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Local artist completes crosswalk near Riverfront Park

The new Star City crosswalks honoring veterans have been completed near the Edith B. Barill Riverfront Park.

They read, “All gave some, some gave all.”

The mural was brought to life through a collaboration with Star City Treasurer Steve Blinco and local artist and Morgantown native, Danielle Rudash. Blinco had the vision of a patriotic mural for the town and Rudash designed and painted it.

“The town of Star City is thrilled with this addition of artwork to our riverfront park,” said Blinco. “We believe it will greatly enhance our community and aid pedestrians as they travel along the rail-trail. We are so proud to honor the sacrifices of our local veterans and we could not think of a better place to do so than next to our JFK Memorial Plaza. We are so thankful for the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown and their help in making projects like this possible.”

While completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at West Virginia University, Rudash became a mother, sparking a passion to showcase her emotions, experiences and relationships through her work.

Specializing in visual art, her work primarily focuses on paintings. Rudash is also the coordinator of Community Events and Engagement at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center and Track & Field Complex.

Funding for the crosswalk project was made possible through the Organizational Arts Grant, a collection of funds from the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission. The grant is administered by Your Community Foundation and the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown to support organizations with art-based missions and projects.

From August to June, the Organizational Arts Grant awarded more than $169,000 to a variety of organizations.

The Arts Council is committed to connecting creatives with opportunities to make the larger community a better place for all by increasing the arts throughout Mon County.