Gallery owner calling for mural designsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | email@example.com
Dee Brown of Delightful Art with Dee grew tired of looking at the shabby garage door next to her gallery, which opened in December at the Davis Building, 137 N. Michigan St.
She asked building manager Mike Moriarty if she could have a mural painted on it. Instead, Moriarty suggested 16 murals, one in each square of the garage door.
“I loved the idea,” Brown said. “We do things in fast motion here. Once the idea hits, we roll with it.”
Brown issued a call for artists last week and has already received 11 submissions. Up to three designs per person can be submitted by April 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook at “Delightful Art With Dee’s Art With A Heart.” The only stipulation is the designs cannot contain nudity or extreme violence to maintain the gallery’s family-friendly atmosphere, Brown said.
A group of finalists will be named April 25 during Aftermatic, an Artomatic 419! afterparty and Moriarty will choose the 16 winners from that group.
The finished murals will be unveiled during a June 18 fundraiser for Brown’s Art with a Heart program, coinciding with The Arts Commissions’ Third Thursday Loop.
“This building is historical. I’m trying to add to its history and culture by adding more art, trying to bring back some of its beauty,” Brown said. “Transforming the outside with art adds some new history.”