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Mural to glisten with teens’ message of hope

A stained glass mosaic mural soon will glisten in the sunshine on an outside wall of the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center facility, with a message behind it that its teen creators hope will bring a positive light to the community.

Ten girls who are part of the Logan County Family Court’s intervention group called Girl Talk have worked together this week with three Chicago-area artists to create the mural through the Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission project.

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LEFT: Chloe Manor, Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission director, and artist Monica Moki Tantoco clean pieces of stained glass on a mosaic mural Thursday at the Bellefontaine Entrepreneurial Center, 124 S. Main St. RIGHT: Alicia Baer, 16, left, and Shauna Seagraves, 17, work to clean stained glass pieces on a mosaic mural they helped to create this week. The mural will be installed on the south wall of the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center this weekend. EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR

Funded by a $9,000 Mary Eleanor Morris Fund educational grant received by the BCAC, the public work designed by the students features a tree design with a flowing river running through the tree trunk, abstract leaves and a glowing sun with its rays jutting off the top of the piece.

“Our mural represents growth, passion and future,” participant Logan Taylor said. “We wanted to incorporate the tree with deep roots and branches to represent us branching out into life.”

Thursday, the youths and artists Andy Bellomo, Jourdon Gullett and Monica Moki Tantoco made the finishing touches to their creation at the Bellefontaine Entrepreneurial Center, 124 S. Main St. They cleaned the stained glass and also applied a sealant to the edges of the different mural sections.

To unveil all of their hard work, the group hosts an open house for the mural from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the entrepreneurial center. Refreshments will be served.

“We’re so excited for the community to see the final product,” said Chloe Manor,

BCAC director. “And we want to emphasize how much of the creation and design of the mural was done by these local students.”

This most recent venture is the second mural funded by the BCAC following a project last year developed by Ohio Hi-Point Career Center students that is displayed on the Allstate Insurance building, 207 S. Main St.

The new mural will be placed on the south wall of the JDC, 104 S. Madriver St., and a part of the mural will wrap around to the east side of the building.

The piece will be installed at the JDC wall Saturday afternoon and Sunday with the help of the artists and area resident Kip Carter.

For more, pick up Friday's Bellefontaine Examiner.

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