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Bowling Green State University, Ironwood Block Watch, Oakdale Community, East Toledo Family Center, the One Voice for East Toledo Initiative, LISC, and a number of other collaborators will be painting another mural on East Broadway at the viaduct.

BGSU graduate Maura Meyers has been chosen to design the mural and help lead a team of university students and volunteers in painting a mural.

BGSU arts professor Gordon Ricketts and Peruvian artist Mario Torero led a group of students in painting a 40-foot wide by 15-foot tall mural on the viaduct on East Broadway near Vinyl Street last year. This year, Ricketts wanted a different type of mural – one he felt would contrast but complement Torero’s work.

“I was looking online and Maura just popped into my head,” he said. “I know she does more realistic type murals that are a little less abstract, but I think it will be a nice complement to what we have going on, on the other side. I thought this would be a good opportunity for her and would be a switch-up of Mario.”

Ricketts estimates that it would cost approximately $2,500 to $3,000 for paint, however the labor is free. “My students just get class credit, but I’d like to pay the artist (Meyers) $1,000 if I could. It’s going to be a lot of work. The labor is going to be free but it is her (Meyers) intellectual property there.”

The mural will be a Toledo landscape that is kid-centered. “Gordon told me about the organization GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network), and they’re into water conservation and just kind of promoting all the good things that water brings to a community,” Meyers said. “Since it’s near a school, they wanted to also incorporate kids in it. So it was kind of just kids and water and picture-book illustration.

“I typically paint in black and white so everything is going to be outlined in black and white, so that actually kind of pops the colors a little bit more I think,” she said.

“I’m a huge fan of picture books and I just think that while it might be a little bit child-centered I think that anybody can appreciate the innocence of the subject matter so I hope that it’s well received,” says Meyers.

The sketch of the mural, revealed at a meeting May 7 at Oakdale Elementary School, received rave reviews from those attending.

Meyers feels confident in her experience with murals, as she has done quite a few already. “I’m painting one next weekend in Cleveland; I painted one in Cleveland last year,” she said. “I’ve painted a restaurant, a real estate office that’s coming up next week. I did one for Artomatic and for a screen printing shop, so a little bit of everything.”

The class for the college kids starts June 6, however they will probably start painting or tracing the mural on the wall June 7.

Meyers, a Perrysburg Junior High School art teacher, is hoping to recruit her students as well.

“I think that Perrysburg’s students could really benefit from experiencing it,” she said. “I always want something hands-on for them. I know it’s a class for the college students and it’s for this neighborhood but I think they need to be able to see the bigger picture here that they’re not just residents of Perrysburg, they’re part of something bigger.

“I think that’s really important, and I just want to get as many people involved as we can to get excited about it and support it,” she said.

All volunteers are welcome to attend, regardless of artistic ability.

“I went on Google and found all of these images and that will help me to communicate to someone else what colors we’re looking for or what textures we’re looking for so that someone who doesn’t feel so skilled can lay down the first layers, where someone who feels a little more confident in his or her skill can add details or textures,” explained Meyers.

“I’m kind of just the art director at that point. I’ll mix colors and tell them where they can paint and stuff like that. It should be almost kind of methodical when we actually get down to it,” she said. “It shouldn’t be something were you have to be a natural born painter to participate – I’m sure anybody with a brush who can work can volunteer.”

Maura Meyers’ work can be viewed online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To volunteer or donate you can e-mail Gordon Ricketts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Volunteer painting will start June 9th and take place Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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