UPDATE: Canal Winchester National Barber Museum mural honors founder, current director

Jack McLaughlin
ThisWeek
Mike Ippoliti (left), director and curator of the National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame, and artist David Walker are shown at the museum's memorial patio Nov. 6 after Walker's mural depicting Ippoliti getting a haircut from museum founder Ed Jeffers was installed.

The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame in Canal Winchester now adorns its memorial patio with a mural that celebrates the institution’s history. 

An 8-foot by 10-foot illustration of museum founder Ed Jeffers cutting the hair of current museum director and curator Mike Ippoliti was added to the building’s facade Nov. 6. The image was created by local artist David Walker using colored pencil and ink. 

Walker’s illustration was converted into a mural by Atchley Graphics in Columbus. The image was digitally enlarged and printed on vinyl in sections that were laminated together and affixed to the front of the museum using heat. 

Gabe Ritz, with Atchley Graphics, installs a mural Nov. 6 by artist David Walker that depicts Mike Ippoliti, National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame director and curator, getting a haircut from museum founder Ed Jeffers.

“It’s not a permanent thing so if need be, we can remove it without damaging the building,” Ippoliti said. 

Steve Donahue, Canal Winchester Area Historical Society president, said the organization is covering the $1,070 cost of the mural. 

Walker is a retired postal worker and graduate of Ohio State University, where he studied fine art. He said he works in a wide variety of mediums, including sculpture, drawing and painting.

While this is his first commissioned piece, his work has been displayed in downtown Canal Winchester as part of the annual Art Stroll. 

“I don’t think the size has hit me yet,” Walker said of the finished mural. “But I’m really glad it’s out there. I’m glad people can see it.”  

According to Donahue, Walker was selected after being recommended to the museum board. 

Museum officials have been searching for a way to highlight the facility’s memorial patio, which features brick pavers engraved with the names of donors. 

“Sometimes people ask us where the memorial patio is after walking right by it, and we wanted to change that,” Ippoliti said. “We went through a lot of different scenarios. Someone eventually presented the idea of Ed cutting my hair, and we thought, ‘Well, why not?’ ” 

The building at 135 Franklin St. is owned by the Canal Winchester school district, so museum officials required approval from the board of education – which was granted unanimously. 

“I enjoy the brick buildings and the murals so I definitely think something like this would add character to the community,” school board member Kevin Butler said. 

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