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Chamber of Commerce raises $1,000 to help replace mural

January 5, 2012

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This mural in the alley between 716 and 718 Mass., called "The Guardian of the Arts," was organized by local artist Dave Loewenstein in 1993. Repairs on the wall recently covered up the mural, but Loewenstein and local business owner Clay Belcher are exploring options to possibly recreate the mural.

This mural in the alley between 716 and 718 Mass., called "The Guardian of the Arts," was organized by local artist Dave Loewenstein in 1993. Repairs on the wall recently covered up the mural, but Loewenstein and local business owner Clay Belcher are exploring options to possibly recreate the mural.

Plans to replace a long-standing downtown Lawrence mural received a big boost Thursday from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

One day after a Journal-World article highlighted plans to replace a mural that was in the walkway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass., the chamber helped raise $1,000 for a future mural project, said Hank Booth, interim director.

Booth said he saw the Journal-World story, consulted with some chamber board members, and decided to help restore the mural that was recently covered up during repairs to the building that houses Signs of Life, 722 Mass.

“We said, ‘Let’s get this done today,” Booth said.

The money was raised by a variety of individuals and downtown businesses, Booth said.

Local artist Dave Loewenstein organized the original mural, named “The Guardian of the Arts,” with dozens of others in 1993.

Loewenstein and Clay Belcher, owner of Signs of Life, both said they hoped to restore the mural but were looking for ways to finance the project.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

I am impressed and thank you, members of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, as well as all other persons who are interested in this project!

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naturalist 2 years, 8 months ago

Yay! Maybe others will follow suit and chip in to fund a new mural in its place. It's a treasured form of art.

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Noweigh 2 years, 8 months ago

Congrats Chamber for once again, postively contirbuting to the greater good. Interested to see if typical Chamber bashers are willing to accept the money. Regardless, well done LCofC!!

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 8 months ago

DLA gets 40K an year from the taxpayer. Why are they not involved in this project?

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

Downtown Lawrence Association.

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