GENESEO — The Geneseo Chamber of Commerce is kicking off a multi-year community art project that will include two murals in 2022, three in 2023 and three in 2024.
Katie Kutsunis chair of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Mural Committee said the nationwide famous mural painters, Wall-Dogs, had committed to two murals in Geneseo this summer.
“The Geneseo Mural project will paint new murals on blank walls to create a tourist attraction which will add to the beauty of Geneseo and create an increased tourism draw in our community,” she said.
The chamber plans to raise $30,000 for the murals, which are priced based on size. To donate, call the Chamber at 309-944-2686 or email Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber, at [email protected]
She said there were two “ghost” murals in Geneseo, one on the side of the building where Burke Cleaners was located before the fire and the other on the south side of Urban Farmhouse.
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“These existing ‘ghost’ murals are not going away, rather they will complement our new project,” Kutsunis said. “The ‘ghost’ murals show us what a long-lasting impact murals have on beautifying our community, creating a great backdrop for pictures and generating repeat visitors to our town.”
She added: “One of the really cool things that happens with Wall-Dogs is they have a ‘Projection Night,’ where the community gathers and the artist projects the image onto the building the night before the painting commences, the artist works to outline the design and then community members can even enlist and help ‘paint by numbers’ over the weekend.”
Plans are for the Geneseo Mural Project installation to be during Geneseo’s Music Festival Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19. The “Projection Night” is tentatively planned for Thursday, June 16, when the mural designs will be unveiled.
The first phase of murals will be on the north side of 112 North State St. (Musical Memories), and the south side of 134 South State St., (Geneseo Home Furnishings).
The Geneseo murals will not promote any business or enterprise, Kutsunis said, but will be based on a theme of “Past, Present and Future.”
The designs will be picked by a committee of members of the Geneseo business and artistic community as well as creative Geneseo residents.