2017-12-07 / News

Hart, McNamara-Underwood Paint Mural for Downtown


This Upper Peninsula scene featuring a moose, bear, fish, and a moon is part of a mural created by Clyde Hart and Paula McNamara-Underwood and displayed in the downtown storefront window of Tropic North for the winter. This Upper Peninsula scene featuring a moose, bear, fish, and a moon is part of a mural created by Clyde Hart and Paula McNamara-Underwood and displayed in the downtown storefront window of Tropic North for the winter. Clyde Hart and Paula McNamara Underwood spent three weeks and approximately 50 hours painting an Upper Peninsulathemed mural that was placed in the storefront windows of Tropic North on North State Street in downtown St. Ignace. The project was funded by a $500 donation from the Downtown Development Authority.

In May, Mrs. McNamara-Underwood proposed offering afterschool art classes for students at LaSalle High School to create artwork to be displayed in windows of downtown shop fronts. She and Clyde Hart were to be the primary instructors for the class. In support of this idea, the DDA board donated $500 for supplies such as canvasses and paints. The class was never established, but Mrs. McNamara Underwood and Mr. Hart got permission from local business, Tropic North, to display a mural in its storefront window. The mural is of an Upper Peninsula scene featuring a bear, wolf, deer, moose, fox, fish, and an eagle. It stretches across the entire storefront.

The intent behind the original idea was to spruce up the down- town by displaying art in the windows of businesses that close during the winter. The hope is that other businesses will be inspired to use their storefronts in creative ways to further beautify the downtown St. Ignace area throughout the winter.

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