The Trumansburg Creek Mural
In 2015 the Main Street, Trumansburg, NY building owned by Ben Guthrie and Hilary Gifford needed structural repair to the foundation. That created a nice creek-side patio area but no way to get to it. They made plans to add stairs and have artistic railings created by metal artist, Durand Van Doren. A window at the Gimme Coffee shop was replaced with a beautiful salvaged door to get to the stairs. But across from the patio the view was a glaring empty cement block wall and they soon decided it needed something. That's where I come in.
Hilary got a group together for ideas and input on a mural. The general consensus was that the design should be natural. I put together a design that they liked and Hilary submitted it to the Community Arts Partnership which gave us a grant to cover part of the expense and we were off and running. There was a lot of planning and fundraising to be done and Hilary took care of that brilliantly.
Beginning the Mural
There was much preparation before starting to paint—cement work, power washing, sealing the wall, setting up scaffolding, etc. Ben was a master of all of that. And he helped get the arc correct for the tunnel which was crucial. Hilary and I began the painting on July 24, 2016 in the heat of the summer. (We quickly discovered that it was worth waiting for the shade of the afternoon.) The summer was one of drought, which actually allowed us more access to the creek bed.
Finishing Phase One
We will continue working on the left end of the wall in 2017, but here is where the mural is today. If you are in the Finger Lakes area stop by the bridge on Main Street in Trumansburg to see it, or head to Gimme Coffee and take the stairs down to see it from the patio.