AUGUST 5, 2015 (UPDATE)
JULY 16, 2015 (UPDATE)
MURAL PICTURE TODAY!
Work ceased on the downtown art mural for the past week due to all the rain, but yesterday the artists were back to work. The mural is really starting to take shape now.
Here is the latest picture.
JULY 3, 2015 (UPDATE)
More updates are taking place with the mural painting. The volunteer painters are making a lot of progress and hope the mural will be a great focal point for downtown Louisa.
JUNE 26, 2015 (UPDATE)
The artists have been hard at work ever since the mural painting has began. Economic Development Coordinator and Tourism Commission Co-Chairman Catrina Vargo will be sending updates of the mural as it progresses.
There has been more progress made on the evening of June 25. The green rolling hills have been evened out, clouds have been added at the top and the sides and bottom are being shaped out and painted. Remember that local artists and students are invited to participate in painting the mural. Keep following this story for more updates on the mural painting.
JUNE 25, 2015
Artists begin painting mural on downtown building….local artists and students invited to participate
Louisa, KY — Work began Wednesday on the first ever outdoor building mural in Louisa, KY, as artists, Denise Spaulding and Melanie Osborne began measuring and outlining the design on the wall of the Advanced Eye Care building on Vinson Avenue. Spaulding and Osborne are the artists that created the beautiful flood wall murals in Ashland and Catlettsburg, KY.
The Lawrence County Economic Development Department was awarded a $10,000 community development grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Partnering with the Lawrence County Tourism Commission, volunteers, and local businesses, matching components will be met to satisfy the grant requirements.
A design committee was formed and the public was invited to volunteer and participate in the mural project and submit old pictures for the design. Base coats were applied by volunteers and LCHS art students.
The mural will depict a scene that tells the story of the three rivers where they converge in Louisa and important landmarks such as the unique Louisa-Ft.Gay Bridge, which has been listed in Ripley’s Believe it or Not because it is the only place in the U.S. that you can turn right in the middle of a bridge, crossing two rivers, connecting two states, two counties, and two cities. The historic No. 3 Lock will also be featured, as it was the first needle dam built in the U.S.
Economic Development Coordinator, Catrina Vargo, said this building was chosen because it is next to the river and the county owned parking lot and boat launch, which more people will be using when the riverfront is developed.
“It will be a very visible focal point which ties into the riverfront project, and shows the important role the rivers played in the history and heritage of Lawrence County, and the recreational asset that they are now,” she said.
Local artists, art students, and other volunteers are invited to participate and learn how a large scale mural process works.
After the mural is complete, a dedication/celebration ceremony will be held with a cookout on the parking lot next to the building.
The design committee members are: Catrina Vargo, Economic Development Coordinator and Tourism Commission Co-Chairman, Chris Jobe, County Court Clerk and Tourism Commission Member, Keith Chaffin, Tourism Chairman, John David Preston, Circuit Court Judge and Lawrence County Genealogy and Historical Society Secretary/Treasurer, Louisa Mayor and business owner, Harold Slone, LCHS Art Instructor, Sue Schuzeberg, and Lelia Robinson, Owner of The Painted Cow Art Gallery.