick wall of the build­ing. busi­ness in Jan­uary of 2016. They wanted to do some re­mod­el­ing to make the es­tab­lish­ment Af­ter see­ing Mark’s work, the land­lord more rem­i­nis­cent of San Fran­cisco. agreed to the mu­ral of the Golden Gate Bridge on south side of the build­ing.

Mark, who is quite the artist, did some Mark started the paint­ing last fall af­ter the paint­ings that were framed and placed be­hind weather turned cooler. It took him about booths along one wall. There was a a week to do the paint­ing. He worked on back­room seat­ing area where Mark sug­gested a stool to paint the top of the mu­ral. For Mark, who is 81, this was just like paint­ing an­other stage back­drop. The pizza par­lor now has a mag­nif­i­cent pic­ture to rep­re­sent their brand name, Pier 49 Pizza.

The pizza es­tab­lish­ment was pur­chased by Tan­nia and An­drew to be run as a fam­ily busi­ness, and that it does, with three gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily in­volved in mak­ing it suc­cess­ful. That also brings fam­ily-style cus­tomer ser­vice. The sour­dough is ex­cel­lent as well.

A mu­ral de­pict­ing the Golden Gate Bridge now bright­ens up the side of the Pier 49 Pizza build­ing in down­town Springville. The mu­ral was painted by lo­cal artist Mark Ship­ley, pic­tured at right.

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