MIDDLEPORT — The first step to creating the mural was coming up with an idea.
Peggy Crane, a board member of the Riverbend Art Council, scrolled through her phone and showed the group from Meigs Industries Adult Services of Meigs County Board of Developmental Disability different paintings from which they could model their mural. Finally, the group decided to create a wooded landscape, and set to work.
One person worked on buildings while another on trees, helping the look of a community come together. The group has created a mural for the art show the last six years, each year having a different look and feel. The group worked between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to work on the project, and will return to continue the massive art project Sept. 18.
“I think they did such a good job with getting it ready,” Crane said.
The mural, which will take weeks to make, will be on display at the Art in the Village event. There will also be an artwork competition Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that allows artists from the area (both amateur and professional) to showcase their artwork. Both Crane and Rojean McClure co-chair the event.
There are five categories: Oil Painting, Acrylc Painting, Watercolor Painting, Photography and Other, which includes mixed media, drawing, ink, charcoal and colored pencil, among others. Participants may enter five pieces in any category by Oct. 2 between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with each entry costing $5. Entry forms can be picked up at Farmers Bank and all Meigs County libraries.
During the event, the Masonic Lodge will be selling food in the basement, and the council will be serving homemade ice cream for $1. A chinese auction will be held, which helps the council to keep their workspace open and keep the council thriving, Crane said. There will be a children’s tent which allows children to take artwork home for free, and aside from entry fees and food costs the event is free to the public. There will also be vendors, including a vendor that provides old photographs and another with a published book.
The Best of Show winner receives a rosette ribbon and $50; People’s Choice winner receives a rosette ribbon and $25; first-place winners receive a ribbon and $25; second-place winners receive a ribbon and $15; and third-place winners receive a ribbon and $10.
“This is the place to showcase art,” Crane said.