Young artists all abuzz at Chippewa Center

New mural installed today

On a quiet street at Indian Lake this week, about 30 area youths have been as busy as bees, buzzing about to create a honeycomb-shaped mural that will be installed today at the Chippewa Outreach Center.


Chicago-based artist Andy Bellomo, left, works with area resident Breanna Sweeney, 12, Wednesday to add the finishing touches to a mural that will be installed today at the Chippewa Neighborhood Outreach Center, 13976 Ironwood Ave., Lakeview (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

At the 13976 Ironwood Ave., Lakeview, facility, the children and teens have worked under the direction of Chicago-based artists Andy Bellomo and Sanya Glisic for the Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission project.

“This has been a tremendous project for us; we couldn’t be happier with it,” Chippewa Outreach Center Director Drew Shick said Wednesday.  

“I’ve been amazed at how creative the kids are. We’ve seen a whole different side of them this week, since we’re usually assisting them with homework help and playing games.”

To showcase the students’ artistic talents, community members are invited to an open house at 5 p.m. today at the center, where a cookout dinner also will be served.

This piece represents the third youth-led public work commissioned by the BCAC in recent years through educational grants from the Mary Eleanor Morris Foundation, BCAC director Chloe Manor said. The current project utilizes $5,000 from the foundation, along with local contributions from Steve Austin’s Auto Group and Whitetails Unlimited.

The other two BCAC murals are displayed in downtown Bellefontaine at the Allstate Insurance building, 207 S. Main St., and the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center, 104 S. Madriver St.

Ms. Bellomo also was the lead artist on the local JDC mural. A former art center director in Boston, her mural work has been featured in cities in Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.


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