Community Art Mural

Art Project to Create Mural: Nonprofit, community groups cooperating on initiative in Allen County

By JUSTIN STORY, The Daily News, | Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 11:59 am

SCOTTSVILLE — Several organizations are teaming up in Scottsville on a community art project that will result in the painting of a mural promoting the city.

Heart of Scottsville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation and economic development of the city’s downtown area, and Allen County Schools hosted a mural workshop Thursday at the Allen County Cooperative Extension Office.

Working with Bowling Green artist Andee Rudloff, education director for the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, about 15 people gathered to sketch out ideas, drawing in pencil and then painting their concepts for the mural on a synthetic housewrap surface.

“I want to make sure everyone here is part of the final composition,” Rudloff said while taking a break from mixing paints.

The project has also involved the cooperation of the Scottsville Art Guild and Haven 4 Change, where the mural will ultimately be painted next month.

Before the drawing began, Rudloff guided everyone through a quick brainstorming session in which people were encouraged to come up with a list of five words or concepts that best represent Scottsville and then make a simple drawing to represent each word.

The workshop also involved a little encouragement from Rudloff for people who might not have considered themselves artists.

“Once you trust yourself with the brush and once you see yourself as an artist, your experience gets richer and richer,” Rudloff said.

Things and ideas such as horses, farms, downtown, friendliness and Barren River Lake State Resort Park were sketched out and then painted by those in attendance.

Education Director, Andee Rudloff

Rudloff said the ideas fleshed out Thursday would eventually be incorporated into the mural, which will be painted June 9 on a 35-foot wood fence at Haven 4 Change on Hillview Drive.

Jamie Boler, executive director of Heart of Scottsville, worked on painting an illustration of a streetlight to represent historic downtown.

Boler said he was encouraged by the turnout at Thursday’s workshop and looked forward to additional participation from the community on the mural.

“The goal is for this to be a community project,” Boler said. “We want the community to come out and help us put this together, and hopefully they can see the unifying power that the arts can have in the community.”

The date of the mural painting coincides with the first night of this year’s Arts on Main Summer Concert Series, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of June, July and

August in downtown Scottsville next to U.S. Bank.

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It’s All Coming Together …

Photo taken by Jessica Snodgrass.

I noticed that the people returning their hard hats after taking a tour of SKyPAC always seemed to have a little extra sparkle in their eyes. Curious as to what I might be missing, I took another opportunity to find out and joined a few Orchestra Kentucky members on their tour of the building guided by Erin Biggers. Erin is SKyPAC’s Marketing & Development Associate, who does a great job telling the SKyPAC story which helps to bring the facility to life.

Photo taken by Mark Rountree.

We headed toward the back of the building and entered via a door into the main hall. As we each took a second to note our footing, we slowly stepped into a large, beautiful space. You can’t help grabbing hold of your hard hat as you instinctively look up towards the ceiling. An overwhelming feeling of reverence comes over you as the reflection from the tin ceiling tiles catch your eye, illuminating all of the enriching elements coming together to complete the space. Over the past two months the facade has slowly transformed; bricks are being laid, the front columns are starting to take shape and the siding is almost complete.

Photo by: Clinton Lewis Photography. Featuring Andee Rudloff and Clinton Lewis.

Each day, a transformation takes place on site as the vision of SKyPAC takes shape. This space will for sure open the eyes of many — it is one-of-a-kind in our community. If you have not yet taken a tour of the site, please DO! It is a unique experience that will definitely give you goose bumps just imagining the exciting things that are just around the corner.

Tours are available until December 9th for groups of 10 or more. Contact Erin Biggers at 270-393-0080 to schedule your tour today!

– Jessica Snodgrass