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Volunteers needed: Mid-Ohio Valley high school murals to be painted at mall

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge is looking for volunteers for its Community of Artists Mural Painting this weekend at the Grand Central Mall.

The geometric mural to be located on the front side of the mall facing Grand Central Avenue will be painted the colors of local high schools. Artsbridge Program Coordinator Diane McDonald has designed a geometric representation for eight local high schools.

Four murals will be painted to represent Parkersburg South High School, Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg Catholic High School, St. Marys High School, Marietta High School, Belpre High School, Williamstown High School and Warren High School.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, volunteers using rollers will participate in the painting of the murals. McDonald will have the area ready to be painted, said Amanda Stevens, executive director of Artsbridge.

Residents also are encouraged to drive by throughout the weekend to see the progress. Donation boxes will be available to help support the project and others like it.

People wishing to participate can email mandy@artsbridgeonline.org to sign up.

The Community of Artists Mural Painting Event is an effort increase community pride and unity, Stevens said. The goal is to create a community art installation that strengthens the bond among the Mid-Ohio Valley Arts community and increase the impact that art has on the lives of our residents. These beautiful pieces of art will last for many years.

Artsbridge is a local non-profit Arts organization that provides over 15 Arts programs each year, including student scholarships and teacher awards.

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