Wendi Rich, executive director Perry County Chamber of Commerce, in back, and Michelle Baker, retired journalist, both volunteered on the first Friday morning of the “paint-by-numbers” session for completing the new wall mural at Sunset Park. Staff photo by Eric Whittaker
Wendi Rich, executive director Perry County Chamber of Commerce, in back, and Michelle Baker, retired journalist, both volunteered on the first Friday morning of the “paint-by-numbers” session for completing the new wall mural at Sunset Park. Staff photo by Eric Whittaker
TELL CITY – Volunteers are contributing to the newest community mural on the wall at Sunset Park in Tell City over several weekends this September into October.

“They’ll work on it until it’s done,” said lead artist Michael Smith, owner of Orange Moon Art Studio out of Chandler.

Smith has 20 years experience as an artist and paints murals full time, having recently completed a mural for Perry Central.

Volunteers are invited to work on the base colors in “paint-by-numbers” style, which allows people to contribute to the project. Keeping the project consistent, artist Smith lays out the paints to be used for the different sections, and volunteers are invited to paint along under this direction with the colors he sets. Meeting times are Friday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

After the base is completed, Smith plans to take an airbrush to fill in the details and give it depth.

“It’ll be a ‘selfie’ opportunity when it’s done,” Smith said. The interactive art form is meant to draw people to the park to stay and play, and take photos of themselves as if they’re part of the art.

The murals are part of a community project through the Tell City Regional Arts Association.

Tara Damin, president of the arts association, was at the mural as well. She explained the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs is promoting a downtown development week starting Oct. 7, and if everything goes according to plan, the arts association will hold a dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. at the park.

The dedication will coincide with the dedication of the part itself which will undergo a name change.

Following recent council action spearheaded by Mayor Jim Adams, the park will be renamed Veterans Sunset Park. The new name is also reflected in the mural.

The VFW and American Legion are both expected to be part of the ceremonies. Also expected is former Mayor Bill Goffinet who will provide some history of the park and the Jaycees involvement when the part was constructed in 1961.

The mural project has $13,000 to see this mural through to fruition. The arts association acquired a $5,000 Quick Impact Place-based grant from OCRA, which they matched at $3,000. They also received contributions from the City of Tell City, Ohio Valley Gas and Hoosier Hills.
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