LOWELL | A renowned muralist will capture sea creatures, jungle animals and this small town's picturesque park in a piece he will create for the Lowell Public Library.
"It's going to be fantastic. ... This is something the community will treasure forever," Library Director Sandy Morgan said of Dennis Orlowski's work. Orlowski will create the murals on three walls of the library's children's section.
Morgan said Orlowski offered to paint the murals while visiting a friend in Lowell.
"I told him we really don't have any funds, and he offered to do it for whatever we collect," she said.
Letters requesting donations began going out the week of March 28 to area corporations and businesses, Morgan said.
Orlowski already has begun preparation work. One wall will be a jungle scene while another will feature the ocean. The third wall will feature Evergreen Park and its pond, which sits across from the library campus.
Morgan said each mural will be interactive-friendly so that it will have teaching value as well.
Two people will get a special place in the mural through two raffles.
In one contest, six Tri-Creek School Corp. children, one each from kindergarten through fifth grade, will be depicted in the mural. People of any age can enter the second drawing for the chance to have their name or a name of their choosing hidden within the mural. Raffle tickets for both opportunities are available at the library for $1 each or six for $5.
A student of art since age 14, Orlowski is famously known for his Madonna Czestochowa, the Madonna and child he created for Pope John Paul ll's historical visit to Michigan in 1987.
Orlowski's studies included a year learning fresco techniques at the University of Mexico under a former assistant to famed muralist Diego Rivera. One of his murals graces the walls of the San Carlos Art Academy at the university. His murals also can be found in Germany and in more than 100 libraries and schools in southeastern Michigan.
Orlowski has retired from teaching in Detroit schools and now mentors art students and continues mural painting.