Fall has brought shades of color to the Old Town neighborhood but they aren’t the typical autumn leaves that you would expect. The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) has chosen the winners from Art Spot, a public mural program held on Oct. 2, and muralist have begun their work in the alleys of Old Town.
Art Spot is a public art series that will turn public and private alleys used for parking and pedestrians into an outdoor gallery. Twenty artists submitted their mural proposals, and spectators of Old Town voted for their favorites. The winning proposals belonged to Brett Whitacre and Andy Bellomo, Tiffany Klein, and Dorv MacLarcia. These three murals will be displayed on The Wild Rose Café, Swanson Design and the former Greenfield Collection location.
“This is a project that the Design Committee and several property owners in the community have been passionate for some time,” said Brittney Hoszkiw, executive director of the association. Through a grant by the Capital Area Community Foundation, those plans are becoming a reality.
Whitacre and Bellomo have had five years experience in painting and mosaic murals. They have worked with the Chicago Public Schools and other community art projects. Their winning proposal is titled “Positivity in Forward Motion” and will be displayed at the Swanson Design location.
Tiffany Klein owns an art studio, Klein’s Artistic Finishes, in Old Town and just had one of her art pieces displayed at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. Her winning mural for Art Spot is titled “Welcome to FUNky Town” and will be displayed at The Wild Rose Café.
Dorv MacLarcia is an artist out of Spring Lake, MI and has done mural painting for schools, factories, assisted living complexes, and residential complexes. Dorv’s winning proposal is “And All That Jazz”, which reflects the music culture imbedded in Old Town. This piece will be exhibited at the former Greenfield Collection.
With the support of private donors and the participation of the Capitol Region Community Foundation, more murals are expected to be installed throughout the alley in the future.