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The new art display in Friendship Park in downtown Port Clinton showcasing Kelly Rigoni's Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment photos and Andy Sacksteder's "Captain and the Kid" statue.

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) has launched a project entitled Perspective, murals by working, local artists. The showcase area for this project will be in Friendship Park on the wall where the old mural once was. Keith Fleming and Carol Morgan, co-chairs of the project, said that estimations they received to just fix the wall, not even counting the mural, ranged from $30k-$115k. 

“Mineral pigment paint was supposed to be used on outside murals and the mural was painted with latex paint,” said Fleming. 

The wall that the mural was painted on also wasn’t built to hold a mural even if it was applied correctly.

Mary Dare was the chair of public arts who worked diligently to find information and artists to help rebuild the mural wall.  She worked for nearly two years traveling to towns with prominent well maintained murals to get information which allowed GPCAAC to be better educated on mural construction, commission and maintenance.

Fleming, Morgan and Dare decided to find a way to still showcase art in our community at a lower cost. The new display comes to no cost to the taxpayer and was funded by the GPCAAC and by donations from Hart Billboards.

“The new display will be a three panel billboard vinyl wrap,” said Morgan. “Local artists will be showcased on the panels and then when the next artist is ready to be displayed, we plan on hanging the former panels around town on the sides of buildings.” 

The vinyl wraps have an estimated life of 6 years.

“We want to get the community involved in this project,” said Morgan. “Artists are encouraged to submit their work to our review board for consideration.”

The first artist to be showcased is Kelly Rigoni of Hot Shots Photography. The work will be from the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment from the summer of 2013. The GPCAAC was able to purchase award winning local artist Andy Sacksteder's "Captain and the Kid" through a generous private donation which is facing the artwork on display.

For more information on how to submit work or for more information on the GPCAAC contact 866.732.0941 or visit ottawacountyarts.org.

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