By the end of the summer, Uptown Marysville will be a more vibrant color.

By the end of the summer, Uptown Marysville will be a more vibrant color.

Artist Curtis Goldstein is currently working on designs for a mural to be painted in Uptown Marysville.

Eric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said the project is a culmination of several Marysville groups' efforts.

"This is a very exciting project for us, no question," Phillips said. "This has been collaboration at its best, and a lot of entities have been involved."

For several months, a city mural committee has been working to secure an artist, locate appropriate space in Uptown for a mural, and to procure funding for the project, according to Phillips. The mural and the associated work will be paid for by a $10,000 grant from Dayton Power & Light.

A Columbus-based artist, Goldstein has received recommendations from the Ohio House of Representatives for the public murals he has painted throughout the Midwest, and in 2009 he was nominated for the Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts. He recently completed a mural in Reynoldsburg, and has also painted murals in Chicago and Arizona.

On his website, Goldstein describes his work as focusing on change and dignity.

"My paintings explore the inner-workings of a diverse and rapidly changing city, at times celebrating economic and cultural progress, and other times lending dignity to the strata of decline inherent in all urban centers," Goldstein writes.

Phillips said that the mural is slated to appear on the Hatfield Chiropractic Clinic, 130 N. Main St. Designs for the mural, which may include aspects of Marysville's history, are expected to be complete in June, and will then be put before Marysville's design review board. Following approval, work on the mural would begin in July, with the project slated to be completed before Sept. 11.

Phillips said the committee doesn't plan on stopping with one mural.

"The committee would also like to work on restoring other murals in the community," he said. "We want to identify some of those older murals for potential restoration."

Some of those murals would include artwork on what is now the Old Bag of Nails in Uptown, which was once the John Auer grocery.

"As another part of this project, Curtis Goldstein will also work with the local schools for a third project," Phillips said. "We're not sure what that project will be yet, but we will develop a project in which the students can be involved."

Phillips said the project is a move in the right direction for attracting visitors and businesses into Uptown Marysville.

"Overall this is a great step forward for the revitalization of Uptown Marys-ville," Phillips said. "If we can locate more potential murals for restoration and can find the funds to pay for them, we will be working with the historical society on identifying that list."

Phillips said community members that may know of public artwork that might be suited for revitalization or promotion can contact the chamber at 937-642-6279. Goldstein's artwork can be viewed on the Web at http://curtisgoldstein.blogspot.com.

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