Funding is in place to pay for half of the mural Clintonville Historical Society members want to see on a railroad underpass connecting their neighborhood with the Linden area.

Funding is in place to pay for half of the mural Clintonville Historical Society members want to see on a railroad underpass connecting their neighborhood with the Linden area.

Now, society President Mary Rodgers said last week, efforts are under way to secure enough money to have the mural also spread to the south wall of the overpass at East North Broadway near Interstate 71.

The shortfall is about $17,000, Rodgers said.

The mural, to depict historic scenes and figures from both neighborhoods, initially was funded by $6,500 the historical society received through the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program as part of the city's bicentennial.

Private fundraising and other sources provided enough for one panel to be painted by mural artist Gregory K. Ackers of Delaware.

Ackers, who painted the first two murals in the Short North in 1987 and 1989, was chosen from a field of artists who applied in March by a committee made up of Rodgers, North Broadway Street Association President Carole W. Tomko and Jeff Scarpitti, vice chairman of the Maize Road Civic Association.

"The easiest way to explain it is we are funded on the north wall, and that's where Greg will start his work," Rodgers said.

General fundraising is ongoing for anyone who wishes to donate to the project, he said.

Some of the images Ackers hopes to incorporate into his painting are on display at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, along with donation cards and envelopes.

A First Brush Stroke Tea is set for Sunday, June 3, at the historic Clintonville residence of Suzanne and David Fisher. Those who attend are asked to make a minimum donation of $100, Rodgers said.

Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe will cater the fundraiser. For more information, call Rodgers at 614-657-6854.

Beginning in the second week of June and continuing through July, commemorative coffee mugs and free coffee will be available for donors at the store Rodgers owns, Moxie's at 3339 N. High St. The Saturday events run from 10 a.m. to noon and offer people a chance to meet with the artist and historical society officials.

Clintonville-themed coffee mugs will be sold for $10, Rodgers said.