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Making progress on the Pleasant Street mural

The mural in progress on the Pleasant Street Parking Garage is on track to be completed this month.

Main Street Morgantown Executive Director Barbara Watkins said Monday the Pleasant Street mural, as well as two others commissioned by Main Street Morgantown, will be done ideally by May 1.

Jennifer Ramsey, the artist who designed and is painting the Pleasant Street mural, said while she is hoping to have that one done by the middle of this month, the timeline is subject to change due to the prediction of rain in next week’s weather forecast.

“I’m hoping to have it done by the middle of the month, the next 10 days or so. The weather’s been taking a toll on all of it,” Ramsey said.

She said if the mural cannot be completed in the next 10 days because of the weather, it will be finished by the end of the month.

The Pleasant Street mural and the two others planned for downtown Morgantown were made possible by the Organizational Arts Grant.

The Organizational Arts Grant program aims to broaden support for the arts, promote excellence in the arts and make sure arts and cultural organizations are able to provide various art programs for the community.

A trout in the foreground will be finished later, as Jennifer Ramsey works on the mural on Pleasant Street Tuesday.

The program is funded by the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission through a collaboration between Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia (YCF) and the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown (Arts Mon).

Main Street Morgantown received the first Organizational Arts Grant in 2018. The organization has received a total of $20,000 from the program over the last three years for projects such as Arts Walk, Trash Receptacle Wraps, Downtown Murals, and DOH Electrical Box Wraps.

Watkins said the projects may not have taken place without Organizational Arts Grants.

“Main Street has been working to make the downtown a shopping, dining, and arts and entertainment district. The Organizational [Arts] Grant will help us reach this goal and beautify the downtown and promote local artists,” she said.

Watkins said another goal of the organization is to bring more connectivity and community involvement to Main Street Morgantown.

“Public art is one way we’re working towards this goal,” she said.

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Jennifer Ramsey paints a flying squirrel on the Pleasant Street mural.