Pomerene Center to spruce up downtown

| February 17, 2014

COSHOCTON – The Pomerene Center for the Arts has recruited a team of seven community members from throughout Coshocton County to work with cartoon/illustration artist Julian Dassai on the design of a large public art piece titled “Little Social Histories.” 

With Dassai as mentor, the seven member art making team will create graphics telling little social histories of downtown Coshocton in the context of the old and now vacant Selby Building (400 block Main Street – formerly JJ Newberry’s/SOTA). The finished artwork will be combined with historic text, old photographs and images, and will be enlarged to fill the building’s storefront windows.

The 31 empty windows are currently a major detractor on Main Street. So in addition to having an opportunity to learn from Dassai, the team will be doing the community a service.

The public is welcome to share its own stories about the Newberry Store on Main, and meet Dassai and the design team from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21t, at the Pomerene Center for the Arts.

The design team will work through the weekend to get a solid start on the graphic artwork. Work will continue through March. Intended installation in the windows is scheduled to coincide with Dogwood Festival, which will be held May 1- 9.

The work is funded in part through a National Endowment for the Arts OurTown community development grant.


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