grad close to completing
eye-catching tourist attraction
is the fourth public mural
that Black has created
Helen E. McKinney
(September 2009) Mural artist Tiffany Black
knows the meaning of hard work. Over the last two years she has relied
upon fundraising, donations and the aid of friends to procure funding
for the West Street Mural Project.
The project consists of 18 historic scenes of Madison surrounding a
main river scene, painted on the side of Shipleys Tavern, 322
West St., in Madison, Ind. While Shipleys owner Cris Sauer is
the biggest financial contributor, Black said she has relied heavily
Street Mural Sponsors
subject with sponsor)
Middleton Elementary School (John Roberts Painting & Sherwin
Historic funeral procession (Morgan & Nay Funeral
Madison Main Street (Joeygs Restaurant &
Eleutherian College (Jan Mortensen, Tiffanys aunt)
Regatta Hydroplane Race (raffle winner Clate Winters, age
Clifty Falls State Park (TNT Tool Rental)
Parker Auditorium (Hanover College)
Former Hendricks Library at Hanover College (Hanover
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site (Iron Gate Inn)
Hanging Rock Hill Waterfall (Dan and Laura Hodges)
The Point at Hanover College (Rivers Institute at
Christ Episcopal Church (William Grant Black, Tiffanys
grandfather and a former Episcopal bishop in Springfield, Ill.)
Ohio River Bridge (Dr. Roy Eaglin, DMD)
Jefferson County Courthouse (The Courtney family)
Broadway Fountain (Tony Waltz)
Knights of Pythius Lodge building representing historic
buildings in Madisons National Historic Landmark District
TBD (Hanover College professor David Buchman)
One spot available
Even when it became clear that I would have to do
some major fundraising in order for this to happen, I barely thought
of abandoning the project. Its just too good of an opportunity
for me as an emerging artist, said Black, 24, a recent Hanover
A few individuals and businesses invested in the project right away,
Black said. These included the Iron Gate Inn, Hanover College and Madison
Black provided a list of possible scenes to potential sponsors, but
a few came up with their own ideas. Morgan & Nay Funeral Home chose
an historic scene of a horse-drawn funeral procession, something Black
would never have thought to paint.
The mural is surrounded by a frame which Black likes to think resembles
vines. When finished the mural will contain eighteen round openings
among the vines, depicting historic scenes. Its like looking
through a thick forest and finding these illuminated scenes standing
there with all their individual history and character.
A boat in the center of the mural represents the Revonah (Hanover spelled
backward), a real steamer that traveled the Ohio River in the 1900s.
The boats owner was Capt. Selby Turner, who had a business on
the river between East Street and St. Michaels Avenue. Turners
grandson, Dick Goodman, sponsored the center spot.
Sauer said he is happy with the progress of the mural. Shes
amazing, he said of Blacks talent. When Sauer pondered the
idea of the mural, he consulted Robyne Hart, a former business professor
at Hanover College who is now director of a college business program
in Chicago. Black was a student of Harts and Hart told Sauer,
I know just the person to paint the mural, said Sauer.
Once Sauer proposed the idea to Black, I immediately knew that
I wanted to do it, she said. Black has painted 15 murals since
high school, but never one outside a building, and never one three
stories tall! She hopes to complete the mural by October and the
finished size will be three stories high by 80 feet long.
She completed a three-month internship with muralist David Schuster
in Louisville, Ky. She aided him in painting a mural at Trinity High
School, helped with painting classes he taught in his art studio, learned
how to run a small business and market herself as an artist.
by Don Ward
Blacks mural on the
wall at Shipleys Tavern depict
s a variety of Madison scenes.
This is actually Blacks fourth public mural. She
painted one for the Hanover College mailroom titled, The Giving
Tree; another mural in the Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls
Club movie room in Madison that contains more than 100 cartoon characters;
and a mosaic project on the riverfront in Madison.
In my opinion, a mural should reflect something thats present
in its environment and make a comment on it, or provide it with a story,
a background, or show it in a new light, said Black, who is from
Danville, Ind., a small town west of Indianapolis.
She enjoys the community involvement a mural attracts, as individuals
often pass by and become interested in the project. Murals are
so big and visible that they really affect the space people live in,
and energize, and I find that really exciting.
But there was more than just painting to consider before beginning this
project. Black had to research scaffolding, insurance, drafting contracts,
professional exterior paint, masonry sealers and primers, and talk to
contractors about how to patch the crumbling brick wall she would be
painting her mural upon.
Black considers herself a muralist by profession, even though she is
often compelled to sculpt, collage, sew, draw, make woodcut prints,
take photos and write songs on her mothers old guitar. Im
constantly creating things, she said.
A mural of any size requires planning to get the composition, color
scheme, subject matter, balance and contrast correct. Most of the planning
is technical, centered on the structure, she said. Its all
a process of taking things in and letting it flow back out.
Clate Winters, 8, won a raffle to be the sponsor of one spot on the
mural. He chose a scene from the Madison Regatta Unlimited hydroplane
One large sponsorship position on the mural is still available for $1,000.
More information can be found at www.weststreetmural.blogspot.com,
or by contacting Tiffany Black at (317) 796-8793.
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