Greta McLain: Artist Interview

TheUltimate Appearance Salon building on Main Street is home to a new, 500-square foot mural: “Our River of Many Fish” by Minneapolis-based artist Greta McLain. McLain, with her brother and lead assistant Eammon McLain, led community painting parties and completed and installed the mural in just eight days in September – the shortest window of time they’ve ever had for a project like this. The project was a collaboration between McLain’s business, Goodspace Murals, and the Ashtabula Arts Center. Ultimate Appearance owner Jane Haines offered her building as the site for the mural. Arts Center Executive Director Meeghan Humphrey says McLain’s murals typically take weeks, or even months, to complete. “Greta was happy with the end result and relieved that the mural was finished successfully in that short window. And she was thrilled with the level of involvement and enthusiasm from community participants we received. This compressed process made for a unique experience for those participants, too, since the fast turnaround from painting to installation meant they could see the artwork they helped create go up almost instantly.” The Ohio Arts Council, who gave the Arts Center an $8,000 grant for the project, included a photo of the Ashtabula mural … Continue reading Greta McLain: Artist Interview