WADSWORTH — A city building is now home to murals created by a local artist, and more are planned.
“It’s great, it’s wonderful,” said Mayor Robin Laubaugh. “We’ve been talking about murals for several years, so for it to come to reality is really exciting.”
The city started its mural project last fall, and the first installment was revealed on Friday. The installment, painted by Wadsworth resident Paulette Grubb, consists of five murals on the wall of The Sub Station, 116 High St. They are based off of historic photos of Wadsworth that Grubb had.
“I embellished them, I just sort of created color for them, I added more people in them,” said Grubb of using the photos as a base for her murals.
Grubb created her murals at home. She painted pieces of wood white and then painted the murals over that. It took about six weeks to paint the murals.
Photos of her murals were enlarged, printed on a film that had and adhesive backing and affixed to the brick wall Friday morning before they were unveiled.
“It was nice being able to work from home and get more detail in them,” Grubb said. “With the weather we’ve been having, I would’ve still been doing these murals.”
Murals like the ones that Grubb created will help display some of Wadsworth’s history. Eventually, the murals will be accompanied with the background stories of the photos they are based off.
“It helps the community share its history and share its story,” said Adrianne Krauss, executive director of Main Street Wadsworth. “These murals are different snapshots and scenes of Wadsworth in the past.”
These murals will do more than just display the city’s history, however. They will also draw people in.
“It really just enhances our downtown to make it a destination,” Krauss said. “People are going to come down because they want to see these murals and then they might want to eat at a restaurant and then shop at one of our boutiques downtown, so that’s going to help our local economy.”
The city will continue adding murals.
“It’s wonderful to have some beautiful depictions of our history to be able to kick off this mural project,” said Laubaugh. “It brings a lot of interest, it beautifies the buildings.”
For more information on the project and to donate, visit https://mainstreetwads worth.org/ or givinggrid.com/ wadsworthartmural.
Donations also can be made by check to Main Street Wadsworth and mailed to 102 Main St., Suite 20, in Wadsworth.