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Local artist Molly Strong has been selected to design and install a new mural in the Spring Street parking lot in downtown Jamestown. The garage already houses murals featuring Lucille Ball.

A local artist has been hired to design and install the city’s next mural.

Officials used an open call application process to select Molly Strong, an artist who has a variety of exhibits, including murals at Beer Snob and Love Elementary School. Strong’s latest work will be installed in the Spring Street parking lot, which already houses murals featuring Lucille Ball.

Ellen Shadle, the city’s senior planner, said Strong was chosen for several reasons.

“The merit of his work was great,” Shadle said.

While all of the entries had legitimate merit for their work, Shadle said Strong’s knowledge of the community helped her entry stand out. The city hopes to use the other applicants for additional artwork in the future.

Local artist Molly Strong has been selected to design and install a new mural in the Spring Street parking lot in downtown Jamestown. The garage already houses murals featuring Lucille Ball. PJ Photos by Timothy Frudd

Strong’s mural will join the existing Jamestown Lucy murals and will be featured as part of the “Spring Street Parking Garage Beautification” project.

“The concept she submitted, we think, would co-exist very well with Lucy and would be a great complement to Lucy,” Shadle said.

Strong’s overall design concept is still being finalized by the project board. The panelists hope to create a successful mural by bringing different perspectives to Strong’s artwork.

“We’re still working on the concept with Molly,” Shadle said.

The new mural will be featured along the stair entrance attached to the downtown parking garage as well as on the exterior wall that currently features Lucille Ball. While Strong’s artwork will complement Lucy’s murals, the design will be something different.

“Lucy is her own person. We definitely want to pay homage to her and maybe dress her up a bit with the parts of the mural that will be near Lucy,” Shadle said. “We hope the community will respond positively. We hope this can contribute to other businesses and showcases. »

The City hopes the project will make the parking experience more enjoyable by allowing people to “have something beautiful to drive and experience as they come and go from the parking lot,” Shadle said.

The town received a grant of $5,000 which will be used to pay for the beautification project. A grant from Arts Services Inc.’s Community Arts program made the initiative possible.

The terms of the grant require the project to be completed by December 31. The city expects the installation of the mural to extend throughout the summer and into the early fall.

The beautification program is made possible through funding provided by the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a New York State Council on the Arts grant program supported by the Office of the Governor and the New State Legislature. York and administered by Arts Services Inc.

“Hopefully this means we can really inspire support for public art projects,” Shadle said.

Shadle said the goal is to do more than just “unique” project. The plan is for the mural to be the first of successive future projects. She hopes to see more murals, sculptures and live performances contribute to the town of Jamestown.

“The project will also serve as an entry point to establish a public art platform dedicated to Jamestown and future successive projects. We look forward to the contribution this grant and the selected artist and concept will make to pave the way for the future of public art in our city,” the city said in a statement.

Strong’s mural is separate from the city’s structural improvements to the parking garage.

“It’s actually just a very serendipitous coincidence that this project coincides with the structural repairs and improvements they’ve made,” Shadle said.

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