A series of murals showcasing the talent of local artists is scheduled to be installed in late summer or early fall, pending approval from the city of Bexley.

This spring, BexArts, a nonprofit community arts council, commissioned four artists to create murals that will serve as public art to highlight East Main Street businesses, said Nathaniel Hartman, BexArts chairman.

"These public, temporary murals will be installed on walls that residents of Bexley see every day but forget about in passing," Hartman stated in his application presented to the city of Bexley Board of Zoning and Planning. "We hope to highlight not only the unseen spaces in Bexley, but also artists who have not yet shared their artwork with the community at large."

Artists George Leach, Christine D'Epiro Abbott, Kim Rohrs and Bexley High School student Eleanor Rupp have been commission to install the murals on the exterior of Brassica restaurant, 2212 E. Main St.; the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St; Guiseppe's Ritrovo, 2268 E. Main St.; and Zen Cha Cafe & Tea, 2396 E. Main St.

"We do have OKs from all the businesses" to install the murals, Hartman said.

Depending on BZAP members' feedback, Hartman said, the murals will be 50 by 50 inches or 70 by 70 inches. The designs BexArts included in the application vary in style, from abstract to a depiction of a sailing ship.

"We will have a walk with the artists to explain their work" once the murals have been installed, Hartman said.

Hartman said he plans to discuss the project at BZAP's next meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St. If the board approves the project, Hartman said installation is scheduled to take place late August or early September.

"These murals will last for approximately six months before they would be taken down," he said.

BexArts is also hosting its inaugural visual arts exhibition, "Stepping Stones," on display through Aug. 30 at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. The exhibition features a variety of work from local artists, ranging from children to hobbyists to professionals.

For more information, visit bexarts.org.

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