I was able to complete 3 murals in 2018! This third one was the biggest I've done (55 feet long by 15 feet tall), was on rough brick, and was painted during iffy weather late in the season. For the entire month of October, I spent the days that were not rainy or below 40 degrees painting this historical mural for the Town of Highland, Indiana.
The Town Theater opened in 1946. With a neon marquee, Vitrolite tiles, and a quilted aluminum ticket booth, it was a classic, mid-century modern movie theater. Sadly, it was razed in January of this year.
The cabbage field represents the crops planted by Dutch families—tenant farmers—who arrived in the 1880s, growing lots of cabbage. Sauerkraut processing using the cabbage grown by these local Dutch farmers became Highland’s first industry when Libby, McNeil & Libby Co. built a cannery.
Another treasure in Highland is a heron rookery near the Little Calumet River. Every spring the herons return to nest.
And of course, the bright tulips are for Highland's Dutch settlers.
This was a challenging and rewarding project. I'm thankful to the Highland Redevelopment Commission, and everyone involved, for the opportunity and their assistance.
I am so glad I finished before the snow arrives!