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Restoration Needed! Glenwood City Chamber seeks funds to repaint, restore community’s centennial wall mural

GLENWOOD CITY — Weather and aging brick face have caused Glenwood City’s “Centennial Wall Mural” to deteriorate much faster than anticipated.

The centennial wall mural, located on the west wall of the Glen Hills Professional Building (formerly DeCamp’s Furniture Store and the Daylight Store) on Oak and First Streets, is in need of repainting and repair.

The mural, which features several prominent people from Glenwood City’s past was originally painted in 1983 by Dave Markson and retouched by Jason Ruhland in 2007, is in dire need of repair and repainting once again.

A couple of hail storms shortly after the repainting eight years ago coupled with the aging brick surface the mural is painted on has caused it to peel badly in the past year.

“Since it is peeling badly, the artists we have talked to feel that it should be power washed prior to painting,” said Shawn DeWitt, Glenwood City Area Chamber of Commerce president.

“While this means we will lose a good portion of the original paint, it should also give a better base to start from and make for a longer lasting end result,” DeWitt continued.

“We don’t want to lose this important piece of our history and we are asking for help from the community,” DeWitt said.

The Glenwood City Area Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to restore the mural but cannot  do it without financial assistance from the community.

In 2007, approximately $3,000 in private donations were received to repaint the wall, which included the addition of about a half dozen images of former community leaders.

Estimates from artists have put the restoration costs at around $8,000.  A large portion of this cost includes the rental of a scissor lift so the artist can safely reach the top portions of the mural as well as the thorough cleaning of the brick surface prior to the repainting.

The Chamber is currently accepting monetary donations for the project. Also, if someone is willing to donate the use of the needed equipment or offer a reduced rate, that would be very helpful.

For information or to donate, please contact Shawn DeWitt at 715-265-4646 or Joan Bartz at 715-265-4453.