The Community Art Center of Switzerland County, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, have teamed up with local businesses and private partnerships to create a giant dry erase coloring book page on the historic Lustron gas station.
The Art Center and Foundation found that the idea of a giant interactive coloring book mural was a great way to bring public art to all ages and allow for interaction with mural. The mural itself encompasses an entire wall of an old Texaco gas station which now houses an antique and vintage shop, Vevay Vintage Prop & Shop. The building, owned by Lisa and Jerry Fisher, is made entirely of porcelain enamel metal coated panels inside and out — creating the opportunity for a large ‘dry erase’ canvas. Built in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s the property was leased to Angie and Jeff Priest to open a retail store.
The project gained backing and encouragement when the idea was floated past local artist and business owners, Karin Dutkiewicz of ProjeKtWorks, and Rose Leap of Creative Images. With the support of the Community Art Center of Switzerland County, a grant was written to The Community Foundation of Switzerland County to help offset some of the cost and the balance was donated with in-kind and monetary donations.
The goal of the mural is to engage the public, both local and tourists, in a public interactive art project, by creating a space of engagement across all ages, backgrounds, and geographies through the use of interactive public art without the need for specialized art training or talent. Everyone can pickup a marker and color.
The giant interactive coloring book mural will go through three changes in keeping with community events and seasons.
The first is a “Welcome” theme with a giant hand waving ‘Hi’. The second will be celebrating the Swiss Wine Festival, which is held each August; and the third theme will focus on the Fall and the annual ‘Sleepy Hollow’ celebration. Each new version will start with a clean wall so everyone can create time and time again.
“We are excited to be able to participate in this partnership,” Pam Acton, Executive Director of the Community Foundation said. “We are always looking for creative project ideas in the community and this interactive art project was a perfect fit. It will enable all kinds of people to come together and have fun. It is great to see so many different organizations working together to provide such a unique art project in our community.”
Tim Shackleford, President of the Community Art Center board, stated, “We are pleased to partner with Vevay Vintage Prop & Shop for the first private/public funded art project promoting the arts and community involvement within Vevay, Indiana. We felt that not only would this be a fun project to be a part of and fall within our mission, but that it would also promote future opportunities for other community projects in the future.”
For further information about the Giant Interactive Coloring Book Mural please contact Angie at email@example.com.