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Rogers City Main Street seeking local artist for new mural

Courtesy Photo An artist is sought for a new mural to be painted on a Rogers City pump house by the beach and bike path.

ROGERS CITY ­– Rogers City Main Street will be hosting its inaugural Murals on Main Mural Festival June 10 through 16, and they are seeking a local muralist.

“We are excited to partner with local businesses, national and international artists, sponsors, donors and community members for this weeklong celebration of public art,” said Katy Carignan, director of the Stone House Studio in Rogers City.

Carignan is excited about Murals on Main.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come and see how community art is made,” she said. “We have four national and international artists that will be coming for the week, and they’ll be painting their murals, and then we have one space that we have for a local artist to paint their mural.”

The application deadline for artists is March 15. Artists living in the counties of Presque Isle, Cheboygan, Alpena, or Montmorency are eligible to apply. Murals on Main will provide all supplies and equipment for completion of the mural. The mural artist will receive a $1,000 stipend as well as the publicity and acclaim of a participating artist in the festival. The eligible artist does not need to have completed a mural before. The artist will need to be available the week of June 10 through 16 for events and painting of their mural.

The mural will be painted on an outdoor building in the heart of Rogers City.

“We would like a creative use of the space that will draw in locals and visitors alike and could be a space for people to take a photo with friends, family, or fur-babies,” Carignan said in a press release. “The work will be of the artist’s own design with the requirement it not include offensive language or images and the committee will work with the artist to find the right design for the space.”

This mural will be located on a Rogers City pump house by the beach and bike path, accessible to the public, on the beach side of the Purple Martin Lakeside Inn and Bird Sanctuary, at 194 Depot St. in Rogers City.

“Murals are awesome, because it’s one of those really vibrant things that brings people together,” Carignan said. “It’s a great thing for tourists and locals alike. It brightens up your town. And we’ve all seen how Alpena has changed with the murals.”

She added that the festival aspect makes it even more interactive and fun.

“The nice thing about a mural festival is people really get to watch it happen,” Carignan said. “Having these muralists come together is actually a benefit not just to our community, but for our local artists, too, because they can meet and interact with these other artists … It can be a great opportunity.”

For more information and to apply, visit thestonehousestudio.org/news/murals-on-main-call-for-local-artists.

If you have questions, contact Carignan at Director@thestonehousestudio.org.

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