BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — BAYarts students have come up with a creative idea for a fundraiser for the one-of-a-kind arts organization.
Their community mural project is a collaboration of artists, volunteers and the students. And the community is invited to make its mark, as well.
The mural, installed on an exterior wall of the former Huntington Playhouse, is rather ethereal and has a bit of a New Age feel. It portrays a collection of positive words for this unusual time we are living through.
A school of fish will be added below the mural. For a tax-deductible donation to BAYarts, the artists will add an individual or family name on one of the fish “swimming” below.
The project is a nice alternative to the fundraising pavers used by many organizations.
Helping the students with their creation is professional muralist and BAYarts’ instructor Jim Giar.
“This positive message incorporates the healing power of art and our beautiful location in the Cleveland Metroparks,” said Giar. “It is installed on the west side of the former playhouse, where we gather for art, music and celebrations.”
BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton said: “A thank you goes to Pamela Ebert, a retired art teacher and muralist, as well as a BAYarts board member, for envisioning the mural. And a huge thanks to all who created the mural.”
The thank you included Jim Giar and his students from Advanced Cartooning — Cooper Lamb, Sydney Affolter, Aiden O’Doherty, Sidney Heaton, Gianna Crimaldi and Liza Woods.
Space on the mural is limited, so the small and large fish will be netted on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations can be made online for $50 for a name on a little fish and $75 for a big fish.
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