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Artsbridge organizes wall murals for Grand Central Mall

Kylie Lallamont, an Art-cart teacher with Artsbridge paints one of the wall murals. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG– Artsbridge and Grand Central Mall have once again partnered together to help the mall reflect the community.

According to Artsbridge Director Mandy Stevens, Jody Hopkins, General Manager of the Grand Central Mall, asked if the Artsbridge would be interested in partnering for a new mural project.

“We have a great relationship with the mall,” explained Stevens.

The Artsbridge helped organize the painting of a mural in 2019 near the foodcourt entry, and has an art gallery in the mall.

The new paintings, which were designed by Diane McDonald, the Artsbridge’s activity coordinator, are a geometric pattern featuring school colors of Wood and Washington County high schools.

Bill Haas, with Artsbridge paints one of the murals. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

The paintings can be seen around the Belk and Dunhams entrance wall, as well as on two sets of pillars by the doors.

“We have been unable to do summer music and other projects because of Covid-19,” said Stevens.

“We started looking outside the box for ways to keep the community involved in arts, and I am thrilled this opportunity arose.”

The team will continue painting the murals today.

Diane McDonald, project coordinator, and Bill Johnson, maintenance supervisor with the mall, trace lines to be taped off then painted on one of the pillars. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Artsbridge Director Mandy Stevens tapes off a mural section Saturday morning along with Dianne Davis, Artsbridge board President. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

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