Wall art

Davis, Wells selected
for Madison mural projects

By Michella Marino
Contributing Writer

(April 2006) – In an effort to promote local art and also beautify public areas of downtown, Madison Mayor Al Huntington on March 21 announced the winners of the city’s search for two artists to create murals.

Hal Davis


Huntington sent out a call for artistic submissions in February for two local artists to design and paint murals in the Main Street Comfort Station and the Senior Citizens’ Center. The proposals were due Feb. 14.
“We were overwhelmed with the quality of responses, so it shows just how strong our arts community is in Madison,” said Betsey Vonderheide, the city’s special projects coordinator. Eight proposals were received, officials said, and Patty Cooper Wells of Madison was chosen by community representatives to paint the mural in the Comfort Station. Community representatives and the senior citizens who use the Senior Citizen’s Center selected artist Hal Davis’ proposal.
In a recent press release, Huntington said he was happy with the number and quality of proposals received. “Very frankly, it was difficult to choose. Our area is fortunate to have so many talented individuals.”
Local residents may already be familiar with Davis’ work, since he has been chosen to create the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art poster more than once and is often featured in the Madison Art Club exhibits. He will be rewarded a $1,500 stipend for his mural.

Patty Cooper Wells


Wells’ mural talent can be seen at Joeyg’s Restaurant and Nightclub in Madison. Her work has also been seen at other local galleries. Her mural for the Main Street Comfort Station is titled, “The Essence of Madison,” and is centered on three basic attributes of Madison: its natural beauty, history-historic architecture, and hometown life.
“I truly feel that Madison is a national treasure, and I feel delight in showing out-of-towners the sights,” Wells said. “I would love for my artwork to communicate this enthusiasm to Madison visitors.”
Wells will receive a $1,000 stipend for her mural.

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