A pop-up mural will decorate the windows of the artist reception area during the Black Swamp Arts Festival – BG Independent News


A mural by Toledo-based artist Michael Osborne will welcome participating artists to the artists’ hospitality suite of the 29th Annual Black Swamp Arts Festival and will be on public display throughout the festival.

Osborne has been practicing art for over 20 years and uses a photorealistic style in his murals and paintings. His previous work can be viewed on his website at www.abstractoverspray.com.

The glass mural will incorporate the festival name, musical lineup and “Artist Hospitality” signage. It will feature the festival’s salamander mascot as well as other Black Swamp creatures and plants. The mural will be on the windows and doors of H&R Block, 200 S. Main St., Downtown, Bowling Green.

The mural will be a temporary or “pop-up” artwork. The final touches to the mural should be completed by the morning of Friday, September 9, just in time for the start of the festival that evening. The mural will be on display to attendees throughout the festival weekend and will be unveiled on Monday, after the festival concludes on the evening of Sunday, September 11.

This is the first time that this type of fresco has been produced for the festival. Black Swamp Arts Festival Artist Hospitality Chair Alex Hutchings said the new mural art had several goals, including “creating an emotional connection between visitors and art that specifically represents the Black Swamp Arts Festival” .

Other goals are to provide welcoming art to participating visual artists and, for convenience, to easily show artists and volunteers where the Artist Hospitality Suite is located.

“The mural is a welcome opportunity to thank Dick Lambert and Heather Reid of H&R Block for supporting the festival for over 15 years through their volunteer work and providing guest artists with a central and welcoming space for the hospitality suite.” , said Hutchings.

Artist Hospitality is a backstage part of the festival, accessible only to participating artists and designated volunteers. The space offers artists the opportunity to get out of the elements, grab a drink of water or a snack, and enjoy a quick and refreshing break from the busy festival.

The Black Swamp Arts Festival is a free three-day live music and arts festival committed to providing quality arts and music experiences. Held in downtown Bowling Green, September 9-11, there are three music stages, two art exhibits, Youth Arts, Artists at Work, Chalk Walk, and more.

Volunteers are still needed for shifts at this year’s festival. Information about volunteering at the festival is available at www.blackswampfest.org/support.

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