New Mural in Downtown Euclid Full of History, Pride
Each Fall, beginning in 2016, the Euclid Art Walk has brought new public art into Downtown Euclid adding to the year round vibrancy of the community. From window clings on available storefronts and the oversized vinyl banner on Beach Club Bistro featuring photography taken by Euclid residents through the popular #thisiseuclid photography contest to the paint-by-numbers community mural created by artist Charley Francis for ‘Art Alley’ -displaying the talents of our residents has been paramount.
This year’s Euclid Art Walk on Friday, September 13th from 5-8pm will be no different. Euclid resident and Euclid High School art teacher Meg Garbincus is creating a masterpiece sure to inspire delight in former, current and future residents. Her “postcard” mural recalls historic, hand-colored postcards – a style that is popular across the United States. From Nashville, TN to San Diego, CA these types of murals attract interactive photo-ops (new selfie spot alert!) and quickly become landmark attractions.
Meg’s mural incorporates iconic Euclid architecture inside 5’ tall letters, including the Joseph Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier, the Euclid Public Library and the Paul Serra ball field, set against an equally iconic Lake Erie sunset scene.
Meg volunteered to design and hand paint the mural as a gift to the city she loves. She will incorporate the talents of EHS art students as well, teaching the process of transferring a work of art from paper to a brick wall. Working with the City of Euclid, especially the Architectural Review Board, and property owner Jim Knauss, a highly visible location was selected at the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard, E.222nd Street and Babbitt Road. Extra special thanks to resident Brain McGarry and Keep Euclid Beautiful for the paint and material donations that made this project possible.
Stop by the Keep Euclid Beautiful table at the corner of E.222nd Street and Lakeshore Boulevard during the 2019 Euclid Art Walk where Euclid resident and Euclid High School (EHS) art teacher Meg Garbincus will be painting the newest addition to Downtown’s growing public art collection. Her Euclid “postcard” mural will be underway and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Everyone who stops by to snap a selfie with the work-in-progress will get a free, mail-able postcard printed with the artwork.
Allison Lukacsy-Love is the Community Projects Manager at the City of Euclid. You can reach her at (216) 289-8160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org