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New Andersonville Mural Brings A Bit Of Summer To The Area

Photo: Thom Greene

Adding to a collection of murals that have gone up recently in the Andersonville and Edgewater communities, a new work has been painted on a blank brick and concrete wall bringing to the area a vibrant summer scene complete with monarch butterflies, coneflowers and black-eyed susans.

The mural adorns the back of an annex building at 5357 N. Ashland in an alleyway which is visible from Clark Street. The property’s owners Thom Greene and his wife Nadeen wanted to add some life and color to the wall not only to help brighten up Andersonville but also to engage people to look down Balmoral Street from Clark towards businesses such as First Slice Cafe.

They selected their friend James Wagner to paint the mural. Wagner, who is an area actor as well as a local restaurant server, had never created a mural before but the Greenes handed him a sketch of what they wanted and gave him artistic reigns for the project.

“I was attracted to both him and his work,” Thom Greene said while speaking about James Wagner. “I wanted to give him a new canvas for his art. He has done some water colors and small scale things for people in the neighborhood but never something this large.”

The piece which depicts a peaceful lakefront scene is complemented by a metal butterfly which has adorned the corner of the building for years. It was taken down while Wagner created his art, repainted to match the work, and has been rehung to add to the whole nature concept.

About one-third of the costs associated with the mural were covered with SSA funds through a public art program started by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce while the Greenes covered the remaining amount.

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