A small group of Canandaigua Academy artists who have been literally leaving their marks on the walls of their school, painting murals, was looking to do a community project.
About the same time, staff at UR Medicine Thompson Health’s Wellness Department were considering a mural, inspired partly by one at UR Highland Hospital that winds up several flights, encouraging people to use the stairs instead of taking an elevator.
Dan Rice of Thompson’s Wellness Department went through the Ontario County Arts Council for contacts, while CA senior Jenna Koelling, a founder of the school’s Mural Club, had been talking about a community project with her English teacher, Mary Eckdahl. Eckdahl knew someone at Thompson, and a collaboration was started, overseen by Rice; Melissa Newcomb, an art professor at Keuka Collegel and Kelly Coons, a CA art teacher and Mural Club advisor.
Newcomb is a muralist who worked on the large painting on the Crown Jewelry building on South Main Street.
“I wanted a community partnership, and this seemed like a great opportunity to connect aspiring artists with exhibiting artists,” said Rice.