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Andersonville Businesses Paint Several Vibrant Murals Outside Their Shops Over The Summer

A mock-up of the upcoming mural

It is fitting that during Andersonville Art Week, which is currently in progress through Sept. 16, area businesses are able to showcase new public art projects they have painted onto the exterior walls of their properties.

With Andersonville and Edgewater being an art lover’s destination, the neighborhood was intrigued by the recent “You are Beautiful” signs that went up in the area and the “Anything is possible” mural on the Jewel-Osco wall at 5516 N. Clark. Both were the brainchild of artist Matthew Hoffman.

Over this past summer some local businesses decided to get into the spirit as well. Hamburger Mary’s at 5400 N. Clark put up their colorful Pride Wings on the south side of the restaurant along with First Slice Cafe at 5357 N Ashland, who installed their exciting ‘Feeding The Community’ mural earlier this summer.

It was recently announced that another Andersonville business will join the effort. RE: Chiropractic and Wellness, which is located on the second floor at 5347 N. Clark, will be adding another public mural on their north-facing wall over Big Jones. RE Owner Sarah Ghorbanian said they will be power washing the wall and the new art will be painted onto it soon.

Ghorbanian was inspired by all the local public art and was excited to see it all mentioned in the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Neighborhood Guide’s map.

Photo: Hamburger Mary FB

“I love seeing all the public art and I wanted to do it too,” said Ghorbanian. “I was at Replay Bar looking out the window and I noticed that I had the perfect space on the brick wall outside my office on the second floor. I wanted to make something that the neighborhood could enjoy.”

Ghorbanian enlisted the work of artist Brett Whitacre whose work she fell in love with at District (4835 N Damen). His vibrant, whimsical style, which is often done on glass but has also been painted on large scale objects like a barn in Nashville, instantly was emblazoned in her mind. She reached out to the artist and he gladly accepted the job.

Originally Ghorbanian was going to fund the project out of her own pocket. But when she described the endeavor to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, they explained that there was a public art fund through the SSA that could refund her up to $1000. She needed to fill out a facade rebate application explaining the project, its artist, and how it is good for the neighborhood. After consideration, she ended up qualifying for the refund.

“Art is good for the community,” said Ghorbanian. “This will add to the the visual enjoyment of the area. We take such pride in our buildings, the character and the charm of Andersonville. Just like Hamburger Mary’s, First Slice and The Coffee Studio down the street, It’s a cool thing to take a blank wall and insert something that is beautiful. This is a continuation of that.”

The new mural should take a few days and could be completed by the end of next week.

 

 


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