Mural Design Competition

Through Children's Eyes A project that began last year with the simple drawings of the Franklin County Fair by children and residents of the Alice Center is now being painted on the 200 ft wall across from the Fairgrounds.  In the Spring of 2016, Foothills ARTSociety held a competition for the children's  drawings to be incorporated into a mural. Professional artists Pamela May and Arnold Sauther worked together to come up with the winning design.  Then, after the building was power washed and primed, artist Kief Sloate-Dowden and his apprentice, Kayla Tupor, a NCCC art major, started painting.  They can be seen on most days of the week painting the design on the wall.  Foothills ARTSociety would like to invite the community to stop in and visit the painters and maybe even volunteer their services.  We would like this project to be a true community event with any interested parties becoming involved.  If you would like a preview of what the finished mural will look like, stop in to the third floor of the Wead Library where there is a display of the children's drawings used as well as the completed mural design. This project was made possible by a grant from Adirondak for Kids and the generosity of Brad Scott, owner of Smith Lumber in Fort Covington who donated the paint. 

Through Children's Eyes

A project that began last year with the simple drawings of the Franklin County Fair by children and residents of the Alice Center is now being painted on the 200 ft wall across from the Fairgrounds.  In the Spring of 2016, Foothills ARTSociety held a competition for the children's  drawings to be incorporated into a mural. Professional artists Pamela May and Arnold Sauther worked together to come up with the winning design.  Then, after the building was power washed and primed, artist Kief Sloate-Dowden and his apprentice, Kayla Tupor, a NCCC art major, started painting.  They can be seen on most days of the week painting the design on the wall.  Foothills ARTSociety would like to invite the community to stop in and visit the painters and maybe even volunteer their services.  We would like this project to be a true community event with any interested parties becoming involved.  If you would like a preview of what the finished mural will look like, stop in to the third floor of the Wead Library where there is a display of the children's drawings used as well as the completed mural design.

This project was made possible by a grant from Adirondak for Kids and the generosity of Brad Scott, owner of Smith Lumber in Fort Covington who donated the paint. 

Press release:

Thanks to a special grant awarded to Foothills ARTSociety by Adirondack for Kids, the

Malone community will soon be able to enjoy a mural painted on the walls of a building

in the village. Since the building overlooks the Franklin County Fairgrounds, it was

decided that the theme for the mural would reflect the 166 years of the Fair.

Phase One of the project has been completed. In 2015, children in the area were asked

to draw their memories of the fair. Since one of the workshops was at the Alice Center,

several residents also contributed drawings of their memories of the fair. Over 120

drawings were created depicting what the fair meant to them - rides, food, games,

animals, grandstand activities are some of the themes that were chosen by many. The

finished drawings were displayed in the 4-H building last August during the Fair.

A group of artists and teachers met recently to finalize plans for continuation of the

project. The mural committee includes Michael Hart, Karen Lamitie-King, Pamela May,

Arnie Sauther, Caron Roulston, Linda Crosby, Diane Rider, Bev Quenville and Foothills

representative Cortney Fallon. They selected approximately 40 drawings which will be

used as inspiration for the design. Members of the committee will also serve as judges

for design entries.

Phase two of the mural project involves the artist community - anyone who is interested

in submitting a design for the competition. The dimensions of the building are 12ʻ high

and 204ʼ6” long (387 East Main St - building adjacent to the Fairgrounds). The winning

design must be: based on the studentsʼ drawings; drawn to scale (1”= 1ʼ); rendered in

color; reflect the Fair theme, past or present; and the artist must be willing to serve as a

consultant for the painters.

The committee will decide which design best reflects the criteria above and the winner

will receive $1,000, one half when the design is chosen and one half at the completion

of the mural. Preliminary sketches are due Monday, April 18th. Anyone chosen as a

finalist will have until Tues., May 31st to hand in their final design.

The student drawings which will be used as inspiration may be viewed at Pouring Light

Studios, 432 East Main St. in Malone (481-5150). Packets with additional information

will be available for anyone wishing to enter the contest. Once the winning design has

been chosen and supplies purchased, the actual painting will commence.

Phase three will be transferring the design to the wall and then painting the mural. Kief

Sloate-Dowden, a local artist, will be doing the painting with some help from interested

children, adults and young adults. Foothills ARTSociety would like to thank Adirondack

for Kids for making this opportunity possible and is looking forward to the completion of

the mural.