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Painting has started on the fence “canvas” provided by Barb and Marlon Prottsman. There will be eight murals painted by area artists of all skill levels. The Vigil family of Venango started painting their “Lilo and Stitch” themed mural Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Fence mural project underway

By Becky Kuntzelman
The Imperial Republican
    Back in March, Barb Prottsman, Imperial Postmaster, and her husband, Marlon, announced they wanted to give back to the community.
    They came up with the idea to offer their 130 foot wood fence, that runs east and west between 12th Street and their property at 1145 Wellington, as a sort of “canvas,” she said.
    “We thought it would be fun to organize a contest and challenge local artists of all ages and abilities to paint murals on eight different 16x8-foot sections of the fence,” Prottsman said.
    May 24 was the deadline to reserve a section. All have been spoken for now, she said.
    “Artists have until June 24 to complete their murals. After that, the community will be able to start voting for their favorite murals by depositing any amount of money they wish in the voting box that will be provided,” she said.

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