Mural Design Competition
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