Art Corner Toledo: New mural adding color, equality message to UpTown (updated with time-lapse video)Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
UpTown is getting a new splash of color.
Artists began painting a mural July 23 on the side of a building at 1209 Adams St., near Wesley’s Bar & Grill.
The mural was designed by local artists Matt Taylor and Mede in collaboration with Rachel Richardson, founder of Art Corner Toledo.
Richardson, a Toledo Free Press Star columnist, said the finished design will not be revealed until it’s on the wall.
“It’s a super fun secret and I encourage people to keep an eye on it while it’s being painted,” Richardson said. “This mural is Art Corner Toledo’s stance on marriage equality and a gift to the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign that is currently working on getting its footing at Owens Community College. On a personal level, it is a wedding gift to my best friend and her new wife.”
The Human Rights Campaign seeks to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, according to its website.
The Arts Commission, UpTown Association, The Art Supply Depo, Manos Paschalis of Manos Greek Restaurant and Manhattan’s are among the sponsors of the project, Richardson said.
“I am excited about this for reasons innumerable, but mostly because the process of coordinating this project has been more and more proof that Toledo provides and that if you love it, it will love you back,” Richardson said. “Partnerships and community support have aligned so naturally that the momentum has been almost difficult to keep up with, but not really. Art Corner Toledo is never surprised, but always thrilled to have the support of so many in the community.”
Artist Mede said he hopes the project spurs the creation of more public art: “I would love for this project to open the floodgates for large advanced public pieces of art in the Toledo area,” Mede said. “People have been really supportive so far. I would like to think that this is just a starting point.”
Richardson said more murals are in the works and donations are needed to buy paint.
“We have seen an overwhelming amount of community support and have been able to do the initial paint and supply shopping,” Richardson said. “Donations are still coming in and there is another project close on the heels of this one that we intend to continue raising funds for.”
To donate, contact Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair St., where there is a donation box.
Taylor said he’s excited to be part of the project.
“It’s amazing,” Taylor said. “So many people are going to look at this wall. You’re not going to miss it on Adams Street.”