The four finalists have turned in their finished artwork and now it is up to the judges to decide which design is going to be the first one to grace a building in Xenia next year. The problem now is going to be deciding which three are going to need to find other homes. The judges are asking the citizens of Xenia to take a look at the four colorful and inspired designs that they must choose from and give them some comments. The artwork will be on display at this Saturday’s Xenia Rail and Arts Fest at the Inner I Gallery, 81 E. Main Street where they will share the spotlight with the Fest’s extensive model railroad setups. “I would love to see any of these great designs go up,” says Mural Society member Mary Crockett. Fourteen entries were received by the Society in July. The four finalists are Xenia muralist and teacher Paul Lavigne, local muralist and art instructor Olivia Anderson, Xenia Community Schools art teacher Rob Richards, and local gallery owner Karen King.
“I know I would love to have any one of these pictures on the side of my building,” says member Alan King, owner of the Express Yourself Coffeehouse and Art Gallery and one of the potential hosts for a future mural. “The Montgomery Insurance and Investments building was the Society’s logical first choice for a mural site,” says King. “It has great exposure and Brad and Eric Montgomery are willing to do what they can to help make this happen.” The winner of the $500 first prize for mural design will be announced at Xenia’s Old Fashioned Days on Sept. 19. Plans are underway to solicit bids from potential muralists to complete the work and private and corporate sponsors are being sought to help the building owners complete the project. Murals on this scale can cost from $5000 to $15,000 to complete, depending on the building condition and the muralist’s fees. The mural Society will retain ownership of the mural and the design and the owner will have to agree to maintain the work for at least 10 years. “We want to have about 10 of these murals up in Xenia some day,” says King. “We know that raising funds for this will be hard, but we think that the people of Xenia will get behind this project and make it happen.” The Xenia Mural Society is a component of Greene Giving, the Greene County Community foundation and has received assistance from the Ohio Arts Council in organizing. For more information and to see what a downtown mural may look like, visit their website at www.XeniaMurals.org or just search “Xenia Murals”
The Xenia Mural Society, a component of Greene Giving, is issuing a Call to Artists for original and creative designs for a mural with the general theme of “Trails” to be placed on a building in Xenia. For this mural, “Trails” can be interpreted loosely to include anything historical or currently relative to the Xenia area from buffalo trails to Native American trails, Pioneer trails, early roadways, railroads, hiking, or bicycling or any combination of these.
The Xenia Mural Society will be facilitating the creation of a number of pieces of public mural art in Xenia. The Society is made up of interested citizens who have volunteered their time and expertise to provide direction and focus for the mural project; to help building owners locate funding for the mural art from the private and public sectors; and to promote expansion and preservation of other Xenia murals in the future.
The honorarium for the winning artist’s design for the “Trails” mural will be $500 and the design will become the property of the Xenia Mural Society. The final mural will be completed by a muralist working in conjunction with the winning artist and the Society. If the selected artist has the ability and desire to complete the actual mural he or she will be encouraged to submit a proposal for the entire project. Given current economic conditions, the Society is working to have a “brush ready” project prepared in order to facilitate creation of a mural or murals as soon as funding permits.
The deadline for submission of up to three detailed sketches per artist is July 1, 2009. Several possible sites may be viewed online at www.XeniaMurals.org. There are currently two buildings whose owners have agreed to discuss hosting a mural: Building 1, Montgomery Insurance and Investments is located at 114 S. Detroit St. and has a side wall space of approximately 75X25′ and building 2, Express Yourself Coffeehouse and Art Gallery is located at 78 E. Main St., and has a side wall space of approximately 75X14′. All or part of the wall surfaces may be incorporated into the rendering. An Application Form should be submitted with each set of sketches. A printable form is available at www.XeniaMurals.org.
Finalists will be selected by the Selection Committee of the Xenia Mural Society and will be asked to submit a full color rendering on canvas or other suitable material, no smaller than 24″ in width, which must be received by August 15, 2009. Final competing designs will be displayed for public comment at Xenia’s Rail & Arts Fest on August 22. The winning submission will be announced at Xenia’s Old Fashioned Days, September 19, 2009.
For more information visit www.XeniaMurals.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce (937) 372-3591.