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Artists Have The Chance To Leave Their Mark On Hamilton

Courtesy of StreetSpark
The "Left Hander for Life" mural was dedicated in 2017 on the side of Clark's Sporting Goods on South B Street in Hamilton.

A large-scale outdoor mural project in Hamilton is putting out the call for artists. StreetSpark is planning three murals for Summer 2019.

Program Manager Jenn Acus-Smith says artists are encouraged to find inspiration in each mural's location.

"There are some suggested themes for the different sites but we really want artists to use their inspiration and come up with something that does respond to the area that the building is in," she says.

StreetSpark has created eight murals since the program began in 2016, including last year's "Left Hander for Life," honoring beloved native son and Reds great Joe Nuxhall.

Acus-Smith says the organization is trying to expand beyond downtown Hamilton to outlying neighborhoods.

The sites include the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Max Stacy Flowers on High Street and Minnick's Drive Thru in Lindenwald.

"This is definitely not a piece of art that would be on a white wall in a gallery," Acus-Smith elaborates. "You're responding to the other buildings in the area and the landscaping."

The deadline for artists to submit design proposals is Feb. 8, 2019. Those wishing to help paint have until March 8, 2019 to apply.

Winning designs will be announced in March or April and the work takes place during June and July.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.