WOODSTOCK – The proposed mural for the pedway on the walk to Classic Cinemas off Main Street in downtown Woodstock is well on its way to becoming a reality.
Rockford artist Mark Adamany is in the process of creating the mural, which will feature Woodstock’s cultural icons – including artist Chester Gould and his Dick Tracy character, Orson Wells, the film “Groundhog Day” and various stars who got their start at the Woodstock Opera House.
Adamany is painting the 118-foot-long mural, which stands 15 feet high at the tallest end, by hand. He first sketched the design onto the wall, a process that took 41 hours to complete, he said.
“When it’s this big, we put them on transparencies and we can go 8-foot square at a time,” he said. “But the thing is that transparency projectors distort. … You have to go back up there and improvise and fix the text with a level stick, by hand.”
Mayor Brian Sager said he was pleased at how the mural was progressing.
“Mark is incredibly talented and has done a really, really fine job of bringing the image and process to fruition,” Sager said. “I think this is going to be a great example of things we can do.”
A group of volunteers is behind the mural project, which has been completely funded by grants and donations. The committee has raised $60,000, said committee member Terry Willcockson, who also is a grant writer for the city of Woodstock.
“We still need more donations to complete the vision that includes a sculpture garden and make it a comprehensive museum area,” she said. “So we are looking forward to that. At this point, we are planning for a gala reception for our donors as soon as the mural is finished.”
The committee needs another $25,000 to complete the entire project, which will include educational signs and videos, landscaping elements and a gateway arch, Willcockson said.
Committee member John Puzzo said he was pleased with the way the project was looking.
“It’s going quite well,” he said. “Mark Adamany is doing an excellent job. … I think the biggest [issue] is fundraising, and every organization and program has that same problem. It’s coming in slow but steady.”