Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I decided to forgo my usual jammies-and-crime-shows Sunday routine and take off on a photo adventure. Jeff, Bill and I drove through Ohio River towns, ending up in East Liverpool to hunt for more junk that we possibly do not need. But it’s been so long since we looked, I figured why not? I found three great old photos (which you’ll see in future posts), and the awesome score of the last few months: an art deco announcement plaque with overhead lamp from the Roy Powell funeral home. East Liverpool was a ghost town at 4 p.m. on a Sunday March afternoon, but tucked away on the former site of an old theater was this trompe l’oeil mural of a garden fence and two secret doors, possibly of the theater that once stood there? The things you find when you wander aimlessly.
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Curt Gettman, project manager for the Sprout Fund has been tracking the mural progress. It looks as if the sun will prove to be the mural’s savior. In the future: do not put on clear coat if the temperature is below 60 degrees with rain in the forecast. Lesson learned.
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Someone in the Morningside community was kind enough to wash the mural with gentle dabs of warm water. It’s looking much better. Thank you, whoever did this. Now with the warm weather tomorrow, it may return to its original state.
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I wish we could say it’s finished. But we’re not sure yet.
This entry was supposed to be the grand-finale blog entry documenting the completion of the Morningside mural. Jeff’s been working on this project since May – from submitting the proposal, to the preliminary designs — meetings with the Morningside community, the final design, and then the painting – two and a half months of painting (with the amazing help of Sarah W.). Finally, he rolled the last coat of clear finish to protect the mural on October 11th, his 40th birthday. It was a little chilly that afternoon, but sunny and we couldn’t have been happier.
We were both pretty shocked this past Friday when someone from the Morningside community emailed Jeff, telling him that the clear coat on the mural had dripped down the length of it, causing white streaks. Who knew it would be 30 degrees and snow mixed with rain in the middle of October? The low temperature and rain caused the streaking. Jeff was in such shock that he had no reaction at all, which really worried me. My stomach dropped and my heart ached for him, thinking of all the hard work he put into that work. His hands were still flecked with mural paint, the greenish-blue embedded under his nails and staining his shoes. This mural had become a big part of him these past few months and to think that he might have to paint it again pretty much makes me want to puke and scream at the same time.
We still had a good weekend, despite this setback (flea marketing is always good therapy for us). There is a chance that if the clear coat has a chance to fully dry on Tuesday and Wednesday when it’s sunny and in the 60s, then Jeff won’t have anything to worry about. But if it is damaged, then we start figuring out how to fix this little bitch. Here is a sneak peek of what is beneath the cloudy version:
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I’m happy (and relieved) to say that Jeff’s mural is almost finished! One more weekend and I’ll have my husband returned to me.
I’m super proud of him. He worked so, so hard doing this – from many sketches to the final project – all while working a full time job as well as having two other freelance projects. His dedication and talent are inspiring to me (and yes sweetie, you get a big present waiting for you on the other side, he he).
I really like Morningside too. It reminds me a little bit of where I grew up in Coraopolis – -everybody knows your business (this could be potentially annoying, as it was growing up in Cory. But I find the idea comforting as I get older). On the afternoon I took the pictures, our friend Bill and I stopped in to Frank’s Pizza to get some lunch. “You’re new here?” the owner (Frank?) said. Jeffrey, the owner of Morning Glory Coffeehouse, held a corn roast to kick-off mural festivities. People kept walking by or driving up to the coffeehouse and saying hello. Jeff and I marked it on our list of possible places to look for a house. I may get my garden sooner than I think.