Highland looks to add another mural

A mural in downtown Highland is shown.

Highland is looking to add a third mural downtown, which it's trying to enliven with more public art.

Artists Jessica Haug and Liz Mares have painted colorful murals of a heron and more abstract design on Jewett Street near Miles Books and the Sip coffeehouse.

The Highland Redevelopment Commission's Main Street Bureau is seeking an artist to paint a third outdoor mural next to the two existing ones on the side of a building at 2825 Jewett St. It's part of the town's effort to create a Sculpture and Art Walk in a downtown where several storefronts have shuttered in recent years, restaurants have closed and the longtime plans to bring back the historic Town Theatre it was best known for got derailed.

"The proposed mural is being done in cooperation with the building’s owner, who granted the Redevelopment Commission permission to proceed with the project," the Highland Redevelopment Commission said in a news release. "The selected artist will receive a $500 stipend and be reimbursed up to $700 for supplies by the Highland Redevelopment Commission."

The call is open to all artists, though Highland artists get priority, followed by Lake County artists. They will get a chance to paint a work on a 70-foot-long-by-14-foot high gray cinderblock wall.

"There is no theme for the mural, however only family-friendly concepts will be considered. Also note, this mural will be the third mural surrounding this public space," Highland said in its call for art. "Applicants are strongly urged to visit the location, in order to ensure that your submission is compatible with the existing work."

Anyone who's interested should email a bio and a sketch of his or her design in a jpg file to lryskamp@highland.in.gov by Sept. 11.

For more information, visit www.highland.in.gov.

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