New Murals Add Color to Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio ­– Picture this: Two new colorful murals.

One is on Andrews Avenue near downtown Youngstown and is a project of students in a public art class being taught by Youngstown State University art professor Dragana Crnjak.

This 160-foot-long mural, abstract in nature, depicts the memories of Youngstown residents, as well as visions for the future. Twelve students are taking part in it, and it should be finished by the end of this month.

Rachel Hritz, a YSU student, stands near the mural she is helping to create on Andrews Avenue. Below center column: YSU students paint the outlines of the mural at night by tracing over a projection of it. During the day, the students fill in the colors.

The second mural is on the exterior wall on the east side of Southern Park Mall, between Sawa Japanese Steak House and Escape Boardman.

This one is an expansion of a logo on a T-shirt sold by Youngstown Clothing Co., a mall tenant. It has the word “Yohio” on it, and was painted by Patrick McGlone. It is part of a public art program sponsored by Washington Prime Group, which owns the mall. Washington Prime is hiring local artists in cities across the country to paint art at its properties. This mural is 37 feet by 22 feet.

Pictured: Patrick McGlone works on the mural he is painting on a wall at Southern Park Mall in Boardman. The mural was finished Oct. 9.