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Pictured is a concept for the mural that local artist Molly Strong will paint in the Spring Street parking lot in Jamestown. Photo submitted

Spring may have come and gone, but a downtown mural project is about to bloom.

Ellen Shadle, the town’s senior planner, and Molly Strong, the local artist who will design and install the town’s next mural, presented an update on the project to members of Jamestown City Council.

The city received a $5,000 grant from the Arts Services Inc. Community Arts Program to help cover the costs of installing a mural in the Spring Street parking lot as part of a beautification project.

The mural will be displayed alongside an existing mural featuring Lucille Ball.

“Since our awarding of the scholarship in January and approval in March, we have conducted an application process and artist search,” Shadle said. “I’m happy to say we’ve found our artist and it’s Miss Molly Strong.”

While the city had previously explored the possibility of including the interior of the stairwell as part of the mural project, Shadle said that was unlikely at this stage.

“The interior of the stairwell will probably not be included in this phase of the beautification”, she says. “We don’t have the resources to clean the surfaces enough to do that.”

Shadle hopes the stairwell beautification will be included in a future phase of the garage.

Shadle also introduced Strong to City Council and gave him the opportunity to present his thoughts on the mural.

“I look forward to this opportunity” Strong said. “I’m going to paint the three walls right in front of this window.”

Strong’s wall design is floral themed and was designed to reflect the characteristics of Jamestown.

“I chose to paint a floral-themed mural because it will complement the atmosphere of our downtown area,” she says. “The larger-than-life flowers, painted in a welcoming color palette, align with our thriving community as we share the same qualities of uniqueness, beauty, growth and strength.”

Since her original concept submission, Strong said she changed some aspects of the design.

“Over time I changed it to a more realistic approach, with more lines and more skills involved,” said Strong, who indicated she would start painting the mural as soon as possible.

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