Archive for Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Downtown mural to depict festival activities

August 28, 2002

One downtown Baldwin building will soon have a new look.

The former Buff and Grind building, 601 High St., will be getting a new coat of paint. But it's not the average paint job.

"The building is going to be covered in a mural," Annie France said.

The Maple Leaf Festival committee, along with Baldwin City Arts Council members and local businesses, plan to paint a mural depicting images associated with the annual Maple Leaf Festival, France, mural chairperson and festival committee member, said.

"The Maple Leaf committee wanted to update the Maple Leaf sign next to the lumberyard," she said. "But we felt the sign was preaching to the choir. It wasn't really speaking to people who didn't know about it."

So instead, a mural covering about 55 feet will be painted on the east and north sides of the building. While the design has not been finalized, France said it will incorporate many images familiar to the Maple Leaf Festival, including maple trees, a quilt and carnival rides.

"We wanted everybody to understand what the Maple Leaf Festival is made up of," she said.

The festival committee would like to have the mural completed in time for the October festival, France said, but needs help to accomplish that goal.

She said some local businesses, including Gregg Bruce Auto and Truck, who will be moving into the building next week, have already donated items, but the committee wants to get the entire community involved in the project.

"We're looking for anybody who thinks they might have something to offer," she said.

That includes everyone from individual community members to area businesses, she said, who can donate time, money or supplies, which includes paint.

"What we're looking for right now is paint," she said. "That's our biggest expense is the paint."

France said even though the schedule isn't finalized, the committee plans on painting the mural sometime during the last three weekends in September.

She said she encouraged as many people to participate in the mural project as possible.

"It's a beautification effort for downtown. We're hoping to make downtown pretty," she said. "It's going to make you feel good inside. It's the best you'll ever feel painting."

Those interested in volunteering their time or donating supplies can call France at 594-0586 ext. 203 or e-mail her at

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