for Madison mural projects
(April 2006) In an effort to promote local
art and also beautify public areas of downtown, Madison Mayor Al Huntington
on March 21 announced the winners of the citys search for two
artists to create murals.
Huntington sent out a call for artistic submissions in
February for two local artists to design and paint murals in the Main
Street Comfort Station and the Senior Citizens Center. The proposals
were due Feb. 14.
We were overwhelmed with the quality of responses, so it shows
just how strong our arts community is in Madison, said Betsey
Vonderheide, the citys special projects coordinator. Eight proposals
were received, officials said, and Patty Cooper Wells of Madison was
chosen by community representatives to paint the mural in the Comfort
Station. Community representatives and the senior citizens who use the
Senior Citizens Center selected artist Hal Davis proposal.
In a recent press release, Huntington said he was happy with the number
and quality of proposals received. Very frankly, it was difficult
to choose. Our area is fortunate to have so many talented individuals.
Local residents may already be familiar with Davis work, since
he has been chosen to create the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
poster more than once and is often featured in the Madison Art Club
exhibits. He will be rewarded a $1,500 stipend for his mural.
Wells mural talent can be seen at Joeygs Restaurant
and Nightclub in Madison. Her work has also been seen at other local
galleries. Her mural for the Main Street Comfort Station is titled,
The Essence of Madison, and is centered on three basic attributes
of Madison: its natural beauty, history-historic architecture, and hometown
I truly feel that Madison is a national treasure, and I feel delight
in showing out-of-towners the sights, Wells said. I would
love for my artwork to communicate this enthusiasm to Madison visitors.
Wells will receive a $1,000 stipend for her mural.
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